COVID-19 Update from Jamaica: Golden Age Home, Mustard Seed, and More

The Ministry of Health and Wellness held two press briefings this week – the first, with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, was to break the news of the outbreak at the Golden Age Home in Kingston. First of all, our latest COVID numbers (which are posted daily after 10:00 a.m. on the … More COVID-19 Update from Jamaica: Golden Age Home, Mustard Seed, and More

COVID-19 Good Stuff (Don’t We Have Enough of the Bad Stuff?) from Jamaica

Life in the Time of COVID-19. It’s hard not to keep focusing on the rising numbers, the gloomy predictions and the heart-wrenching stories of pain and loss. We are living in Strange Days. To be honest I am also getting tired of the attempts at humor online that sometimes fall terribly flat (my sense of … More COVID-19 Good Stuff (Don’t We Have Enough of the Bad Stuff?) from Jamaica

Contractor General Dirk Harrison Urges Citizens: Be an Advocate for Positive Change

Late last year, the non-governmental organization National Integrity Action held another membership induction ceremony at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies (UWI). It was an inspiring event; NIA is building an impressive cadre of very smart young people who are willing to step forward and advocate for transparency and accountability in governance. … More Contractor General Dirk Harrison Urges Citizens: Be an Advocate for Positive Change

The Pioneering WROC Urgently Needs Our Support

The Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC) needs our support through a difficult time. Economic conditions in Jamaica are harsh, we know; but can we allow a non-governmental organization serving needy communities, with a rich history of activism and achievement “go under”? I don’t think so. All the more reason, I would say, to support them in … More The Pioneering WROC Urgently Needs Our Support

A Jamaican “King” in Qatar, Our China Lobbyist, and is the Climate Park Parked? Sunday, July 12, 2015

It’s a conspiracy, I swear. The weather app on my phone confidently predicted thunderstorms. We heard rumbles, and a kind of moisture appeared on the ground. No, it wasn’t rain; it was like the ghost of rain. So, on with the drought…in poor old Kingston, anyway. Can we just stop talking about “land of wood and … More A Jamaican “King” in Qatar, Our China Lobbyist, and is the Climate Park Parked? Sunday, July 12, 2015

NGOs Need Funds! Join a Wild Woman’s Fundraising Workshop at BirdsCaribbean’s International Meeting

Anyone who has worked for or served on the board of a non-profit organization (anywhere in the world) knows how hard it is to raise funds.  I know for a fact that many NGOs in Jamaica (in every field) are hanging on, living “hand to mouth.” I honestly don’t know how NGOs manage to stretch a … More NGOs Need Funds! Join a Wild Woman’s Fundraising Workshop at BirdsCaribbean’s International Meeting

Haiti: Five Years After the Earthquake

I am reproducing below a blog post from Cordaid, one of the largest NGOs in the Netherlands. You can read more about Cordaid’s work here: https://www.cordaid.org/en/about-us/mission/how-we-work/  As the article suggests, Haiti still faces many challenges. On the eve of the anniversary, it is embroiled in a complex political situation that I hope will soon be resolved. … More Haiti: Five Years After the Earthquake

Caring for Jamaicans with Special Needs

The Digicel Foundation continues its focus on strengthening educational and care facilities for Jamaicans with special needs, and they are really making a difference. I was not able to attend the opening of a multi-functional centre – the Care Plus Centre of Excellence – at the Jacob’s Ladder community in Moneague, St. Ann, last Wednesday, March … More Caring for Jamaicans with Special Needs

Statement from the Jamaica Environment Trust on the port/logistics hub in Portland Bight Protected Area, including Goat Islands

In view of the many allegations being made on the above issue, JET would again like to state the organization’s position on this matter: 1)      JET is not opposed to the building of a port facility or logistics hub, or indeed any type of commercial or industrial development, anywhere in Jamaica.  We are not opposed to development; … More Statement from the Jamaica Environment Trust on the port/logistics hub in Portland Bight Protected Area, including Goat Islands