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The Festival Season 2015

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

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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)

// 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.

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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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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!

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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…

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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.

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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!

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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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