Special Needs Organizations Can Apply for Funding from the 2019 Digicel 5K Run

The Digicel 5K Run for Special Needs was the first “Night Run” in downtown Kingston, where the company’s headquarters is located. The Eighth Annual Run will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2019. The deadline for registration is coming up fast!  Meanwhile, Digicel would like to hear from non-profit organizations serving Jamaicans with special needs, to pitch … More Special Needs Organizations Can Apply for Funding from the 2019 Digicel 5K Run

Nathan Ebanks Foundation Extends Its Outreach to St. Elizabeth

“Inclusion” is a word with a simple meaning: not leaving out any man, woman or child, whatever their situation. It’s really important when we are talking about people with special needs. So, as the hurricane season approaches, this is a great partnership among the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, the Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism (AP&FM) related to … More Nathan Ebanks Foundation Extends Its Outreach to St. Elizabeth

Pay More Attention to Child Safety: Fires, Disasters, Climate Change

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

World Cerebral Palsy Day: Christine Staple-Ebanks Says Quality of Life is Key

Jamaican Christine Staple-Ebanks has much to say for World Cerebral Palsy Day. Christine advocates for greater awareness of the issues affecting those living with CP and their families. Christine founded the Nathan Ebanks Foundation in 2007; it is named in honour of her own son, who has CP. We need to build more support for children … More World Cerebral Palsy Day: Christine Staple-Ebanks Says Quality of Life is Key

The New School Year and Educational Leadership: Column by Jaevion Nelson

I spent two fascinating days last week at the JN Foundation School Leadership Summit in Kingston, with fellow bloggers Jaevion Nelson and Wayne Campbell. Jaevion writes a column in the Gleaner newspaper. I have reproduced his column here, and you can find it at http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/commentary/20160728/jaevion-nelson-new-school-year-and-education-leadership Renee Rattray, JN Foundation’s Director of Education, who heads their iLead program, has an … More The New School Year and Educational Leadership: Column by Jaevion Nelson

Digicel honors life of former employee with new Centre of Excellence in Portland

The beautiful parish of Portland, about which I have written so often, and surrounding areas, benefited recently from the opening of a wonderful new facility for children with special needs in the quiet seaside village of Orange Bay. The Centre of Excellence for Special Needs is provided by the Digicel Foundation – which has already … More Digicel honors life of former employee with new Centre of Excellence in Portland

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

Very Special Children: A Visit to the S.T.E.P. Centre

It is a bright morning with an energetic breeze – the weekend’s rains all blown away. White butterflies from the lignum vitae next door bounce around in the wind. As I enter the S.T.E.P. Centre, the pounding of a Rihanna song reaches my ears. Nika, a blue-haired Dance School student, is getting the children moving. … More Very Special Children: A Visit to the S.T.E.P. Centre

Our Yale World Fellow Did Well, Bolivar Wheeled Out Again, Bloggers in the Making: Sunday, September 6, 2015

There have been one or two surprises in the past few days: a big rain shower in Kingston, for example, and the Reggae Boyz’ 3-2 loss at home to Nicaragua in a World Cup qualifier. But it has been mostly an “I told you so” week. Predictability rules. As if we didn’t know things were … More Our Yale World Fellow Did Well, Bolivar Wheeled Out Again, Bloggers in the Making: Sunday, September 6, 2015

Digicel Foundation and NBA Legend Rick Fox Open First Special Olympics Basketball Court in Jamaica

Digicel Foundation, as I have noted from time to time, is engaged in an extremely worthwhile project to strengthen institutions large and small that focus on Jamaicans with special needs. Last Thursday, March 12 the Foundation officially opened a Special Olympics Basketball Court and sports complex in Kingston. I was not able to go to … More Digicel Foundation and NBA Legend Rick Fox Open First Special Olympics Basketball Court in Jamaica