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The Jamaica Diaspora

10/24/09

Permalink 11:10:39 pm, by Melba
Categories: Commentary

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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Sister Mary Margaret

SISTER MARGARET MARY, WHO WORKS FOR A LOCAL HOME HEALTH AGENCY WAS OUT MAKING HER ROUNDS WHEN SHE RAN OUT OF GAS.

AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT A GAS STATION WAS JUST A BLOCK AWAY.

SHE WALKED TO THE STATION TO BORROW A CAN OF GAS TO START & THEN DRIVE TO THE STATION FOR A FILL UP.

THE ATTENDANT REGRETFULLY TOLD HER THE ONLY GAS CAN HE OWNED HAD BEEN LOANED OUT BUT IF SHE WOULD WAIT, IT WAS SURE TO BE BACK SHORTLY.

SINCE THE NUN ! WAS ON THE WAY TO SEE A PATIENT SHE DECIDED NOT TO WAIT & SHE WALKED BACK TO THE CAR. AFTER LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO FILL WITH GAS, SHE SPOTTED A BEDPAN SHE WAS TAKING TO THE PATIENT.

ALWAYS RESOURCEFUL, SHE CARRIED IT TO THE STATION & FILLED IT WITH GASOLINE, & CARRIED IT TO HER CAR.

AS SHE WAS POURING THE GAS INTO THE TANK, TWO MEN WERE WATCHING FROM ACROSS THE STREET. ONE OF THEM TURNED TO THE OTHER & SAID, "IF IT STARTS, I'M TURNING CATHOLIC".

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