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Peace Day   (published in Jamaica)

March 1, 2016 by   Comments(0)

“A peaceful resolution is the best solution.” This is the theme for this years Peace Day, March 1, 2016. This day was name by the Governor General of Jamaica in 1996 Sir Howard Cooke where he declared Peace Day be celebrated on the first Tuesday of March each year. This venture was launched to encourage Jamaicans to live loving with everyone as well as provide tips on conflict resolution in schools and communities across the island. This years theme is one that encourages everyone to find a peacefully way to resolve their cnflicts.

Peace Day is celebrated with activities in Schools and Communities across the island. Various activities are generally set up for everyone to participate in. The children would wear blue ribbons in their hair or on their uniforms in celebration of the day. There are marches in some community schools to promote peace and educate the residence of those communities on mediation techniques that can be used to resolve conflicts. PALS plays a major role in this venture to ensure that Peace is maintained in schools and communities.

I remember growing up, Peace Day was one of the activities I would look forward to, not only to have a Peace Day concert but to learn ways in which to show love and live peacefully with others. This day of activity has garnished the way for many young adults today to show love to everyone.

So on this Peace Day, let us all wear something blue, remember what the day should be about and let us show peace not only on this day but throughout the rest of the year and beyond. As the song says, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me…” I will leave with you a prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.Where there is hatred, let me sow love;where there is injury, ...

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Peace Day
Peace Day

Wacth Out Fi Dis!   (published in Jamaica)

January 25, 2016 by   Comments(0)

A visit to Jamaica can be one of the most epic experiences you’ll ever have…only if you do it right. What do we mean by doing right? Well there are certain ways to enhance your experience through proper preparation, observation and participation. We are here to help you get it as close to ‘right’ as possible with some simple yet necessary tips. Here we go.

Watch out fi di mosquitoes.

It doesn’t really matter what time of year you decide to take a trip to the island you are sure to encounter some mosquitoes. Take with you some mosquito repellants, long sleeve shirts and pants along with the tank tops and swimsuits you were planning on wearing and you should be fine 

Watch out fi di pot holes

Yes yes we are a developing country and some of the natural resources and facilities will reflect that. If you plan on renting a vehicle we recommend a SUV or definite 4x4 if you can afford it. If not, just remember to get one that is fit and ready to take on the road. You might have to deal with a couple pot holes on your journey.

Watch out fi di Jamaican Timing

Time as we know it doesn’t really exist in Jamaica, well not like what foreigners may be used to. Our timing can be a little off. So do not get upset when an event starts a little later than the time advertised or your meeting commences thirty minutes after scheduled. Just sit back relax and enjoy everything else that we have to offer.

Watch out fi di load!

When travelling of course and we don’t mean things…but people rather, whether in a taxi or a bus. We leave no one behind, this you will find out once taking public transportation in Jamaica. The taxis will have a little more that expected number of passengers and so too most buses. The ...

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Wacth Out Fi Dis!
Wacth Out Fi Dis!

Projects Of 2016-Projects Abroad Jamaica   (published in Jamaica)

January 16, 2016 by   Comments(0)

Hello Friends,

It’s wonderful to see you again in 2016. Thank you for continuously supporting the work of Projects Abroad Jamaica in community building. We have so much to be thankful for as many of our goals for 2015 have been realized, of course not without your help. So as we look forward to another amazing year we would just like to remind you of some of our annual projects; making you more than prepared to enhance the worth and spread the impact. Let’s get started.

Our Care Programme facilitates a homeless outreach every month in both Mandeville and Montego Bay. The team reaches out to the homeless and street persons and offer personal care in the form of massages, manicures and pedicures, toiletries and other care items, as well as breakfast and lunch meals alternately. This outreach will be done 24 times in total, in both towns so don’t hesitate to participate at any time.

Our Medical Outreach activities are also done once a month in Manchester and Clarendon communities. These activities provide our volunteers with an opportunity to offer basic medical care, toiletries and other supplies to the most vulnerable in the communities. There are many who are unable to afford professional medical help and as such we try our best to provide the need. While there are many who benefit, there is still a long way to go. This is why we encourage you to contribute to our outreach programmes as best as you can. Help us help those in need.

Then there is Operation Spread The Love. This initiative focuses on identifying individuals in the local media, who have had unfortunate experiences such as extreme poverty, a fire, theft, physical impairment among others. Once these individuals have been highlighted, the team works on the best way possible to render ...

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Projects Of 2016-Projects Abroad Jamaica
Projects Of 2016-Projects Abroad Jamaica

Smiles For Christmas In Lancaster Manchester   (published in Jamaica)

December 23, 2015 by   Comments(0)

Decked out in green shirts and red and white Santa hats the Projects Abroad Jamaica team, including volunteers, hosted the Operation Krismus Smile and Christmas Elderly Outreach on December 18, 2015. For this year, the treats were held simultaneously in the Langcaster community of Manchester. The ‘Operation Krismus Smile’ project is one of Projects Abroad Jamaica’s initiatives geared towards making Christmas very special for poor and needy children. We have noticed a significant number of children especially in rural communities, without a toy and as such we were moved to help brighten their holidays by working to provide them with toys. For the second consecutive year we facilitated toy drives in which we collect and distribute the toys to children living not only in Manchester but also Clarendon and Kingston.

Toys were collected by members of staff, partners as well as current and past volunteers who, though they are thousands of miles away, wanted to contribute to the worthy cause. This year we collected over 300 toys inclusive of dolls, stuffed animals, cars, trucks, kites and balls. We also scheduled wrapping days when the team would come together and package the toys using Christmas themed wrapping paper. In addition to wrapping the toys, the team had to also prepare packages for the elderly as well. The older folks in Lancaster would also benefit from the Christmas treat. Basic food items such as sugar, flour, mackerel and rice were wrapped as well as toiletries for the elderly to enjoy.

On December 18, 2015 the team took the toys, elderly packages, cakes, ice-cream, music and high energy to the residents of Langcaster. The staff was accompanied by Medicine volunteers Ha Nui Chun from South Korea, Elena Iannelli from Italy and Barbera ...

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Smiles For Christmas In Lancaster Manchester
Smiles For Christmas In Lancaster Manchester

Care Volunteers Help Cater To Children At Christmas Treat   (published in Jamaica)

December 15, 2015 by   Comments(0)

The Young Women/Men of Purpose organization in association with the 3D Project hosted their 7th Annual Christmas treat for children with special needs on December 10, 2015. The treat caters to children and a few adults with medical, mental or psychological disabilities, living in the parishes of Manchester, Clarendon and St. Elizabeth. For the second consecutive year Projects Abroad Jamaica’s Care team extended their services as the main group of volunteers for the event. The Manchester Horticultural Show Grounds was once again the venue for the event with participants enjoying fun games, great food and Christmas gifts as part of the year end’s celebration.

Upon arrival the team got straight into helping to prepare the area. The Care volunteers and Programme Officer were setting up tables and chairs and helping to decorate the area. We were arranging chairs, tables and anything that needed to be arranged. A devotion exercise started the treat, shortly after children were enjoying merry music and some delicious snacks. Of course our main then turned into serving the food; chicken soup, hot dog and juice.

Typical of almost all Jamaican events, there were numerous dance competitions. The first round saw the male dancers showing off their skills. All participants were children with special needs, and special skills in dancing as they brought the venue down moving to every beat. The winner was clear, but the dance off between the last two males was so entertaining it had to happen…twice; keeping the attendees on their feet and full of laughter and cheers. There were also items performed by some of the participants including the specially invited McIntosh Memorial Primary School and the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf. These items kept within ...

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Care Volunteers Help Cater To Children At Christmas Treat
Care Volunteers Help Cater To Children At Christmas Treat

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