No more silent cries! Thursday in Black campaign to end gender-based violence and child abuse continues tomorrow

We have to continue speaking out on issues that concern us. A lot of these issues get forgotten about when they are no longer headline news – but it really needs to be a continuous reminder of what’s wrong in our society (whether people want to hear it or not). Advocacy must be consistent, and … More No more silent cries! Thursday in Black campaign to end gender-based violence and child abuse continues tomorrow

ICYMI in Jamaica, January 5, 2021: The Back to School Edition

What a week. After the relative peace and quiet of the holidays (apart from an intrusively loud motorbike rider – we need to do something about the “enhanced” mufflers they put on their bikes) we were thrown straight into 2021 with a great deal of agonizing over “back to school” (a dilemma shared by other … More ICYMI in Jamaica, January 5, 2021: The Back to School Edition

A Doctor’s Dilemma, “Worsening” Corruption and Too Many Bus Drivers: Jamaica, Monday October 16, 2017

Today is National Heroes Day and #BigUpJamaica Day (a nice initiative of Fi Wi Jamaica). This review is in a somewhat different (and hopefully more concise) format, so I hope it’s easier to get through. I’ve divided it up into topics (some may overlap, I realise). Click on the highlighted sections for more information… And … More A Doctor’s Dilemma, “Worsening” Corruption and Too Many Bus Drivers: Jamaica, Monday October 16, 2017

Public Opinion: A New Online News Publication – And A Powerful Piece by Judith Wedderburn

There’s a new online paper Public Opinion launched on March 17. It is Jamaica’s first dedicated online newspaper that aims to bring thought leadership to Jamaica and to uplift public discourse on a wide range of topical issues. It is non-partisan and to this end, representatives of the political parties have agreed to contribute pieces on … More Public Opinion: A New Online News Publication – And A Powerful Piece by Judith Wedderburn

Make Rhetoric a Reality: Jamaicans for Justice Calls for Action to Support Foster Families

The plight of our children – especially those in state care – seems to have been an afterthought, over many political administrations. They are simply not a priority. Out of sight, out of mind, perhaps, to our politicians (perhaps Members of Parliament should be obliged to do monthly tours of the homes in their constituencies – … More Make Rhetoric a Reality: Jamaicans for Justice Calls for Action to Support Foster Families

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

Growing Bigger, A Strange MoBay Story, and No More “Demon” Talk! Jamaica on Sunday, May 1, 2016

It’s been a very busy week for me, with lots of good things happening – as always. But the undercurrent of crime (murders) is very disturbing. I just heard the news of the deaths of two American missionaries. It is becoming increasingly hard for the average Jamaican to deal with all this loss. Personally, I … More Growing Bigger, A Strange MoBay Story, and No More “Demon” Talk! Jamaica on Sunday, May 1, 2016

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

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

Nuh Guh Deh: Speaking Out, Supporting Our Vulnerable Girls

On Tuesday, November 25, the UN Country Team in Jamaica hosted a High-Level Breakfast in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women at Kingston’s Terra Nova Hotel. The event also presented to Jamaica the amazing work of Eve for Life, a Jamaican non-governmental organization working with young mothers (most living … More Nuh Guh Deh: Speaking Out, Supporting Our Vulnerable Girls