” … only understand patois!”

” … only understand patois!”

“One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.” – Mother Teresa In the last two weeks we have taken children and young people from inner city communities to a beach in Portland, a waterfall in St. Elizabeth, and a botanical gardens with a river in St. Mary....
We get knocked down, but we get up again!

We get knocked down, but we get up again!

Last Saturday we took around 40 young people and leaders on a day trip to Winnifred Beach in Portland. The day was planned out with activities that would help the young people to have fun, work together on team challenges, and ultimately experience a level of freedom...
A Beautiful Day

A Beautiful Day

Let me introduce you to some children: Everton is 8 years old, and his prayer is for mothers and fathers in his community to be good parents. Plattini is 10, and his prayer is that people in his community would learn to say kind words. Kimani is 11, and his prayer is...
Good news of great joy for all mankind

Good news of great joy for all mankind

On Thursday, children from our Kids Clubs marched around Trench Town to celebrate the Christmas story with their community. Straight after the pageant we gave awards to those children and clubs that have got the most “values stars” over the last 3 months...
Don’t push these children away

Don’t push these children away

A number of volunteers could not come to help at our clubs last week, because they had the flu. We have been very stretched for team recently, so with even fewer volunteers coming we decided to re-organise the programme, keep all the club groups together at one venue,...
Love that transforms

Love that transforms

One of the boys at our football club in Trench Town (who I’ll call Omar) has been doing well at clubs, earning 13 “values stars” over the last 7 weeks. Over the previous 3 months he had only earned 4, and had been sent home for disciplinary reasons...
“What are we doing this for?!”

“What are we doing this for?!”

Yesterday we held our regular weekly kids clubs, and the youth club afterwards, and it was one of those more challenging days. The groups are still forming, getting used to a new mix of personalities in each group after the summer break, and remembering what behaviour...
“Sir – she come home!”

“Sir – she come home!”

“Sir – she come home!” As Shani (not her real name) arrived at club she said these words, and her face shone with joy, satisfaction, and relief. Her face had worn a very different expression a week earlier. During the games she had been withdrawn and...
“Wha’ gwan coach?”

“Wha’ gwan coach?”

Today I had a meeting with leaders from Fusion Jamaica’s youth programme to plan what we will be doing over the coming weeks. We met in a patty shop in Crossroads (in the middle of Kingston). Half way through our meeting a young man came up and tapped me on the...
They will have an open shot.

They will have an open shot.

I was standing on East Road, part of Trench Town, with dreams of running a Basketball programme for disenfranchised young people, that would use the sport to teach them important life lessons from the Bible and help prepare them for adulthood. Across the street was a...