Jamaican Self-Help has 35 years of experience supporting education and community-building in close collaboration with our Jamaican partners. So many of the youth we support have been empowered and given the tools they need to succeed. Here are but a few success stories from former beneficiaries of JSH programmes:
Tashane McDonald was taken to the St. Margaret’s Human Resource Centre by his neighbour a Guidance Counsellor form a prominent school in his community. She took him and asked us to develop the potential she saw in him.
He started out at a slow pace because of his literacy and numeracy level, his class teachers worked hard along with him to develop those skills.
With great interest and dedication he excelled in all areas. In June 2015 he did the HEART Trust/NTA examination in Wooden Furniture Manufacturing Level 1. He was successful and received his certificate.
He is presently working at Modular Innovation Limited as a supervisor. The class teacher continues to dialogue with his employers and he has proven to be an asset to the organization and his manager.
Today his guardian and parents are proud of him and applauds the St. Margaret’s family intervention.
Afrie Moore started school at the remedial level at St. Margaret’s Human Resource Centre. In 2015 his transformation started when he was placed in a prominent high school. He started the program but refused to continue because the skill was interested in was not offered at the high school.
His mother took him back to the entre where he was placed in the Woodwork Department where his heart desire.
With great motivation from his teachers and parents he would spend his holidays and weekends enhancing his skill and gain additional information from the woodwork teacher in the dept.
We watched Moore grew in a positive direction, developing his potential and skills in the woodwork dept. for the two (2) years he spent in the department. In June 2105 he did the HEART Trust/NTA examination in Wooden Furniture Manufacturing Level 1. He was successful and received his certificate.
Immediately after his results he was gainfully employed at ta reputable Woodwork establishment as a furniture maker.
Today his parents give high regards and are very thankful to the organization because there parenting skills were developed through the parenting seminars and their child was successful and productive because of the St. Margaret’s Human Resource Centre.
Dennis Brown started the St. Margaret’s Human Resource in September 2013, his guardian spoke about his ability from the previous school he attended but he was not settled. His ability was discovered immediately after settling in class.
Because of his behavioural problems Dennis had several counselling intervention during his tenure. However, in his final year he took a positive path towards school.
His teachers would focus on his leadership qualities to demonstrate the practical skills in the Woodwork Dept. to his peers.
In June 2015 he sat the HEART Trust/NTA examination in Wooden Furniture Manufacturing Level 1. He was successful and received his certificate. His result changed him even better. He was very shocked. When he told his guardian they came for proof because they were more excited than him.
He is presently working not only for himself but to ensure that his family needs are met.