Activities & Events 2010

Update on progress in Cassava Piece, Dec. 2010


Find some photos shot in the last week, please check back regular, as we will update photos from the Education Center in Cassava Piece on a regular basis during the next weeks.


BIG Charity Event in Belgium for HELP Jamaica!


helpposter On the 26th of November 2010, one of the biggest charity events in favor of HELP Jamaica! will take place in Antwerp, Belgium!

Big up to Mike and Natacha from the crew for the great promotion and organisation. is the largest online Reggae-Forum in Belgium and is using its numerous contacts and solid links to set up this top notch event at Club Petrol!

Live shows from early (doors open 20:30h) by Belgiums top reggae acts and after-show parties on 2 floors!

Dubwise Floor – Belgiums top Dub sounds alongside live artists gonna shake the building with some heavy bass line!

Jamrock Floor – Dancehall Bashment with Irie Crew from France and Civalizee Sound, both sounds support HELP Jamaica! for a long time and not hesitated to offer their support once more for this exceptional event! They will mash up the Jamrock Floor alongside the Sun Is Shining Sound, Exodus Freedom Fighters & Cromanty Sound.

Don’t miss this one – one of Belgium biggest reggae parties ever, and it is all for the good cause!
Support HELP Jamaica! and get your ticket pre-sale for 10,-€ (13,-€ at the door) all info at: &

Big Up, to all the performing artists, bands, sounds, all the helping hands in background for the great work and effort they all put into this one of a kind event! Without your generous encouragement this would not have been possible!

The HELP Jamaica!-Team salutes you and wishes you all the best for the event to make it a big success! If you are in the area, make sure to support the good cause and come to party with your friends!

The HELP Jamaica! Charity Calendar for 2011 (and our Charity MIX CDs) will be available at the party!


So safe some money and carry home your perfect Christmas gift!

Nuff respect to all ‘Beljam’ massive – Education For A Change!


Charity calender 2011 out now

See a preview of the calendar right here:

This wonderful calendar is the perfect Christmas gift for your friends and family and maybe also for your business-partners or clients. Make sure you save your copy of this limited edition high-quality DIN A3 calendar. This year, we printed 500 copies – 14 pages offset-printed. The calendars are carefully single welded to ensure secure shipment!

Don’t wait too long to purchase your copy(s), as we were sold out last year just by the start of December(!).


The 2011 HELP Jamaica Charity Calendar – soon available!


During the last weeks we received a lot of e-mails from people asking if we would take pre-orders for the new Charity Calendar: The waiting is finally over!

Big up to all the participating photographers who voluntary contributed their wonderful photos to the new HELP Jamaica! Charity Calendar for 2011! Much respect to Hekmek for the great design. The HELP Jamaica! 2010 Charity Calendar would not have been possible without the generous encouragement and support of all the people! Thanks a lot and big up yourself!

We just send the print-data to the printer and the calendar will be available from Monday, November 8th 2010. It will be sold at our own online shop as well as the RIDDIM online-shop and the ‘Jah Army’ online Store. (Thanks to both, RIDDIM and Jah Army for the generous offer to distribute the calendar and send 100% of the proceeds to HELP Jamaica!)


Great community involvement in the course of the construction process!


The reconstruction process is in full swing, the roof has been fixed, the electricity renewed, the doors and windows exchanged and a drainage system established. We will soon paint the building and start to furnish it with shelves, tables, chairs…


In October, another voluntary ‘Clean Up’ day was organized . The local company Premier Waste Management generously provided us with a container free of costs (Many Thanks to Mr. Wright!), to throw in all the debris and garbage. Just like at Labour Day in May the turnout was very promising and positive! More than 20 people showed up and did a great job.

HELP Jamaica! took care of some refreshments and Ms Williams provided the cooking of a pot of chicken and soup for the volunteers. The response from the community was great and people were doing the work with a smile on their face, acknowledging that the Education Center can only be realized with their voluntary support. HELP Jamaica! appreciates this understanding, knowing  the struggle and financial problems many citizens face.

Pictures from the community ‘Clean Up’ at our compound at the 9th of October 2010:


HELP Jamaica! appointed a full time librarian/project manager!


[SinglePic not found]We are very happy to welcome Ms. Fernette Williams to our team as our Librarian and Project Manager for the Education Center in Cassava Piece. Until the Library and Education Center will be opened to the public, she will facilitate all necessary arrangements and guide us in the process of furnishing the building and support us with all the applications and registrations.

Ms. Williams is a trained Librarian with a rich experience in working in the public library system as well as in development initiatives. She shares our vision and aims and we wish to thank her for the  invaluable dedication, experience and enthusiasm she already brought into the project.

We have further started to arrange our book collection. Donations of high quality English books are highly appreciated.

HELP Jamaica! and Contour Music cooperate on Busy Signals Germany Tour 2010


busy_poster_a1 Contour will support HELP Jamaica! by providing us with the opportunity to have an info booth inside the venue at all four shows and additionally will try to raise funds from people who appear on the guestlist. We would greatly appreciate your support for our initiative – please help support the youths of Kingston’s inner city communities.

Busy Signal is one of Jamaica’s hottest dancehall artists over the last five years and without any doubts the most creative, experimental and versatile one. His latest Album D.O.B. ‘Dominance Of Busy’ is a musical masterpiece and a configuration of dancehall beats accented by strains of electro, salsa, pop, and even classical music. Busy Signal is definitely thinking out of the box when it comes to musical arrangements and continuously pushing dancehall on a next level.

In his songs, Busy Signal frequently protests against injustice, crime and corruption and demands equal chances for all Jamaican youths, that is why we from HELP Jamaica! rate him as one of the rare positive role models in modern dancehall.

Busy Signal in town is a must see for all true dancehall fanatics – he is an outstanding performer who knows to keep his audience in a frenzy.

Backed by the High Voltage Band Busy Signal will be mashing up following venues in Germany:

Mo. 01.11. Hamburg – Knust
Di. 02.11. Berlin – Kesselhaus
Do. 04.11. München – Backstage
Fr. 05.11. Stuttgart – Zapata
Aftershow party: DJ Meska (Sentinel Sound) & Reggaebash

We hope to see you all at our info booth.  EDUCATION FOR A CHANGE!


New project carried out in Cassava Piece!


Check out the field report by our volunteer Ashanthi, who organised ‘A day of skills and talent in Cassava Piece’. A project where the kids got in touch with cooking, painting, gardening experience and handcraft skills as well as fun, riddle and acting all made up as a nice ‘community race’ with different stops.

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more pics of the ‘A day of skills and talents in Cassava Piece’ Project in the field report…..

Here is the link to the first project that Ashanti did for HELP Jamaica!: ‘Things to smile ’bout in Cassava Piece’ Project


Review: The 2010 HELP Jamaica! Charity Festival in Osnabrueck, GER


The 2010 HELP Jamaica! Charity Festival was blessed with a sunny day, great fun for the kids with ‘Tin Can Alley’, Face-Painting and ‘Soccer Template Kick’.

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Energetic performances by all artists and bands on stage in a stunning location and very tight organization behind the scenes! You could feel the good vibe coming from the crowd as well as backstage with a never ending meet and greet between all the artists and patrons in a nice and cozy environment – family affair! Long after the live shows ended (and the after-show party downstairs had already started) artists like Nosliw, Martin Zobel, Natty Flo, Ephraim Juda and Cornadoor were still having a very lively acoustic session in the backstage lounge, sharing lyrics and nuff vibes!

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Thanks for everybody who turned out and donated at the entrance – 900 guests is a great number, and the final donation of 1.128,83 EUR by the promoter is highly appreciated! Together with the monthly donation from their regular party the Basement Sound is a strong and reliable supporter of HELP Jamaica!

But as it is not all about money, we are thankful for the wonderful vibe and the great attention for HELP Jamaica! with all the banners displayed at the venue and on-stage which made it easy for us to reach out to a large number of people and tell them about our aims and goals to uplift the youth in Kingston, Jamaica.

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Big up & thanks to Nosliw, Berlin Boom Orchestra, Cornadoor, Natty Flo, Martin Zobel, Ephraim Juda, Dr. Volkanikman, King Juli, Stainless Dancers and the Boomrush Backup as well as Soundquake Sound and last but not least Basement Sound and all the helping hands in the background who gave their support to make the 2010 HELP Jamaica! Festival a great success!

The HELP Jamaica! team salutes you all – nuff respect!


Reggae Jam Festival supports HELP Jamaica! to the fullest


The Reggae Jam Festival in Bersenbrück, Germany, was a big success for HELP Jamaica!

We wish to thank the promoter “Sheriff”, who donated the generous sum of 5000,- Euro (!) after a wonderful weekend which featured stirring performances of Jamaica’s reggae and dancehall elite from back in the 80s to nowadays.

HELP Jamaica! was present with a team of volunteers and provided detailed information on our education projects in Jamaica! We used the opportunity to shoot a little video about HELP Jamaica! with the support of some artists. We interviewed Sheriff and made important contacts to Soundsystems, Promoters, Artists and Reggaelovers from all-over Europe and received generous donations and much encouragement for our work.

HELP Jamaica! @ Reggae Jam 2010 – some photos…


We also wish to thank all artists who endorsed HELP Jamaica!, the soundsystems and each and everybody who supported HELP Jamaica! Thank you all who bought the Gullyside College T-Shirt, or a CD or DVD, a button, who donated, who subscribed to our sustainable membership or who just passed by and was interested to learn more about our work!!! You all helped to make our presence at Reggae Jam a great success and a wonderful experience!

Special thanks to Nippes Yard Productions, SKANK, Supersonic and Herbalize It Sound!

Together we will continue to work to provide free access to education and afternoon care for needy children in Jamaica! Nuff respect to everybody!!!!! Together we can make it happen – Education For A Change!


The 2nd HELP Jamaica! Charity Festival in Osnabrück, Germany


The 2nd edition of our HELP Jamaica! Charity Festival will be held on August 14th 2010 in Osnabrück. Last year was a full success with more than 1.200 guests who donated for the good cause and enjoyed a nice festival full of vibes in front of the ‘Schlossgarten’.

This year we have the opportunity to move inside the ‘Schlossgarten’ which is an exclusive festival/event location in an extraordinary environment.

The perfect location for our splendid line up as we feature live on stage:
Nosliw, Martin Zobel, Berlin Boom Orchestra, Cornadoor, Natty Flo, Volkanikman, King Juli and a very very special guest from Jamaica…….

The after show party will feature Soundquake Sound alongside the Basement Sound.



Big up to Basement Sound for the promotion and organisation of the Festival and of course all artists & sounds who volunteer and play for free to support HELP Jamaica!

If you life nearby Osnabrück, Germany make sure to come with your friends enjoy a great festival line up, Jamaican and African food, percussion workshops and face-painting for the kids as well as African theater or a dance performance by Stainless Dancers (Spanish Town/Jamaica). The Festival will further provide a welcoming kids and family area, a chillout-cocktail area, NGO info booths, a bazar and last but not least of course information about HELP Jamaica!, our work/projects and aims.


Progress in Cassava Piece Pt.1 – Establishment of our ‘Caretaker-House’


While we were still waiting on a decision by the German Embassy on our application for financial support of our efforts to renovate the building and turn it into an Education Center, we started to build a ‘house’ for our caretaker person in one corner of the compound.



With the help of some friends and people from the community the wooden shag on a concrete foundation was established in just four days!

Shortly after the new building structure was erected, we received an email from the Embassy with even better news….


Progress in Cassava Piece Pt. 2 – The German Embassy is giving financial support amounting to 10.400,- EUR


Our application for financial support from the German Embassy in Kingston was generously granted – the Embassy supports HELP Jamaica! with a donation of 10.400,- EUR (1,2 Million JA Dollar). The money will be used to renovate the building we will use to establish the Education Center in Cassava Piece.

We from HELP Jamaica! would like to express our gratitude for the great support!
With this decision being made – we can now finally start with the reconstruction of the building itself! We wish to thank the embassy and we are looking forward to fruitful cooperation!

We will keep you updated about the building process and are confident that we will be able to open the Education Center in the course of 2010!


Brand new ‘Gullyside College’ charity shirt is now available!


The HELP Jamaica! charity shirt by the Swedish fashion label SKANK is now available at our own HELP Jamaica! online-shop (payment via PayPal or bank transfer), the SKANK online-shop and the RIDDIM online-shop.

100 % percent of all benefits go directly into the project! We offer worldwide shipping!

t-shirt_small Purchase this shirt – made out of 100% organic cotton – and support HELP Jamaica! The full proceeds of this shirt will be used to establish our Education Center in the community known as Cassava Piece or ‘Gullyside’ in Kingston 8, Jamaica. (the design  shows an image of our building in Cassava Piece)

Get your own, represent and help establish the Education Center in Cassava Piece!

Big up to the SKANK team – thanks for the support and great design, it’s a real pleasure working with you!

After the overwhelming positive response and the number of ladies that requested their own, we will receive ladies shirts too – soon come…


Supersonic & Herbalize-It Sound are supporting HELP Jamaica!


The HELP Jamaica! team will exclusively sell the brand new SUPERSONIC MixCD’s and the WAR INA EAST – CLASH DVD (Supersonic vs Mighty Crown) distributed by Herbalize-It Sound on the ‘REGGAE JAM’ Festival.

Panza from Supersonic Sound is donating 5,- € for each sold CD (10,-€)
Herbalize-It Sound is donating 5,-€ for each sold DVD (15,-€)


So come to our info-booth and get your Mix-CD or the most discussed clash of the last years on DVD and support HELP Jamaica! Big Up Panza & Sultan for this generous support!


‘SUMMER JAM’ Festival donates 1.500,- EUR


After the succesful staging of the 25th ‘Summer Jam’ in Cologne, Germany (Europe’s biggest reggae festival!) the promoter donated 1.500,-€. HELP Jamaica! was at the festival with an info booth and got featured inside the festival magazine. The HELP Jamaica! team would like to thank the ‘Summer Jam’ Festival for the support.



Labour Day Project: ‘Clean Up The Yard’


Two weeks after the community meeting, on Monday May 24th, the ‘Labour Day Clean Up’ took place. More than 25 people, young men, elders, mothers and some kids, came together to let words become action.

It was a joy to see so many people supporting the project and a surprise, as the joined operation of army and police in Tivoli Garden just started the night before, and Jamaica held on its breath, fearful of what would happen happen…
We called our co-worker in Jamaica in the morning on Labour Day to discuss whether to postpone the clean up date or not – but the people from the community had already started with the work. They cleaned the compound to all corners and fences, levelled the land, got out the rubbish, cleaned the building and raked the complete site.

The community involvement was way beyond expectations and the day was a full success until the shootings started to spread over Kingston and reached Mannings Hill Road in the evening hours (located just a few hundred meters away from our compound) in the afternoon. Worried by the sound of the gunshots the people quickly made their way back home.

The Labour Day project was a fantastic and very successful start into the project of establishing our education center, despite the sad and tragic circumstances in which it took place.

Many expressed their feelings that they feel proud and good to be involved in such positive activities for the future of the children of Cassava Piece on that tragic day. “Brighter days we need for the future of the children, for a better Jamaica!”

We are deeply thankful for the commitment the community showed, this again strengthens our faith that we are on the right path with the project.

Pictures from the ‘Clean Up Day’:


Thank you Cassava Piece, together we will work on uplifting the community and offering chances for the community especially the kids and youths. Education For A Change!


Progressive Community Meeting in Cassava Piece


In this days of bloodshed, fear and tears in Kingston (especially Tivoli Garden and the surrounding areas) we are very proud and happy to announce that our project in Cassava Piece started off successfully.

Our chairman Hilmar Keding was in Kingston during May to negotiate with construction companies and land surveyors and to supervise the beginning of the renovation process of our compound and building in Cassava Piece.

Community Meeting in Cassava Piece

On Sunday May 9th HELP Jamaica! organised a well attended and very promising community meeting with residents of Cassava Piece. Present were also a member of the ‘Social Development Committee’ (SDC) and officers from the local police station who are in charge for ‘Community Affairs’ in Cassava Piece and surroundings. More than 25 people from the community showed up and listened to what we are planning and expressed their opinions and ideas. We introduced the organisation, the aims and goals of HELP Jamaica! and our specific ideas for the education center in the community. The SDC and the local police gave us full support, assured us how needed our initiative is and assured us of their support.

We couldn’t have expected more and where overwhelmed by the constructive discussion, the positive atmosphere and the readiness of community members to pledge their commitment to help make the education centre become a success.

Pictures from the Community Meeting:

The community expressed their will to help and support us to get the positive and uplifting project started and came up with the idea to organize clean up on Labour Day on the compound to prepare it for the construction.


HELP Jamaica! got nominated for the IRAWMA Awards!!


We are very proud to inform you that HELP Jamaica! got nominated for the International Reggae & World Music Awards –IRAWMA for the ‘Special Community Service Award 2009’. It is an honor for HELP Jamaica! to be nominated as the only non-Jamaican project for this big award together with such great charitable projects from international stars like Usain Bolt, Shaggy , Capleton and Queen Ifrica.

Category 31st – Community Service Award


* Capleton “A St. Mary Mi Come From”- (Jamaica)
* Queen Ifrica (Jamaica)
* HELP Jamaica! (Germany)
* Usain Bolt (Jamaica)
* Shaggy and Friends- Save a Life (Jamaica)

Please support us and vote for HELP Jamaica! on Category 31st – Community Service Award. You don’t have to register to vote – it is just one click!

IRAWMA Award Flyer

The 29th IRAWMA will be held on Sunday, May 2, 2010 at the York College Performing Arts Center in Queens, New York.  Visit for more info about the Awards.


New article about HELP Jamaica! online


United Reggae is a strong supporter of HELP Jamaica! – please read this very good article about HELP Jamaica! and learn more about our aims, what we do and why we do it!

Education For A Change!

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HELP Jamaica! supports the Trenchtown Reading Centre with a donation of 1.500,- €


As you all know HELP Jamaica! is supporting the Trenchtown Reading Centre (TRC) since the early days of our organisation. The TRC was the impulse to found HELP Jamaica! in the first place. You can read on our website, the TRC is something like a role model for our own Education Center.

Click here for more information about the TRC…

Roslyn Ellison and her organisation ‘Friends of the Trenchtown Reading Centre’ (FTRC) who are the moving spirit behind the TRC received a donation of 1.500,- EUR from HELP Jamaica! to help to cover the operating costs for 2010.

Our donation will cover the complete costs for the TRC’s 2010 Literacy and Drama/Spoken Word programs as well as a part of the costs for the weekly Art program on Saturdays!

With the support of HELP Jamaica! the TRC was able to expand the offered programs over the last years – big up to Roslyn Ellison and the staff of the TRC for doing such a great job in Trenchtown since 1993!

Thank You Letter from R. Ellison:

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Party Galore at ‚Reggae Nights‘ in Bremen!


The Charity Dance @ Club Römer was the hell of a party. We did celebrate until 6:30 in the morning and still patrons never wanted to leave.

At the end our new mascot the HELP Jamaica! piggy-bank was fed with 668,84 EUR.

Thanks to the Roots Ashanti Sound crew for organizing the successful party with Selecta Hille from Soundquake.

Here are some pics from the event:


HELP Jamaica! gets full support by the ‘Reggae Jam’ Festival


The promoter of the Reggae Jam Festival in Germany (which was once more voted by the RIDDIM Magazin readers to be the best Reggae Festival in Europe) will be supporting HELP Jamaica! in the future.

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Bernd Lagemann, the main person behind the Reggae Jam Festival, better known as ‚Sheriff’ is supporting the establishing of the first HELP Jamaica!-operated Education Center in the community of Cassava Piece in Kingston 8 with a covenant donation of 5000,- EUR right after the Reggae Jam Festival in August 2010.

But that’s not all – HELP Jamaica! will benefit from a closer collaboration as the Festival is going to support the organisation on their public relation efforts and is additionally going to give them the chance to have an information-booth at the Festival ground, to get in touch with many reggae fans from all over Europe.

„Those who have been to Jamaica before, especially to Kingston, know of the need for educational projects and children day care offers. Poverty, violence and criminality are unfortunately a part of the everyday life of many people in Kingston. HELP Jamaica! aims to establish Education Centers, where all people, but especially kids and youths get the chance to learn to read and write, to learn how to use the Computer, get help with their homework or simply being creative in an secure environment. I think these are important educational opportunities to better the chances for some of the youth. And that’s exactly why we have decided to work closely with the HELP Jamaica! organisation and support them financially in the future” says Bernd Lagemann.

The HELP Jamaica! Team wishes to express their gratitude towards the donation and offer of general support and is looking forward to a long and positive cooperation with the new ‘strong’ supporter: The Reggae Jam Festival in Bersenbrück.

Visit the website of the Reggae Jam and make sure you check out the trailer for the nice video DVD from last years Festival (voted to be the Best Reggae DVD for 2009 by the RIDDIM Magazine readers!) and get your copy for a reasonable price before its sold out.


HELP Jamaica! teams up with a comic hero!


Dread & Alive Comic Book Series by San Francisco based Nicholas Da Silva creator of the first Jamaican Superhero/Comic book series is supporting and teaming up with HELP Jamaica!

The Dread & Alive comic series just started with the release (digital and print version) of Issue #1 on February 6th 2010. The fascinating story is placed around the Maroons in cockpit Country, Jamaica and its hero is up to fight the evils of Babylon! Please check it out @ the Dread & Alive website!


‘Nik’ Da Silva not only setup a very generous distribution deal where HELP Jamaica! is getting 30% (!) of all digital sales and 10% of all print sales of Issue #1.

From all other following issues of the series (print and digital sales) HELP Jamaica! will be getting 10%!

Print Version: $4.99 (.49¢ for HELP Jamaica!)
Digital Version: .99¢ (.09¢ for HELP Jamaica!)

But the cooperation is not only based on financial support alone…. (check this out!)

‘Nik’ Da Silva will be trying to put us (Birte Timm and Hilmar Keding) inside the story. The main character of the story ‘Drew Mcintosh’ will be supporting HELP Jamaica! and the idea is, that somehow we will be appearing as drawn characters and meeting him in the future story…. to help to push the awareness for our works worldwide!
Well that is something that I never thought would happen’ to my life – I am looking forward to see myself as a cartoon character. Big things a gwaan!

Please feel free to spread the news, or even better purchase a copy of Dread & Alive and HELP Jamaica!