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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!


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!




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.


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.


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.




The 2015 HELP Jamaica! Calendar is now available!

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


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 <<<<


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:

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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