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The 2017 Charity Calendar – Out Now!

// October 8th, 2016 // No Comments » // News

01_Cover2017 Christmas soon come….
Get your perfect Christmas gift!

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

This year we teamed up with ‘Paint Jamaica’ a grassroots organization and an art initiative born in July 2014 out of the idea that art can fuel positive social change. We want to support Paint Jamaica’s dream to cover the entire downtown area with art, bringing pride and positive vibes to as much Jamaicans as possible. Providing new platforms for local artists to display their work and thus, highlighting Jamaica’s rich creative potential and talent. That is why we decided to share all revenues from selling this calendar with Paint Jamaica to help finance new projects.

The 2017 calendar features 12 beautiful photos of Jamaican street art. Pictures were taken at Paint Jamaica projects in downtown Kingston and generously donated by the photographers!

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!

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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… So do not wait with your order and secure your first Christmas gift(s) from early – before the year to year hustle starts and this offer is gone!

Big Up & Thanks to Paint Jamaica, the photographers who contributed their beautiful photos, as well as the graphic designer who contributed his time and skills. All free of costs towards the good cause! The 2017 HELP Jamaica! Charity Calendar would not have been possible without the generous encouragement and support of all these people! Thanks a lot!

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Website Update

// October 8th, 2016 // No Comments » // News

We want to aplogize for not keeping the website updated during 2016, we are currently working on a brand new website and hope to have it online before the end of the year! The new website by then will of course feature all what happened at HELP Jamaica! in 2016!

Until then, i would like to recommend to check for updates on Facebook – where we kept a better track on our work and achievements during 2016….because we didn’t stop working, we just never updated the website…

We hope you can accept our apology as we are still a very small NGO and our limited resources are sometimes not allowing us to do all necessary things at the same time…

Your HELP Jamaica Team!

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HELP Jamaica! Charity Calendar 2016

// October 13th, 2015 // No Comments » // News

Cover Christmas soon come….
Get your perfect Christmas gift!

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

Due to the great response we once again teamed up with the ‘International Reggae Poster Contest′. The 2016 calendar features 12 magnificent and contest winning poster artworks by graphic designers from all over the world.

Cover Infopage January February March April

May June July August September October

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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!

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…

So do not wait with your order and secure your first Christmas gift(s) from early – before the year to year hustle starts and this offer is gone!

Big Up & Thanks to the International Reggae Poster Contest and all the graphic designers who contributed their stunning artworks free of costs towards the good cause! The 2016 HELP Jamaica! Charity Calendar would not have been possible without the generous encouragement and support of all these people! Thanks a lot!

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New Spanish course added to the program

// October 13th, 2015 // No Comments » // Uncategorized

spanish Thanks to Ms. Harris (Volunteer Teacher) we now have weekly Spanish courses for Adults.

The Spanish class (Basic Spanish) will be held every Tuesday at 4.15 p.m. until 5.00 p.m.at the Education Center.

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Persons registered for our morning Computer classes are all interested and are taking part, this is a perfect fit, as a second language is a great addition to any career.

Million thanks to Ms Harris in the name of the entire HELP Jamaica! Team and all the students.

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Straight Outta Jamaica / Shirt & Bagpack

// October 13th, 2015 // No Comments » // Uncategorized

shirt_preview Get a shirt, support & represent Jamaica.
The best is that you can literally PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT and it comes with a HELP Jamaica! Button/Pin included if you donate a little something!

Starting at only 10 EUR!!  Get your shirt here

The more you give, the more we get! 100% of the proceeds are going towards HELP Jamaica!

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Since we liked the idea and style of the -Straight Outta Jamaica- slogan so much, we produced this Bagpack (100% Cotton) in strong yellow and green colour. A real eye catcher!

Available in our own online shop.

So do not hesitate – get your shirt and/or bagpack, support and represent!

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HELP Jamaica! and Rotary Club joining forces to spread free CXC classes all over Jamaica.

// October 13th, 2015 // 1 Comment » // News

rotary_tile One of the most popular offers at the Center are the daily CSEC-CXC Preparation Courses in the evenings, with more than 243 adults enrolled presently; studying Mathematics, English and Social Studies. CXC (Carribean Examination Council) certificates open a wide field of job opportunities as it is a Caribbean wide accepted examination.

The popularity and overcrowding of our free CXC preparation classes for adults and students at the Center verifies the high demand and necessity of these courses in inner-city communities.

That is why we are now trying to give the opportunity to more and more communities across Jamaica.

This is a milestone for HELP Jamaica! as we always wanted to spread free educational programs into communities all over the island and not only serve for one community and its surrounding.

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With the support of the Rotary Club of Palatine, Illinois (USA) as a generous donor we made a first step in September 2015 and started to offer CXC preparation classes in the community of Bushy Park, St. Catherine. 

We partnered with the Spring Village Development Foundation as the local host for the daily courses. More than 200 (!) persons signed in for the English and Math Classes in Spring Village. Due to the high number of enrollment – classes were divided into basic and advanced level and waiting lists for next classes to start in the future are already opened.

Just as in Cassava Piece at our own Education Center, the high demand and popularity of these educational programs is just overwhelming and testifies to the urgent needs.

 
With more supporters to join the initiative we are aiming to spread free CXC preparation classes island wide!

If you want to support your community with free CXC courses – get in touch with us.

 

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Jam-packed Orientation Day 2015

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orientation_square On Monday September 7th we held our Orientation Day at the HELP Jamaica! Education Center in Cassava Piece for the new school term starting.

It was very well attended with people standing in all corners, as it is the chance to get enrolled in the different CXC preparation courses and the Basic Computer Training Courses (HEART certified).

See the many lists with persons who whish to enroll in the different programs and you’ll understand the high demand and importance of our free CXC program and the Computer Courses!

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Once again we have to big up our volunteer teachers, without their dedicated work each and every day – we couldn’t run the adult education program at our Center!

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Impressive CXC Examination results

// October 12th, 2015 // No Comments » // News

August 2015 CXC_results

First of all we have to big up all our Volunteer Teachers for their dedicated work at the Center, without them we could not offer our daily CXC preparation (Carribean Examinations Council) courses for students and adults!

It is only because of these dedicated persons and their tireless teaching efforts that we are able to congratulate 21 persons from our free CXC preparation courses who passed their CXC Examinations in 27 subjects (some did more than one subject!).

WELL DONE!

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The Festival Season 2015

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The Festival Season started with the Summerjam Festival in Cologne – we give thanks for the support over the past years. Once more the Festival was collecting for HELP Jamaica! at the guestlist and donated the amount of 1425,65 EUR.

reggaejam2015 The next Festival was the Reggae Jam Festival in Bersenbrueck which not only collected at the guestlist as usual and donated 1385,91 EUR, but gave us the chance to collect deposit cups and organise a very successful tombola/raffle on the mainstage. This year the Reggae Jam also helped us to raise awareness by having a new ‘HELP Jamaica! Beach Club’ area in front of the dancehall-tent. Unfortunately the Festival was hit and interrupted by a major storm this year, causing the new area to shut down from Saturday morning due to security issues – but the HELP Jamaica! team and our info-tent survived the storm and apart from the weather it was another great weekend full of family vibes.

 
geel2015 With the Festival Season being in full swing, just the following weekend it was the Reggae Geel Festival.
Reggae Geel is the biggest and one of the oldest Reggae Festival in Europe (founded 1978!) and a strong HELP Jamaica! supporter for the last two years!  We set up our info-tent and spreaded our banners and posters all over the place! Backstage, Front Stage, Dancehall Tent. Chairman and Co-Founder Hilmar Keding did a interview on stage, explaining the project and raising awareness for HELP Jamaica!

geel2015_2 The Festival collected at the guestlist and gave us percentage of the selling of the Marley’s Mellow Mood Drinks on the Festival ground on top, donating a very generous overall sum of 4500,- EUR towards HELP Jamaica! Big Up, absolutely great Festival, full of vibes and support! We already counting days, looking forward to next years staging!

Million thanks from the HELP Jamaica! team to all three Festivals. We could not do the work in Kingston without strong and dedicated supporters like you!

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Summer 2015 (long overdue update)

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Sorry for not keeping the site updated during the summer, but our (very) small team is working busy all the time. We do not sleep, but we hardly find time to do the necessary updates on the website to put our work on display.

Please keep in mind HELP Jamaica! is only a few persons strong – small but dedicated. We do our very best and feel the project is coming along very succesful and effective, but we do apologize same time for making priorities which are causing the very few website updates. 

Follow us on Facebook (for more frequently updates) and Instagram (for more pictures)

So with that being explained, let me just summarize some of the highlights and happenings at HELP Jamaicat during the Summer Season 2015 with a few words and pictures.

Nesbeth On Friday May 29th the last day of ‘Child Month’ we welcomed recording artist Nesbeth on his ‘Each One Reach One’ Youth Tour to the Center to entertain and uplift the children.

craft_workshop On June 3rd we held a Craft Workshop at the Education Center in cooperation with the Jamaican Tourist Board and the Social Development Commission (SDC). We had about 30 Persons from the community attending and learning a new skill – how to make jewellery, earrings etc. out of coconut shells.

gsat June is always GSAT time (Grade Six Achievement Test). We were able to congratulate 12 children who passed their GSAT test successfully! The photo shows four of them wearing a proud smile! Congrats!

Before the Summer School Program started we celebrated the last day of the school term with ice cream and our friend the clown to put some smile (and colour) on the childrens faces. They joy was great and the children even got more excited when they were suprised by recording artist Marcia Griffith joining the afternoon to give away school bags for the children.

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During our daily Summer School program in the months of July & August we made a visit to the CVSS Games at the University of the West Indies UWI were the children took part in the various competitions, winning medals, new friends and enjoying a bus trip out of the normal day to day routine. In one word: Excitement.

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At the Center we offered various activities such as a First Aid Workshop, Drumming- Singing- and Songwriting Workshops, Art & Craft Workshop, Quizzes, Ring Games, Football and much more.

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Thanks to all supporters who donated towards our crowdfunding-fundraiser and made the Summer School program possible!

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