This month is Child Month in Jamaica – although it is one of those cases of “every month is Child Month.” The dedicated Christine Staple-Ebanks, the founder of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, is unusually aware of the vulnerability of our children, especially those with special needs like her own son. The Foundation is organizing a … More Pay More Attention to Child Safety: Fires, Disasters, Climate Change
“Yours in Optimism…” As you are pondering over the title of this post, this might give you a clue. Yes – ROCK stands for the Royal Optimist Club of Kingston. Established on September 29, 2011, it has grown out of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Optimist Club. At 28 members, all young … More ROCK Is Rocking…Or Bouncing, With Optimism
The deadline is Thursday, December 14. Don’t leave it too late to apply – or nominate someone! 14 November 2017 Nominations Open for the 2018 Commonwealth Youth Awards Nominations are now open for the 2018 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work. This special edition of the awards will coincide with the Commonwealth Youth … More Nominations Open for the 2018 Commonwealth Youth Awards
Since it is difficult to share from a non-WordPress blog, I have copied and pasted this beautiful post from my friends at the S.T.E.P. Centre in Kingston. I remember seeing their garden (once a dump full of construction materials and garbage, before the school was built) in its early tentative days. Now it is starting … More Our School Year Continues in the Garden: A Post from the S.T.E.P. Centre on World Cerebral Palsy Day
Last year, I had the pleasure of meeting the Jamaicans who had been selected for Chevening Scholarships in the UK. It was great getting to know them, and I am sure they benefited greatly from their year of study. This year, even more Jamaicans (and one Bahamian) are going off to the UK shortly. Please find … More 23 Jamaicans Selected as Chevening Scholars: Congrats to All!
Yes, it’s November, the days are just a little shorter and the weather a little sweeter. Christmas is not far away, and this year (for once) we have been proactive and have already bought Christmas cards. This year, do support one of our charities or “good causes” by buying their cards. This year we have … More Christmas is Coming… Buy Some Cards for a Good Cause
We have good reason to be concerned about the mental health of our children and adolescents, as they struggle to grow up in a very tough social and economic climate. So, I am applauding the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, which has been working with the Ministry of Health and others to draw attention to the issue … More Jamaica’s Traumatized Youth: National Children and Adolescents’ Mental Health Awareness Day Inaugurated