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Last updated: June 14, 2021

May 10, 2017

May 2017---It’s a scorching, sunny morning, and 46-year-old Venis Bryan is raring to go with her cap shielding her from the sun, her sunglasses firmly in place and her life vest strapped to her chest. Her co-captain, Cavin Lattibeaudiere, is right by her side. Both are ready to start their 12-hour shift. With beads of sweat trickling down her face, Bryan bends down to unravel the heavy rope from the dock, then jumps into her boat and sets sail to carry out her duties: to protect what she calls her babies.

March 14, 2017

March 2017—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.

They are learning skills like recycling glass bottles into ceramic tiles with machines they wired and welded; processing bamboo into charcoal; or building solar dryers to process locally supplied herbs and spices into teas and nutraceutical powders for international sale.

March 4, 2017

March 2017—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.

September 10, 2016

September 2016---When you meet Claudette Thompson, you are immediately taken with her high energy, infectious laughter, love of people and bubbly personality. It’s a far cry from the shy, introverted person you might have encountered only a few years ago.

Back then, the 49-year-old had few friends and found interaction with others difficult. Like so many in the blind and visually impaired community in Jamaica, she faced hardships her whole life, especially during her school years and when trying to enter the workforce.

March 14, 2016

March 2016—“I have HIV,” said Jennifer*. The crowded hall of restless high school students immediately fell silent as she told her story. What they heard was a tale of triumph over a frightening virus and the stigma that it can bring.