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Stories by Jamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

Published:Saturday | October 10, 2020 | 12:07 AMJamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

Students across the island are showing tremendous mettle in the face of the challenges presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. One such student is Zachary Murray, who donated 21 tablets and laptops through his Zach’s Device Drive...

Published:Saturday | October 3, 2020 | 12:07 AMJamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

The Bustamante Box is raising donations to help children in need through website design. The new method of donating was recently added to the group’s website to raise funds for upcoming initiatives, including coronavirus (COVID-19) mitigation...

Published:Saturday | September 12, 2020 | 12:08 AMJamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

UniCycle Jamaica has received an added boost to their uniform collection drive, in the form of 700 fabric masks. The masks were made by Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) Programme volunteers, with fabric donated to UniCycle by...

Published:Saturday | September 5, 2020 | 12:07 AMJamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

Schools will reopen on a phased basis beginning October 5, but, for many students, the difficulties they experienced the previous school year with accessing devices, and for some, data, are still very present. Camir Ricketts, founder of the...

Published:Saturday | August 22, 2020 | 12:14 AMJamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

Mobile Medicals Jamaica is no stranger to unlikely beginnings. The mobile medical outfit started in July of this year when young doctors Dr Jade Jeffery and Dr Yendi Buckeridge found themselves without permanent employment contracts. The...

Published:Saturday | August 15, 2020 | 12:25 AMJamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

The National Blood Transfusion Service’s (NBTS) youngest donor for 2020, Gabrielle Hoo, collected 55 units at her first blood drive. Held at the Kiwanis Collection Centre at the National Chest Hospital on July 25, Hoo’s drive will impact some 165...

Published:Saturday | August 8, 2020 | 12:10 AMJamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

Signs mandated social distancing; masks were compulsory and while lollygagging was not restricted, there was little milling about as the community of Airy Castle in St Thomas hosted a small community fair last Saturday at the Airy Castle Basic...

Published:Saturday | August 1, 2020 | 12:12 AMJamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

As they head into the new school year, students and parents are to get much-needed assistance in the form of back-to-school supplies from the Fi We Children Foundation. With a team of more than 100 youth volunteers islandwide, Fi We Children...

Published:Saturday | July 25, 2020 | 12:11 AMJamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

A local thrift initiative is raising money and collecting donations for charities across the island, all while giving new life to second-hand clothing. Guided by the age-old Jamaica adage ‘every mikkle mek a mukkle’, non-profit Mukkle Thrift...

Published:Saturday | July 18, 2020 | 12:14 AMJamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

Human rights non-profit Stand Up For Jamaica has launched a campaign to cover the legal costs of prisoners incarcerated without trial in the Jamaican penal system. With a focus on the mentally ill who are lost in the system, the effort is multi-...

Published:Saturday | July 11, 2020 | 1:04 PMJamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

Michael ‘MJ’ Forbes is still holding on to the hope of taking his place at the York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada this year. As he prepares to sit the second and final unit of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations, the 19-year-...

Published:Saturday | July 11, 2020 | 12:00 AMJamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

Families of 100 children in east Portland are getting some much-needed support in the form of monthly care packages from the Alligator Head Foundation. The marine conservation non-profit began distributing the care packages in April, as a way to...

Published:Saturday | July 4, 2020 | 12:18 AMJamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

The Hope Zoo Preservation Foundation has reopened to the public following an almost three-month closure of public gardens and zoos. To protect patrons and staff, the facility has implemented several physical distancing and sanitising measures,...

Published:Saturday | June 27, 2020 | 12:15 AMJamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

When school resumes on September 7, some students will return with the help of UniCycle Jamaica. The school uniform-recycling initiative collects gently used uniforms and redistributes them to schools and students in need. Started in 2018 by...

Published:Saturday | June 20, 2020 | 12:14 AMJamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

Gabrielle Hoo is the youngest donor at the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS). And with two voluntary donations under her belt, the 16-year-old student is just beginning to put entries on her donor card but is already showing extraordinary...

Published:Saturday | June 13, 2020 | 12:00 AMJamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

St Catherine-based special-needs school Faith Education Centre has surpassed its initial GoFundMe goal of US$3,000. The campaign, which was started on May 21 with the aim of helping the institution to relocate from its Willodene, Spanish Town,...

Published:Saturday | June 13, 2020 | 12:00 AMJamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

THE HOPE Zoo Preservation Foundation and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) on Wednesday, released three rescued barn owls into the wild. The owls – siblings Alpha and Salena and the famous Powder – took flight with no incident,...

Published:Saturday | June 6, 2020 | 12:00 AMJamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

NINETY-SEVEN DONORS gave blood at the Doc Ravers Blood Drive organised by Dr Phillip Coombs. The weekend event, held on May 23 and 30 at the Kiwanis Blood Collection Centre of the National Chest Hospital, was the first blood drive hosted by the...

Published:Saturday | May 30, 2020 | 10:35 PMJamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

SCHOOLS ACROSS the island are set to physically reopen on September 7, but for the Faith Education Centre in Willodene, Spanish Town, St Catherine, the future hangs in the balance unless the institution is able to raise the funds needed to relocate...

Published:Saturday | May 23, 2020 | 12:00 AMJamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

AS THEY campaign to raise funds to attend their dream universities, two Jamaican students are teaching the country an important lesson – there are no insurmountable boundaries or barriers to achieving one’s aims and objectives. Upper-sixth-form...

Published:Saturday | May 16, 2020 | 12:00 AMJamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

THE HOPE Zoo Preservation Foundation has been hard-hit by closure, arising from the emergence of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Jamaica. No guests means no revenue for the non-profit, but staff and donors are helping to keep hope alive and...

Published:Saturday | May 9, 2020 | 12:12 AMJamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

THE FACULTY of Engineering at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, is stepping up to the plate in the fight against the new coronavirus (COVID-19) through its final-year projects and commercial arm, Mona-Tech Engineering Services....

Published:Saturday | May 2, 2020 | 12:00 AMJamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

THE NEED for blood is urgent. That is the message from local Mexican-Jamaican eatery Chilitos JaMexican Food as they encourage patrons to donate blood. In exchange for their support, all who donate will receive a 30 per cent discount on anything...

Published:Saturday | April 25, 2020 | 12:00 AMJamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

AS THE University of The West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, moves to online-only teaching in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, its alumni association is appealing to graduates to donate so that students in need may access the university’s...

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2020 | 12:00 AMJamila Litchmore/Special Projects and Engagement Editor

TODAY IS Ayanna Dixon’s birthday, and as she has done for the past three years, the milestone was marked with a mindful celebration — a beach clean-up with friends, volunteers, partners and some people, who up until the day, she had never met. The...

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