Reflections on the Sexual Abuse of Our Children: 2 – Concerns About Rural Poverty, Education and the Church

I am sharing another perspective here from two activists and educators, Afifa Aza and Georgia Love. There are many societal problems, buried deep in the story of the alleged sexual abuse of young girls by senior church members (which is still unfolding). Afifa and Georgia have their own concerns, and they are asking some pointed … More Reflections on the Sexual Abuse of Our Children: 2 – Concerns About Rural Poverty, Education and the Church

Nuh Guh Deh! Reflections on the Sexual Abuse of our Children: 1 – A Perspective from Eve for Life

Jamaicans, young and old and in all walks of life, are still consumed with the issue of the abuse of young girls by older men in privileged positions… Not a new issue, often hidden and secret – but an “open secret.” Many views have been expressed. I am sharing on my blog more perspectives that … More Nuh Guh Deh! Reflections on the Sexual Abuse of our Children: 1 – A Perspective from Eve for Life

Thank God! The Secret Is Out: A Statement from WROC on the Alleged Sexual Abuse of Children by Clergy

Since the year began, the issue has rocked the Jamaican media and public. There are some secrets, in a small society like ours, that everyone knows about but refuses to talk about. However, the time for denial is over, as the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC) comments in this powerful statement. The time for … More Thank God! The Secret Is Out: A Statement from WROC on the Alleged Sexual Abuse of Children by Clergy

The “Communities of Fate” Keep Getting It Wrong, Says Eve for Life’s Joy Crawford #NuhGuhDeh

In my last blog post, I mentioned the case of a 64 year-old church pastor, Rupert Clarke, who was recently discovered in flagrant delicto by the police, allegedly raping a fifteen year-old girl in a parked car. Yes, I am using the word “rape” because, to me, this is statutory rape. However, the man was today charged with … More The “Communities of Fate” Keep Getting It Wrong, Says Eve for Life’s Joy Crawford #NuhGuhDeh

Death of a Tivoli Teen, The Flat Bridge Syndrome and Alarm Bells on HIV/AIDS: Jamaica, July 17, 2016

This week has again been a “What’s wrong with the world/Jamaica/everywhere?” sort of week. At home, we had the horror of the murder of a little girl, reportedly left home alone; several police killings; and the usual mayhem on the roads – including the deaths of six people who ended up in the waters of … More Death of a Tivoli Teen, The Flat Bridge Syndrome and Alarm Bells on HIV/AIDS: Jamaica, July 17, 2016

The Long Shadow of Child Abuse: Guest Post by Wayne Campbell

My fellow blogger Wayne Campbell, who as an educator works with children every day, wrote a touching article looking back at Jamaica’s Child Month, which was in May. The hard-working agencies in Jamaica responsible for child welfare made huge efforts to get the word out on protecting and caring for our children. The issue of child … More The Long Shadow of Child Abuse: Guest Post by Wayne Campbell

Keep Children Safe! A Series of UNICEF Public Forums in Jamaica

Many of us are disturbed and sad at the way Jamaican children are treated – in communities, homes and often by the state itself. The month of May is Child Month in Jamaica, when there is a heightened focus on children’s rights. As a precursor to this, UNICEF Jamaica has partnered with several organizations (the … More Keep Children Safe! A Series of UNICEF Public Forums in Jamaica

Eve for Life is Facing Closure: Please Help Our Vulnerable Young Girls and Their Children!

I have written many times about the work of Eve for Life. Now I am writing again, but not to bring good news. Eve is having to face up to the likelihood of imminent closure, unless urgently needed funds can be found in the next few weeks. It currently has 132 clients who will be affected … More Eve for Life is Facing Closure: Please Help Our Vulnerable Young Girls and Their Children!

St. John Jamaica’s Volunteers of Hope for Children, Families Affected by HIV/AIDS

What do you know about the Order of St. John, and its work in Jamaica for the past 115 years?  Well, in future posts I will be telling you more about this effective, professional, faith-based non-profit organization that quietly goes about its work caring for the health of the Jamaican people – and people all … More St. John Jamaica’s Volunteers of Hope for Children, Families Affected by HIV/AIDS