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The Jamaica Diaspora


Permalink 11:10:39 pm, by Melba
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The Jamaica Diaspora

Jamaicans can be found in every corner of the world. I remember being on a bus in Hong Kong talking to my companion when a man rushed from the top of the bus to meet us. He was a Jamaican living there and was so excited to hear a fellow Jamaican. The thing is, no matter how far away you are from home, and no matter how settled or happy you may be, there is a part of you that craves home and the things of your homeland. Not because you no longer live in Jamaica means you don’t care, you still want to see Jamaica flourish.

Jamaicans living abroad play a significant role in the development of Jamaica. They contribute financially in the form of remittances; they provide priceless charitable assistance in health care delivery, community development and medical missions. They sponsor basic schools and provide scholarships for tertiary education. They also contribute to tourism through their numerous visits to the island.

The Jamaica Diaspora is there to coordinate the efforts of individuals and small groups. A Jamaican Diaspora Foundation has been formed in the United States, in Canada and in the United Kingdom. The Foundation serves as a liaison with the Jamaican Diaspora, the government, the private sector and community-based organizations in Jamaica. Contributions are made to law enforcement, social development and health issues to name a few. Another area were the Diaspora Foundation is being effective is in education. An Education Trust Fund has been set up to provide well-needed school infrastructure and for funding scholarships and bursaries for all levels of education in Jamaica.

Most Jamaicans migrate to make a better life for themselves and their families. Between them, their children and grand children, they represent a talented, skilled and professional group with the potential to have a positive impact on the development of Jamaica. So if you are a Jamaican or the immediate descendant of a Jamaican living abroad, get involved with the Jamaican Diaspora Foundation nearest to you. Jamaica needs your help.

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"Recently, this Jamaican won the 10 million special lottery for a dollar. As soon as the office of the Lottery Corporation was open on the following day, he was there to collect his winnings.

Graciously, he presented his winning ticket to the clerk and in his best English uttered his request "Me cum fi collect the 10 millian dallars, si me ticket ya".

After reviewing and checking the ticket with his manager, the clerk returned and requested on how he would like his payments. The Jamaican replied "Mi wan all a de moni now". "Unfortunately, Sir" the nervous clerk responded, "The procedures are that we can only give you one million now and the balance equally over the next 20 years".

Furious and agitated, the Jamaican asked for the manager, who re-iterated "Sir, my assistant is correct, it is the regulation of the corporation that we initially pay you one million dollars now with the balance paid to you equally over the next 20 years".

Outraged, the Jamaican slammed his hand on the desk and shouted in anger, "Oonu tek me fi idiat, me wan all a de moni now or oonu gi me bak me rass dallar!!"


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