Ms. Yolanda Paul takes her work seriously – but with enormous humor and a sense of fun. That sounds like a contradiction, but it’s true. Yolanda is a Trinidadian “import” of the nicest possible kind, an avid fan of soca music, and also one of the most hard-working women I know. You will find her at the University of the West Indies HIV/AIDS Response Programme (UWI HARP) office on Kingston’s Mona Campus.
The huge, air-conditioned white tent on the University of the West Indies’ Kingston campus was vibrating with music as I approached and entered. Inside was a maze of compartments and sectioned-off displays, each demonstrating a different department and area of research. One of the most popular was a large exhibit on the lion fish – an invasive species that is gobbling up much of our marine life.
But where was Ms. Paul’s spot? At last I found it… Tucked into a corner. We had severe congestion problems during the course of the day, I must say. My camera lens is experiencing challenges (a slight blur), which seems to me a good excuse to buy a new one, when I can afford to. But I did my best to capture a few priceless moments. Here are just a few…
A note about UWI HARP: The University of West Indies HIV/AIDS Response Programme (UWI HARP) is an accelerated institutional response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic across the entire University – on the campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago as well as in the extramural centres scattered throughout the English-speaking Caribbean. Established in 2001, UWI HARP is a multidisciplinary group dedicated to using the expertise of the University to work with other committed partners in combating HIV/AIDS and mitigating its impact. It conducts workshops and training and participates in numerous events promoting awareness, providing information and engaging audiences on issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. It provides consultancies and has a resource center on campus. Contact UWI HARP at: (876) 977 5134; email: email@example.com.