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Jamaican Self-Help is an organization of Canadians working in solidarity to:
- Foster the development of healthy Jamaican communities through partnership based on mutual respect, and understanding, and a shared vision of self-determination. And,
- Foster an understanding of global forces North and South and their interconnectedness.
Nature of Work
We have two fields of work. One is our development work in Jamaica, which is supported by fundraising work in Canada; the other is Global Education.
The goal of Jamaican Self-Help's Global Education committee is to advance the knowledge, awareness, and understanding of Canadians about the global forces which shape modern reality. This is achieved through education in issues such as gender, economics, race, class, the environment, and cultural diversity. The Global Education committee of Jamaican Self-Help organizes a variety of activities to help Canadians understand and appreciate global issues, especially relating to Jamaican and North-South issues. Annual Youth Awareness Trips to Jamaica are part of our Global Education programme.
Youth awareness trips include placements in Kingston, Jamaica in primary schools or a children's home.
Awareness trips generally take place in March and July/August. They last approximately 14 days.
Cost to Participate
Trips cost approximately $2,100 CDN
Youth trips are currently offered to young people living in the Peterborough region. Adult trips are offered occasionally, and are open to anyone interested.
Last updated: 2005-08-26