Youth Groups Join Hands and Hearts for Haiti

Date Published: 
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The National Youth Council of Jamaica (NYCJ), the Jamaica Youth Ambassadors Programme (JaYAP), and the
CARICOM Youth Ambassadors – Jamaica (CYA’s-Jamaica) in partnership with The University of the West Indies
(Mona) Students Today Ambassadors Tomorrow (UWI STAT), Jamaica Union of Tertiary Students (JUTS) and the
National Secondary Students' Council (NSSC), have embarked on a coordinated national youth-led approach to
facilitating a response to the Haiti Post Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts.

The project has been dubbed "HANDS AND HEARTS FOR HAITI - JAMAICA" - with the clear definition being A
Coalition of Youth Leaders of Jamaica Offering Practical Assistance to Haiti in its Post Hurricane Matthew
Recovery Process.

Each partner organization has committed to leading the collection of different categories of items and cash, as per the specified needs of our brothers and sisters in Haiti, as they seek to "get back on their feet". We are mindful
that various persons and groups are interested in helping, and as such, we are seeking to do so in a unified way, so the effort can be one of strength and substance via this coordinated approach.

The Project Management Team of the Hands and Hearts for Haiti - Jamaica initiative has already sent some items to Haiti, through the Office of Disaster, Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM). The packages consisted of canned food items and bottles of water. This handing over took place on November 1, 2016 – the day on which the ODPEM made its final collection of kind items for shipment, as they prepared to shift focus to collecting donations in cash for rebuilding Haiti.

We will continue to receive donations of items in kind, such as canned foods, toiletries, bottled drinking water,
weighted food items including rice, flour, sugar, etc., baby foods, clothing, blankets/sheets and medical supplies.
These items may be dropped off at our main collection points in each parish. (See attached list for drop off
locations and contact/point persons). The receipt of items in kind will continue until November 18, 2016.

Persons are also invited to donate cash to this initiative, which will be wired to Haiti through reputable partners in
the redevelopment process. We are mindful that their monetary needs are greatest now - to aid in the rebuilding
of the economy. In light of this increasing need, we have embarked on a number of strategies, including
the "20/25 - Keep Haiti Alive" initiative, characterised by the collection of $20 and $25, or multiples thereof (e.g.
$200, $250, $500, 2000, $5000, etc.) from students, members of staff within corporate entities and the general
public, primarily during the week of November 20 – 25, 2016. Persons may however opt to donate anytime during the month of November 2016.

Cash (or cheque) donations may be made/lodged to the National Youth Council of Jamaica National Commercial
Bank (NCB) Chequing Account.

  • Account Name: NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL
  • Branch: CROSS ROADS
  • Account Number: 231023631

We wish to express heartfelt thanks to those of you who have stretched forth your hands in partnership with us, by contributing to this initiative to date, and anticipate the continued support, even as we join our hands and hearts to make a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Haiti, as they recover from the effects of Hurricane Matthew.