Jamaican Diaspora Weekend of Service and Fun – July 2017



The 7th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference is set to unfold from July 22-26, 2017 in Kingston Jamaica under the theme of Partnering for Growth. July 27, 2017 has been designated as Diaspora Day of Service across the island. Through a partnership of Do Good Jamaica and Breds Treasure Beach Foundation, attendees, visitors and local citizens, will have an opportunity to make a tangible contribution to early childhood education in the greater Treasure Beach area of St. Elizabeth.

The Diaspora Day of Service activities support an ongoing Crayons Count pilot project in the greater Treasure Beach area to help improve the quality of early childhood education and assist early childhood institutions in their quest to achieve certification by the Early Childhood Commission.  Volunteers can paint an educational mural featuring national symbols and heroes, beautify school grounds, and donate educational supplies.

The Diaspora Day of Service is part of a weekend getaway that allows participants to spend a few days enjoying the beautiful South Coast of Jamaica – sun, sea, sand and much more.  This is a chance for some to reconnect with their rural roots and others to experience community tourism in magical Treasure Beach.  Powered by Irie and Ital, the getaway is a combination of service and fun featuring special accommodation rates from Jakes Hotel and a range of social, cultural, nature-based and adventure-filled activity options.

Weekend Getaway

“As Jamaicans living across the world, we wanted to underscore the message of committing to one project to donate our time, talent, and resources. This Diaspora Day of Service will not only connect us to land of birth, it will have a profound impact into the next generation of youth in this local community,”  stated Marlon Hill, Miami attorney and former Jamaican Diaspora Advisory Board Member for the Southern United States.

“A key aspect of Do Good Jamaica, and its project Crayons Count, is to emphasize the power of partnerships.  Throughout Jamaica’s history, one of the strongest partnerships has been across borders – between the Diaspora and local residents, especially for education and in rural areas.  With this event, we not only build on those strong relationships but also provide an opportunity for participants to experience the special warmth of community tourism” noted Deika Morrison, consultant and co-founder of Do Good Jamaica and Irie and Ital.

With Diaspora engagement seen as an important developmental tool worldwide and with Jamaica’s growing diaspora population, the biennial conference is expected to tap into our global talent and resources for more transformational partnerships in Jamaica.

About Irie and Ital

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Irie and Ital, an initiative of Carleene Samuels, Deika Morrison and Justine Henzell, creates conscious lifestyle events and projects in Jamaica that support social causes and contribute to the growing movement towards mindful living and culture. Visit irieandital.com

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Twitter: @irieandital

Instagram: @irie.and.ital 


About Do Good Jamaica


A non-governmental organization that supports individuals and organizations doing good deeds in Jamaica.  With a special interest in children and education, Do Good Jamaica’s project Crayons Count is a campaign to support early childhood education and development.  Since 2011, Crayons Count has supported every early childhood institution in Jamaica – registered with the Early Childhood Commission – with recommended learning tools, teacher workshops and more.  For information about the special Crayons Count pilot project, visit dogoodjamaica.org/crayonscount/treasurebeach.

Facebook: Do Good Jamaica

Twitter: @doGOODJamaica

Instagram: @dogoodjamaica

Facebook: Crayons Count

Twitter: @CrayonsCount


About Breds Treasure Beach Foundation

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A wholly volunteer-based charitable organization run by members of the community, for the benefit of the community in Treasure Beach, a small, rural enclave on Jamaica’s undeveloped South Coast where fishing and farming are still common ways of life.  Breds works in partnership to effect social change, especially for youth, via education, sports and environmental conservation.  Visit breds.org

Facebook: Breds Treasure Beach Foundation

Twitter: @bredsfoundation

Instagram: @bredstreasurebeach


About Jakes Hotel

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Nestled in the picturesque fishing village of Treasure Beach on Jamaica’s south coast, Jakes is a bohemian resort with an earthy, relaxed style.  A fantastical, magical realist feast of eclectic structures, with rooms, cottages and villas beside the Caribbean Sea.  Visitjakeshotel.com

Facebook: Jakes Resort

Twitter: @JakesHotel

Instagram: @jakestreasurebeach

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VOUCH Becomes State-Of-The-Art Early Childhood Centre

Starting this September, the Voluntary Organisation for the Upliftment of Children (VOUCH) will begin its transformation into a state-of-the-art facility for the assessment of children with special needs at the early childhood level.

The welcomed change is expected  to re-position the non-governmental agency as the only highly equipped centre for assessment diagnostic and therapeutic centre for the early childhood sector. Beneficiaries will receive proper diagnosis, timely assurance, as well  as therapy for parents and teachers among other things. The Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) recently donated 10 computers valued at $600,000 to VOUCH. Speaking at the official handing over, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites expressed his confidence in the expected improvements to the early childhood sector from the project.

Read the Full Story Here: The Jamaica Observer 

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Northern Manchester Gets Technology Boost

Evadne Cowell (right), training specialist, Digicel Foundation, presents new Digicel 4G broadband modems to principals from 12 all-age and primary schools in Manchester. Occasion was the handover of computers and Digicel modems to 12 schools as part of the foundation's Project 1000 initiative at the Greenvale Community Centre on Friday, February 28.

Evadne Cowell (right), training specialist, Digicel Foundation, presents new Digicel 4G broadband modems to principals from 12 all-age and primary schools in Manchester. Occasion was the handover of computers and Digicel modems to 12 schools as part of the foundation’s Project 1000 initiative at the Greenvale Community Centre on Friday, February 28.

The Digicel Foundation‘s Project 1000 has moved a  step closer in meeting the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goal of achieving 100 per cent literacy by 2015. The Foundation donated five computers to twelve schools in northern Manchester in a hand over ceremony held on February 28, at the Greenvale Computer Lab in Manchester.

The schools set to benefit from this initiative are: Somerset All-Age, Medina All-Age, Comfort Hall All-Age, Colely Mountain all-Age, Fairfield Primary, Huntley All-Age, Nazareth All-Age, Bethany Primary, Harry Watch All-Age, Hatfield Primary and Junior High, Auchtembeddie Primary, and Mayfield Basic School.

“We remain committed to ensuring the further growth and development of students across Jamaica. Since the launch of Project 1000, nearly 3,000 students have benefited from this programme” stated Samantha Chantrelle, CEO of the Digicel Foundation. The foundation remains committed to playing an active part in the growth and development of students Islandwide. Nearly 3,000 students have benefited from the Project 1000 programme.

See the Full Story Here: The Jamaica Gleaner

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Stewart’s Hardware Invests In the Youth Through Art

Garvey Maceo High student, Olufemi Allen (left) proudly shows off his Stewart's Hardware  plaque for the 'Most Outstanding Art Piece' and NCB Gift Certificate  with Junior Atkinson, head of department and art teacher

Garvey Maceo High student, Olufemi Allen (left) proudly shows off his Stewart’s Hardware plaque for the ‘Most Outstanding Art Piece’ and NCB Gift Certificate with Junior Atkinson, head of department and art teacher

Dubbed the ‘largest hardware store in Clarendon’, Stewart’s Hardware Limited has shown keen interest in building solid, long lasting relationships with the youth of the surrounding communities of May Pen and Central Jamaica.

The stores annual art show, ‘Art Affair‘ has retained its distinct feature of reaching out to surrounding school communities such as Vere Technical High, Garvey Maceo High, Glemuir High, Spanish Town High, and Foga Road High for support. The calendar event combines the students raw talent with the skill of renowned Jamaican artists –Webster Campbell, Ray Jackson, Jeffery Perry among others- to produce an art show that has had a positive impact on the students involved.

“It is refreshing to see the confidence and excitement displayed by the students towards visual art as a result of being involved in this Stewart’s community project. Despite the challenges, there has been significant change in the students’ attitude in the three years they have been participating. They now look forward to the ‘Art Affair’ and are eager to learn from their peers and the more seasoned artists.” explained Junior Atkinson, head of the Art Department at Garvey Maceo.

In December last year, Stewart’s Hardware introduced an Inter-Secondary School Art Competition which was judged by a panel of veteran artists who assessed the students’ mastery of originality, concept creation, use of lighting and contrast.

See Full Story Here: The Jamaica Gleaner

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All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development :USAID & World Vision

‘Literacy unlocks human potential.’- AllChildrenReading.org

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with World Vision and the Australian government, launched the second round of All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development on February 27. The main aim of the Literacy Grant Competition is to award a total of $2.7 million to programs and initiatives that seek to empower children by challenging any dysfunctional infrastructure that may hinder the reading process.

Grant applications are under-way on the website www.AllChildrenReading.org.

The second round will be primarily focused on the use of effective and cost-efficient tools and methods instrumental in nurturing not only a thirst for knowledge but an appreciation for global science, technology, education and broader development.

The three main areas are:

• Mother tongue instruction and reading materials.

• Family and community engagement.

• Children with disabilities.

Additionally, a $100,000 “Enabling Writers” prize that calls for organizations and individuals to create innovative software that can be used to draft early grade reading materials in local languages is offered by the All Children Reading partners.

The USAID in 2011, developed the All Children Reading Grand Challenge for Development in order to reach its goal of getting 100 million children reading by 2015. USAID is centred on finding solutions to improve reading skills for children in the early grades.

To learn more about All Children Reading, the second grant competition and the Enabling Writers prize, go to the competition website.

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Work and Life: Personal Passions for Social Good-Deika Morrison



Deika Morrison, founder of Do Good Jamaica was the subject of discussion on the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project, on Sirius XM’s Channel 111, Business Radio Powered by The Wharton School. The interview focused on the ability to successfully integrate social good, business ingenuity and  individualistic goals and dreams.

In the first hour of Work and Life on February 25, Stew Friedman, host and director of the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project delved deep into the life of  Ms Deika Morrison. View excerpts here from the Wharton website.

Doing good, feels good. 

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#NPRWIT: A Day In The Life- Deika Morrison & Technology

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Photo credit: NPR. Deika Morrison, bottom right

From the role of social media in society to the potential power of charitable organizations, today’s live Twitter chat with NPR  at @TellMeMoreNPR and Deika Morrison, founder of Do Good Jamaica was inspiring and uplifting. Missed out on all the amazing ideas?

Click this highlighted link (NPR) for the chat; filled with stimulating tweets, images and quotes from Storify.

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Change the World: Food for the Poor Mission Trip Giveaway

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give”- Winston Churchill

Find yourself. Be a part of a cause. Giving knowing that you will be paid in support and kindness. Food for the Poor Jamaica is offering a spiritual journey of  a lifetime.

Enter the Food for the Poor Mission Trip Give-away and receive the opportunity to be a positive force in the lives of those who are in desperate need. You can be a part of a movement that affects positive change.

Visit the Food for the Poor Jamaica  website  and tell them why you’d like to join them for a chance to win a free mission trip. Click here to get more information.

The winner will be notified by email by March 13, 2014.

Terms and conditions apply.

Food for the Poor- ‘Saving Lives, Transforming Communities, Renewing Hope’

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