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About Us

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


Our Partners

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


Get Involved

There are many ways you can get involved! You can attend or host an event, volunteer your time or make a donation. JSH is a welcoming and inclusive organization and we truly appreciate any contribution you can make. To find out

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!

Estella Forrester St. Annie's Teacher

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.

Davion James Music teacher at St Annie’s

News and Events

  • 2019 Jamaica Trip Update

    2019 Jamaica Trip Update

    Seeing a Different Side of Jamaica When we think of Jamaica, we see beautiful white beaches, hear the lively reggae music, smell the sumptuous jerk chicken and feel the warm sea breezes. Jamaican Self-Help recently took a group of adultsRead More »
  • Rosemary Ganley to receive YMCA Peace Medal

    Rosemary Ganley to receive YMCA Peace Medal

    Jamaican Self-Help, the organization that Rosemary Ganley and her husband, John, founded is thrilled that Rosemary is being honoured on November 23rd by receiving this year’s YMCA’s peace medallion. Rosemary is truly a humanitarian as she works diligently on genderRead More »
  • 2018 Spring e-Newsletter

    2018 Spring e-Newsletter

          Welcome to our Spring E-Newsletter! We hope that you will enjoy learning about progress that has been made over the past few months in Jamaican communities thanks to our deeply committed volunteers and donors. As well, weRead More »

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