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Mission to Motivate to tour Jamaica

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mission-to-motivate.jpgThe Child Development Agency (CDA) is taking Mission to Motivate across Jamaica. Launched last year as a part of the agency's 10th anniversary series of events, Mission to Motivate initiative aims to encourage children, specifically those in state care, to strive for excellence despite the odds they face. Throughout Child Month, the team will visit eight homes covering the South Eastern, North Eastern, Southern, and Western regions.

"Mission to Motivate serves to encourage children to aspire for greatness, despite the cards life has handed them, rise above their current situation by building resilience and, most especially, break the cycle of negative behaviours," Michelle McIntosh, CDA 10th Anniversary Planning Committee chair said.

To do this, the CDA is utilising past wards of the state, as well as university students, to bring the motivation message. These young adults, McIntosh explained, have been a part of the system and understand the realities of children in State care, have been assisted by the CDA, or are intrigued with the programme.

All, she noted, are model young people who have overcome adversity, received numerous awards and are successful in their various fields. This charge is led by 10th anniversary co-patrons Tanisha Esman-Ledgister and Tamian Beckford, along with Kingston and St Andrew Corporation youth mayor, Jahzeal Clarke.

Jahzeal Clarke has already been to three Mission to Motivate sessions, enjoying every bit.

Though he has never been in a home, he said he has benefitted from assistance from personnel at the CDA.

The 21-year-old student at the University of the West Indies, Mona, is the sixth of 10 children for his mother, who died when he was in grade four.

Since then, he said, he has been on his own, living at different places. Despite this, he has been the first of his siblings to graduate fifth form with nine CXC subjects, attend sixth form, and go on to university where he is a first-year political leadership and strategy management student.

"In visiting the homes, I have been touched by the fact, that as I shared my story, the children listened keenly, asking questions. They wanted to know how I overcame this, or how I managed to move on from that, or how does one to get the next stage, or requested actual examples for them to follow," Clarke said.





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Fed up with the images of children being abused and their lives snuffed out, upcoming singer, Paulette Santana has released the militant, no-hold-barred single, Dead In Deh, which warns the perpetrators of child abuse that there is no sympathy for them when they are caught and sent to prison.

The artiste who is managed by 1Family Entertainment noted that the song is a direct aim at those older men who are using and abusing little girls (and boys)for their own perverted pleasure. In the single, she asks: "How could a 12 year old seize you/Tell me what that little girl deh could a really do fi please you?"

The singer also urges everybody to be militant and stand up for the rights of the children and call up on mothers to protect their children from these monsters. Stop cover up fi the an dem,' is her plea to the mothers.

Paulette Santana a strong, focused and talented 24-year-old musician hails from Resource, in Manchester, Jamaica. Amidst the economic challenges she encountered while growing up in a single- parent household with her mother and seven siblings, she held firmly to her goals of becoming a successful musician and a force to reckon with in the music industry. Among her idols are Reggae songstress Etana who she admires for her soulfulness and positive songs and Paula Shaw, a neighborhood philanthropist and role model who has helped to mould her in the individual that she is today.

She attended Grove Town Primary School and later Bishop Gibson High School in Mandeville. During her tenure there, Paulette successfully perfected her communication, time management and analytic skills. Paulette Santana is quite proficient in the art of engendering and performing songs from a plethora of musical genres including, R&B, Souls, Gospel, Dancehall, and Roots Reggae.





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Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (centre), with children from the Columbus Prep School in St. Ann, after she launched the Social Development Commission (SDC) Local Economic Development Support Programme (LEDSP), in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on May 7.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, says she is taking a zero tolerance approach to the abuse of the nation's children.She warned that if the abuse continues, the Government will take a serious look at the laws which impact the lives of that group.

Addressing the launch of the Social Development Commission (SDC) Local Economic Development Support Programme (LEDSP), in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on May 7, Mrs. Simpson Miller called on community members to unite in the fight against the scourge, which has been wreaking havoc among the population.

She also encouraged Jamaicans to return to the days of allowing communities to raise the nation's children, adding that they have a responsibility to give true meaning to the African proverb - 'it takes a village to raise a child'.

"We have a responsibility to the children. When communities are united, the children are protected, because they look out for the children and they are always interested in their well-being. I am making a special appeal to parents...be careful! If this abuse thing continues, we are going to have to strengthen the laws that impact the lives of our children. I am not going to stand for the abuse of any children anywhere in this country," the Prime Minister said.

"Communities across the country must now unite in the protection of our children. They are the future leaders of this country," she added.

Mrs. Simpson Miller said that if reports of children being abused persist, she will be dealing with them in a decisive way, as the children should be nurtured and protected, not abused.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister emphasised that developments in Jamaica should take place with the nation's children in mind. She lauded the SDC for its effort in community development, and called on all stakeholders to develop parks across the island for the children.

"The SDC was created to lead the way in the development of communities in Jamaica. Every programme that we develop should include the social and economic advancement of those people who live in those communities," the Prime Minister said.





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Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (centre), with children from the Columbus Prep School in St. Ann, after she launched the Social Development Commission (SDC) Local Economic Development Support Programme (LEDSP), in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on May 7.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, says she is taking a zero tolerance approach to the abuse of the nation's children.She warned that if the abuse continues, the Government will take a serious look at the laws which impact the lives of that group.

Addressing the launch of the Social Development Commission (SDC) Local Economic Development Support Programme (LEDSP), in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on May 7, Mrs. Simpson Miller called on community members to unite in the fight against the scourge, which has been wreaking havoc among the population.

She also encouraged Jamaicans to return to the days of allowing communities to raise the nation's children, adding that they have a responsibility to give true meaning to the African proverb - 'it takes a village to raise a child'.

"We have a responsibility to the children. When communities are united, the children are protected, because they look out for the children and they are always interested in their well-being. I am making a special appeal to parents...be careful! If this abuse thing continues, we are going to have to strengthen the laws that impact the lives of our children. I am not going to stand for the abuse of any children anywhere in this country," the Prime Minister said.

"Communities across the country must now unite in the protection of our children. They are the future leaders of this country," she added.

Mrs. Simpson Miller said that if reports of children being abused persist, she will be dealing with them in a decisive way, as the children should be nurtured and protected, not abused.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister emphasised that developments in Jamaica should take place with the nation's children in mind. She lauded the SDC for its effort in community development, and called on all stakeholders to develop parks across the island for the children.

"The SDC was created to lead the way in the development of communities in Jamaica. Every programme that we develop should include the social and economic advancement of those people who live in those communities," the Prime Minister said.





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