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CVSS Membership & nomination of our CEO to the executive body

// November 28th, 2014 // No Comments » // News

cvss_membership This week HELP Jamaica! became a full member of the Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS).

Our provisional membership was released after satisfying all of the requirements for membership and as a Jamaican Registered Charitable Organization.

Another milestone in the continued professional development of HELP Jamaica!

 

But not only that: The CVSS Annual General Meeting held this week also nominated our CEO Virginia Chin to sit on the Executive Body of the Council. We congratulate Mrs. Chin for her nomination to the CVSS executive body as a great appreciation for her fantastic work not only here at HELP Jamaica! but also her highly valued contribution for the charity sector in Jamaica overall. Thanks & Congratulations!

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Financial Education Workshop – November 17th 2014

// November 27th, 2014 // No Comments » // News

In cooperation with the SDC (Social Developement Commission) we hosted a financial education workshop last week. It was all about budgeting and how to start or run a small business.

Most of the street vendors from the community as well as a lot others interested in the matters came out!  It was a great success and the attendees were very pleased with the workshop.

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Computer courses are proofing to be very effective!

// November 27th, 2014 // No Comments » // News

Good news to be shared: Due to the great work our team is doing everyday in the Education Center, we are pleased to be able to highlight another proof for our effective work in accordance to our motto: Education For A Change!

computerclass Thanks, to Mrs. Chin and our entire team, with special mention of Mr. Otto McLeod, the teacher of our daily Computer classes!

We had six persons getting jobs during last week week, after empowerment sessions by the CEO and other Team Members, encouraging adult attendees “Not To Give Up”.

We are very proud and want you to know, that since the Computer classes started in September 2013 – most of the students are now employed, either using the skills accomplished in Mr. McLeod’s computer courses or in other fields. As the word here at the Center is “You must get a job” to help yourself and your children.

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The German Ambassador visited the Education Center today!

// November 12th, 2014 // No Comments » // News

The German Ambassador and his wife visited the Education Center today! 
They viewed the project and the many outstanding achievements the Center has accomplished 
since it opened. They did a walk around the premises together with our Chairwoman Birte Timm, 
Mr. Paul Cole - Board Member and Treasurer of the Center, and the Center's CEO Mrs. Chin. 
Talked to the students which were present at our early morning computer classes and were 
impressed by the various things our children did with our handcraft teachers.

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The 2015 HELP Jamaica! Calendar is now available!

// October 26th, 2014 // No Comments » // News

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Christmas soon come….Get your perfect Christmas gift!

Give out the calendar to somebody as a present and make a contribution towards HELP Jamaica! at the same time!

The 2015 Charity Calendar features a selection of 12 wonderful and impressive photos, by professional photographers from all over the globe, displaying the many beautiful facets of Jamaica. The Landscape, People, Flora & Fauna or unique Jamaican settings in stunning colors – each month will brighten up your wall.

High quality calendar, 14 pages (size: DIN A3) offset-printed, carefully shrink-wrapped in transparent foil and delivered in special cardboard-box to protect and ensure secure shipment!

Guaranteed, 100% of the revenues from selling this calendar will be used to finance the running-costs and expenses, salaries, material and utility bills at HELP Jamaica! Education Center in Cassava Piece, Kingston 8.

The making of this (our sixth) charity calendar was again a very positive experience – all photographers we asked to be involved in producing the calendar immediately and generously agreed to support the worthy cause and provided their artwork for free. The 2015 HELP Jamaica! Charity Calendar would not have been possible without the generous encouragement and support of all these people! Thanks a lot!

Make sure to order your copies from early! The limited edition gained fans from all over the world and turned into a collectors-item already…   >>>> order your calendar here <<<<

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Team HELP Jamaica! wins 81 medals at CVSS Summer Games

// July 22nd, 2014 // No Comments » // News

Each year since 2007, The Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS) hosts its Annual Summer Games for many children and young adults from across Jamaica. The games are unique as they involve both able-bodied and disabled young people (ages 10-25 years) competing together.

cvssgames The games focus on youth from over 20 at-risk inner-city communities like: Magestic Garden, Trench Town, Almond Town, Parade Garden etc. They are designed for individuals who often do not get a chance to compete in various sporting events, to unearth the talents of at-risk youth, help young people get in shape, develop a sense of team work, and meet and share experiences with peers from around the island.

These games are held in the spirit of fellowship, to enjoy competition and understand the diverse skills and talents of the Jamaican youth.

Last year we took ‘our’ children to a trip to visit the games as spectators, but this year we enrolled Team HELP Jamaica! to compete with the other children and youths on July 5, 2014 at Mona Bowl on the U.W.I Campus in Kingston.  An overall number of 1300 participants on behalf of Voluntary Community based organizations that work with youth competed in various events.  For many of these young people this is their only opportunity for an organized activity for the summer months. This year Help Jamaica! for the first time had 36 participants gaining 81 medals with a second place all over for the athletic event.

We were successful in the following categories:

morewinners Egg and Spoon Races – 2 Winners
Sack Race -  3 Winners
100 Meters – all events by age categories
200 Meters – Winners in All categories
400 Meters – First Place Boys
400 Meters – Second Place Girls
4 x 100 Winners in All categories – Boys and Girls
4 x 400 Relays – Boys – Winners
4 x 400 Relays – Girls – 2 Place
Netball Under 16 – Second Place

Congrats to our successful athletes!

The day after the event our team served pizza, chicken and drinks that all the children shared together in appreciation for the athletes efforts.

The majority of the children who ran, did so  without spikes, sneakers or shoes and would appreciate donations of inkind or funds to purchase same for the future. We definately going to be back  with Team HELP Jamaica! to compete in next years games again.

Impressions of CVSS Summer Games 2014

 

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New Video

// July 12th, 2014 // No Comments » // News

Thanks to our friends at Urban Tree Music – we finally have a video of our 5th Anniversary & Opening of our IT-Unit Celebration to present!

On February 12, 2014, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy & Mining launched the IT-Unit at the Center with computers donated by the Government of Jamaica’s Universal Service Fund in association with the Social Development Commission (SDC).

See some impressions from the event with statements from ministers, team members, community members, directors and friends about the Center, the progress and the positive impact it has on the surrounding communities.

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Crowdfunding Project for our ‘Summer School’ Program

// July 11th, 2014 // No Comments » // News

We set up a crowdfunding project on the popular website Indiegogo.com.

It aims to secure that we care able to offer various workshops for the children within our ‘Summer School’ program during the holidays in Kingston. Just like we did in the previous two summers.

crowdfunding_indiegogo During the summer vacations there are not many opportunities for the children of inner city communities to take part in excursions and recreational activities due to lack of funds or options. In the last two years we therefore founded our ‘Summer School’ program where we offer possibilities for the children and youths to enjoy some exciting pursuits.

In the school term our focus is mainly on educational programs and homework tutoring, but during the summer holidays the emphasis is on handcraft, sports, fun and games as well as musical activities.

See all details about the project its aims and goals and the offered program we seek to finance on Indiegogo’s website.

If everybody gives a little we will be able to ensure that the children can spend a wonderful summer in our center.

Please make a donation and share this post. Any dollar helps!
Your support is very much appreciated!

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Summerjam Festival donates 2482,- EUR

// July 11th, 2014 // No Comments » // News

summerjamposter2014 After this year staging of the 29th Summerjam Festival , the promoter donated the sum of 2482,- EUR towards HELP Jamaica! The money was collected at the festival guestlist.

Big up and thanks from the entire HELP Jamaica! crew to the production team and Contour Music as the promoter, for the great and continuous support over the years.

Your support very much appreciated and a great help in financing the daily operation of our Education Center.

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Career Day 2014

// July 11th, 2014 // No Comments » // News

Each year in June, Jamaican schools celebrate Career Day, allowing children to wear uniforms of their different career choices.  Have a look at Jamaica’s future Nurses, Lawyers, Soldiers, Police Officers and Pilots.

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