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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.

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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!


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

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

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.



Jam-packed Orientation Day 2015

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

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!



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!


Impressive CXC Examination results

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

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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!).



The Festival Season 2015

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


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!


Summer 2015 (long overdue update)

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

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. 

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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.



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!


Crowdfunding Campaign for our Summer School Program

// May 27th, 2015 // No Comments » // News

crowdfunding_indiegogo-kopie4 Since last years crowdfunding campaign on the popular crowdfunding platform Indiegogo was a success and helped us to offer the children some exciting activities and workshops during the 2 month duration of our Summer School Program 2014, we want to try it again and did set up a new campaign for 2015.

Big up and thanks in the name of all the benefiting children and the entire HELP Jamaica! Team to all who donated towards last years campaign and made it possible – we hope you will consider to support this years campaign again!

During the summer vacations there are not many opportunities for the children of inner city communities to take part in exciting and recreational activities due to lack of funds or options. In the last three years we therefore founded our ‘Summer School’ program where we offer possibilities for the children and youths to enjoy some exciting pursuits. While during the school terms our focus is mainly on educational programs and homework tutoring, the emphasis during the holidays 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.

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

Please make a donation and share this post. As they say in Jamaica “One one cocoa full basket” – every little bit helps.
Your support is very much appreciated!

Even if you can’t spare a dime – you could still help us if you spread the link to our crowdfunding campaign amongst your friends in your social media channels.  Please support us in our work according to our motto: Education for a Change!


Celebrating National Children’s Day

// May 19th, 2015 // No Comments » // News

Last Friday, May 15, 2015 the HELP Jamaica! Education Center celebrated National Children’s Day. This day also coincided within Child Month which is taking place during the month of May.

The Theme for this year for Child Month is “Children Safety and Security – Our Priority”
We welcomed Mr. Francois Chalifour, Vice President of Marketing at Wisynco and his son as special guests at the Education Center.  Mr. Chalifour spoke to approximately 85 children who were in attendance. His topic was on “Strangers” and who are “Safe Strangers” and the dangers brought by persons who try to persuade children to do something,  like persons offering  candies to children, Drivers offering a lift/drive, wanting to give money to children, and those who encourage children to lie.  All of these were NO, NO, NO.

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In addition to that, the children and visitors (amongst them were recording artist Yung J.R. and his brother Adoney Reid) were entertained by Faya and Company of the Kingston Drummers and Jason the Clown.  There was face painting and a drumming workshop in place, ring games got played and refreshments were served to the children

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It was an enlightening  and exciting afternoon for everyone at the Education Center, especially those children who never experienced association with a clown before or never had their face painted yet.

See the full Picture Gallery…


HELP Jamaica! celebrating the 6th Anniversary in Jamaica

// February 25th, 2015 // No Comments » // News

In celebration of our 6th anniversary, visiting friends and donors from far and near were the highlight of our special day’s function and an occasion to say “Thank You” to our donors, at the HELP Jamaica! Education Center, 5 Cassava Piece Road, Kingston 8.

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The German Ambassador to Jamaica was our main guest, and upon his second visit, since taking up his duties in Jamaica; extended special courtesies on behalf of the German government by presenting a cheque for a grant funded project to management of the center for the refurbishing and upgrading of the Education center’s facility at Cassava Piece.

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Recording artist Exile Di Brave was also in attendance with his management team and also donated funds to assist with the existing project.

It was like an “Open Day” with attendees, some for the first time, roaming through the classrooms to view updates showcasing activities of the project incorporating past and present activities.  All was relayed by Powerpoint presentations and various videos on our computers.
Enrolled children of the center performed skits, dancing and song which culminated the day’s activities with refreshments.
The HELP Jamaica Team continues to enhance the project with educational activities.


Christmas Treat 2014

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

On Dec. 17th our team welcomed approximately 200 children for our annual Christmas Treat at the Education Center. We got support by the First Global Bank Jamaica who did set-up donation boxes in their locations all over Kingston during the fisrt two weeks in December. Thanks to First Global staff and customers for dropping and donating gifts for the children. We also received in-kind donations from Wisynco and Purity Bakery. Thanks to Christin Franke a good friend and long time supporter for a donation that was used to get ice cream for all the kids!

Our team organized a talent show, where the kids would compete in dancing, singing, acting etc. – there was music and a lot of fun.
The children looked forward to receiving gifts and small snacks and juices, and both the children who attend regularly as well as those who did not attend regularly received gifts. Our Santa Clause Team was very effective in seeing that all of the  children got a gift and goodies and no one was left out!

The treat was a great succes and a lot of fun and excitement for the children! Thanks to all helping hands on spot and donators for making it possible!

HELP Jamaica! is wishing you all a Merry Christmas Season and a Happy New Year!