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 During the games she had been withdrawn and...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...
Changing the face of the future

Changing the face of the future

Last weekend four young men from our youth programme were interviewed on a radio show, and afterwards the presenter sent me an e-mail about his time with them. In it he wrote: “David, I so appreciate after rapping with these young men from Fusion youth club, the...