On June 28th we had another opportunity to support their efforts, we were in attendance at Jamaica Impact Inc.(Jampact's) fifth annual C.H.I.C gala at the DiMenna center in NYC. The Gala is a fundraising effort to support the Maxfield Park Children at the Maxfield Park orphanage and school in Kingston Jamaica and other schools in the area. The night was filled was individual who had come together to support a common cause: EDUCATION for JAMAICA'S YOUTH. Each speaker spoke eloquently and frankly about the state of Jamaica's education system and how important it was that we as adults from the diaspora and those connected by members of the diaspora should be united in raising awareness and bring about the necessary change for the issues that plaque our youth
The points highligthed at this event made us happy to say that we are a part of the solution and yet that happiness was short lived because we understood that while the focus was on Jamaica's education system and the youth's being impacted, we realized that the problem was global. Globally education and literacy has to brought to the forefront of societal issues. We can longer only see the problems in one section, while ignoring the other continents and countries where the innocent faces of children living on so many streets and neighborhoods do not have access to the simplicities of a book or the ability to grasp and learn to read their first word. The children in Jamaica are no different from those in North or South America, Europe , Africa or Asia. They are all the same and they should be given the same opportunities, they should be given an education. We all need to support the common cause.... We need to educate our youth!!!!!
These statistical facts and points were presented at the event ,we feel it necessary to share these with you as our family since they reflect children on a global level :
- 50% of student leave preschool being unable to read.
- A child's brain grows 85% between the ages of 0-5 years
- Each child is born with the inherent traits to be a genius
- Each child must be given the opportunity to make the most of their gift at an early age.
I now ask you what will happen to the little ones who are not exposed to these words or phrases because of the situation that they have no control over? The answer, we need to become a part of the solution by supporting a common cause. Be bold enough to step up and read at your child's school or any school, give a book to child in need, volunteer, extend yourself in ways that you would never think you could. Give back not just to the country or cause that you know or are familiar with.... have a open heart and impact lives, especially the lives of children.
SUPPORT A COMMON CAUSE!!!!!
Much Love & Walk Good
Attached is a link to RKM & Jampact's website to find out more about who we are and what we are doing.
|RKMFoundation Inc. Team Members & Jamaica Impact Inc. Team Members|
|Ladies of RKMFoundation with Stephen Hill Founder of Caribbean International Network|
|Ladies of RKMFoundation Inc. & The Hon. Herman Lamont - Consul General of Jamaica|