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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
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!
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
- 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 »
- 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 »
- 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 »