Great things are happening in the YWCA
The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of Jamaica Island Conference under the theme 'Service is commitment above self' was held at the Kingston YWCA headquarters on 51 Arnold Road in Kingston, Saturday, March 28.
Each year, a conference is held to discuss the achievements and challenges of the YWCA organisation in the various parishes across the island.
President, Majorie Miller chaired the meeting with the support of the immediate vice-president Quida Ridgard, General Secretary Barbara Shervington and Perditha Warburton treasurer among other representative.
More than 20 members were present with representatives from Montego Bay and Port Royal.
Achievements and Challenges
Suezeth Allen, board member represented the Montego Bay YWCA. She noted that they offer four courses in cake and pastry making among others. She also mentioned that students are also taught dressmaking, "Students enjoy this class and wear the items as soon as they are made ... one lady from the present class has even sold items which she made," said Allen.
Allen also mentioned that they are currently seeking teachers to volunteer at least once per week for the literacy programme offered Monday to Thursday from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
The Kingston YWCA School Leaver Institute currently accommodates 194 young girls who have dropped out of high school for whatever reasons - grades nine, 10 and 11. There are also adult programmes certification courses in food preparation, cosmetology (nail, hair, make-up), cake and pastry making, floral and event decoration, garment construction, electrical instalment, job preparation (rÈsumÈ, interview, skills, conflict management) - eight, 10 or 12 weeks programmes.
There were a few successful activities that were presented by Ruthlyn Swaby and Sandra Dixon, include their annual summer camp, World YWCA and YWCA week of prayer and world fellowship, annual Christmas luncheon, youth teens club, Tiny Y's, child care and development centre expansion programs.
The YWCA Basic School in Port Royal now has a new building but is need of proper lighting and classroom facilities. Yanique Williams, one of the teachers said that children are unable to play or go outside because of the dust, so the area is in need of paving.
The YMCA was established in Jamaica in 1923 and became affiliated to the world YWCA in 1930. The non-profit organisation continues to make a significant and outstanding contribution particularly in the area of education, despite the many challenges across the island.
As their aim is to promote the well-being and empowerment of women and girls in all aspects of their lives and works to unite them in a worldwide Christian fellowship, which seeks fullness of life through physical, mental, social and spiritual development and through service to others and the nation.
The YWCA welcomes volunteers, sponsors join a vibrant, positive, dedicated team as they continues to serve our sisters and brothers.