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Transforming Lives

HIV in Jamaica

Fifty-two-year-old Milton Stewart beams with joy as he takes his place behind the steering wheel. As one of the official drivers for the Ministry of Health within the western division of Jamaica, Stewart has operated many vehicles during his 30-year career, including trucks, buses and ambulances. Few assignments, however, are as meaningful to him as the job he now has.

Second Chances, Setting New Paths for Jamaican Youth

“When I talk about my past I get really sad,” says 19-year-old mother of two Shameka Campbell as the tears run down her cheeks. She recalls how, at the age of 10, her mother died and she had no father to care for her. Left alone, she was handed off to family members and friends.

Retrieve Primary School, Jamaica

In the isolated, serene hills of St. James on Jamaica’s west end sits the quaint little school of Retrieve Primary. The school hosts a total of approximately 120 students from grades 1 to 6. But until 2010, only 30 students attended the school.

Giving Youth a Second Chance

A hybrid training facility and social enterprise is perhaps the only one of its kind on the island of Jamaica. Here, busy young men in blue jumpsuits are learning skills that will help them to build successful businesses and overcome economic disadvantages.

HIV

Thirty-eight-year-old Jennifer, a hairdresser and single mother of four, has been HIV-positive for 14 years. While she is now a strong activist and advocate for the HIV community, this was not always the case. In 1999, when she first learned of her positive status, she feared the stigma that the virus carried with it and, more importantly, the impact that it would have on her children’s lives and futures.

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Last updated: May 16, 2018

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