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Inspiration for the Day

by Dego Emerald

Fear build walls it doesn’t build bridges.
Walls keep you confined, but bridges will take you across.

Start facing the things you fear the most and cast away all your fear, don’t be confined by fear.

Step up and push for what you want out of life, pray to god and have faith, not fear.

Stay bless,
-Dego Emerald

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Charitable Organizations in Jamaica

by Wellesley

Here's a list of some of the notable charitable organizations in Jamaica.

  • Jamaica Aids Support

  • United Way of Jamaica

  • Office Of Disaster Preparedness

  • Jamaican Children’s Heart Fund

  • Bob Marley Foundation

  • Jamaica Organization For Youth

    The goal of The Jamaica Organization for Youth (J.O.Y.) is to give opportunities to the needy children of Jamaica by providing them with technology and encouraging its use in schools and community centers.

  • Jamaica Red Cross

    Part of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society committed to alleviating human suffering wherever it may be found.


    One of the few organizations in Jamaica specializing in street/working children in Spanish Town, one of the oldest cities in the Western Hemisphere. They maintains close linkages with community organizations including the police, school principals, church and government leaders.


    Founded in 1938, it is one of the oldest non-profit organizations of its kind in the Caribbean. Under the UAP, the Association is teaching the performing arts to more than 200 deaf students as a means of expression and getting messages across to hearing-impaired youth.


    This program caters to teen-age mothers by improving their self-esteem and making them capable of helping themselves and their babies to become a productive Jamaican family unit.


    Located in the inner-city communities of Olympic Gardens, Tower Hill, Seaview Gardens, Riverton and Calaloo Mews, this organization helps youth to transcend the constraints of their socio-economic environment in order to become responsible citizens.


    A product of Save the Children/UK, this NGO has enjoyed great success in returning street and high-risk children to school and keeping them there. It is closely linked to other institutions traditionally involved in supporting children, including the Family Courts, the local police, and the formal schools.


    This organization has established and outstanding record of helping more than 300 street/working children and out-of-school youth with programs in literacy, numeracy, skills training and sports activities.


    A "one of a kind" organization in Jamaica specializing in a distinguished Mentor program for high school students using positive role models to provide emotional support in order to build self confidence and self esteem.


    This program assists more than 650 young females, helping to improve their academic skills. It operates Early School-Leavers Institutes, a Basic School, After-School Care and Literacy, and Continuing Education evening classes in addition to its Y-Teen clubs in over 24 schools.

  • Food For The Poor
    Food For The Poor supplies critically need support to poorest of the poor in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean and Central America. The organization has shipped more than a half billion in aid supplies since its founding in 1982 by Jamaica businessman, Ferdinand Mahfood. Food For The Poor is currently involved in a massive program to build 2000 homes for poor families across Jamaica.

  • The Build Jamaica Foundation(BJF)

    The BJF was developed out of a vision and Christian concern for the social and economic development of the people of Jamaica. The general idea of this project concept was derived from the need to develop a programme which would assist in creating a positive and significant impact on the economic development and social well-being of our nation.

    For information on gaining duty free shipping on charity donations, please click here.

    Sources: Jamaica Information Service (JIS),

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    Amazing Health Benefits of Certain Fruits and Vegetables

    by Wellesley Gayle

    OK, OK, I agree.

    This might not be a hot news item from Jamaica, but just as Brenton Scale - one of my valued subscribers, I too found it quite revealing and thought it was worth sharing with you.

    In fact, he had asked me to share it with you as well.

    Let's all try to improve our health using some of these amazing fruits.

    Thanks Brenton.

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    Acquiring Duty-Free Waivers For Charitable Donations to Jamaica

    by Wellesley

    The following was extracted from on April 30-09:

    The Steps To Acquiring Duty-Free Waivers For Charitable Donations

    Published Apr 21, 2007

    Below are the step to obtain duty-free waivers for your charitable donations of gifts to Jamaican Institutions.

    • The receiving institution (school/organization) in Jamaica and primary contact person must first be identified by the donor;
    • A letter should be sent to the institution (school/organization) from the donor, itemizing the contents of the donation along with a cost estimate;
    • A letter must be written to the Minister of Finance and Planning (Hon. Audley Shaw, 28 National Heroes Circle, Kingston 4) petitioning him for a duty-free waiverto be applied to those items which are to be charitably distributed in Jamaica;
    • The letter of petition to the Honorable Minister should clearly detail the description and cost of each item of donation;
    • Items identified for charitable donation in Jamaica should only be shipped subsequent to receipt of a duty-free waiver from the Minister of Finance;
    • Typically, once the letter of petition has been mailed to the Minister of Finance, a response should be received from his office within five (5) weeks.

    If you have any further concerns, contact:

    C.P. Ricardo Allicock, Consul General
    305-374- 8431 or

    767 Third Ave, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10017-2993
    Tel: (212) 935-9000 Fax: (212) 935-7507

    Source: Jamaican Diaspora Southern U.S.

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    The Mouse Trap (Food for Thought)

    by Wellesley
    (Montego Bay, Jamaica)

    {Special Thanks to Soljie (Tyrone) for this one}

    A mouse looked through the crack in the wall
    to see the farmer and his wife open a package.

    "What food might this contain?" The mouse wondered.

    He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.

    Retreating to the farmyard,
    the mouse proclaimed this warning:

    "There is a mousetrap in the house!
    There is a mousetrap in the house!"

    The chicken clucked and scratched,
    raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse,
    I can tell this is a grave concern to you,
    but it is of no consequence to me.
    I cannot be bothered by it."

    The mouse turned to the pig and told him,
    "There is a mousetrap in the house!
    There is a mousetrap in the house!"

    The pig sympathized, but said,
    "I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse,
    but there is nothing I can do about it
    but pray.

    Be assured you are in my prayers."

    The mouse turned to the cow and said,
    "There is a mousetrap in the house!
    There is a mousetrap in the house!"

    The cow said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you,
    but it's no skin off my nose.."

    So, the mouse returned to the house,
    head down and dejected,
    to face the farmer's mousetrap

    .. . . Alone. . .

    That very night
    a sound was heard throughout the house
    -- the sound Of a mousetrap catching its prey.

    The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught.
    In the darkness, she did no see it.
    It was a venomous snake
    whose tail was caught in the trap.

    The snake bit the farmer's wife.

    The farmer rushed her to the hospital.

    When she returned home she still had a fever.
    Everyone knows you treat a fever
    with fresh chicken soup.

    So the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard
    for the soup's main ingredient:

    But his wife's sickness continued.
    Friends and neighbors
    came to sit with her
    around the clock.

    To feed them,
    the farmer butchered the pig.

    But, alas,
    the farmer's wife did not get well...

    She died.

    So many people came for her funeral
    that the farmer had the cow slaughtered
    to provide enough meat for all of them
    for the funeral luncheon.

    And the mouse looked upon it all
    from his crack in the wall
    with great sadness..

    So, the next time you hear
    someone is facing a problem
    and you think it doesn't concern you,

    remember ---

    When one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.
    We are all involved in this journey called life.
    We must keep an eye out for one another
    and make an extra effort
    to encourage one another.


    - REMEMBER -



    One of the best things to hold onto
    In this world is a FRIEND.

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