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Jamaican Self-Help (JSH) is a non-governmental, registered charitable organization based in Peterborough, Ontario founded in 1978 by John & Rosemary Ganley, two teachers from Peterborough. In its beginnings, JSH was a volunteer based organization that worked with a Jamaican musical
JSH is currently working to help improve the living circumstances of Jamaican people by fostering self-sustaining programs such as literacy, skills training, community development, and institutional strengthening. Our Jamaican partners inspire us — they are the reason we do what
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On the Ground Testimonials
We’ve seen many successes over the years thanks to Jamaican Self-Help — and especially with our music programme and our dance programme... We have seen our children singing, and we have seen the manifestation of their happiness as they participate in the music programme funded by JSH. This is the first time the students have been able to play with instruments in over 15 years! This is a major achievement. So thank you, Jamaican Self-Help!
At first, our children were not very confident in performing. But with the support of JSH to our music programme, there has been huge success… This support has helped boost the confidence and self-esteem of our children in a major way.
News and Events
- Looking over the walls of St. Anne’s primary school at the neighbourhood where the children live and the joyful faces of the children at St. Anne’s performing one of their favourite songs. Read More »
- The JSH Ottawa Committee is pleased to host An Evening of Music and Reading on October 21st. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the JSH Ottawa Committee directly at (613) 843-1762Read More »
- 10th Annual Artisan Show and Sale – November 12 & 13, 2016 The Artisan Show and Sale raises funds for Jamaican projects while supporting the many talented artisans who bring beautiful work to our community. With over 20 local artisansRead More »