Thank You Blue Mountain Project
The Blue Mountain Project has been enhancing the Minto Primary School
educational and holistic development continuously. The Minto Primary
School family is certainly grateful for the input the Blue Mountain Project
is making in our growth and development.
* Getting a computer lab with 20 computers and an overhead projector were
like a LEAP into the education system. We felt we were on par with others
in the education arena.
* Receiving Internet service were indeed icing on the cake. Our students
are now exposed to "real life learning." Their acquisition of knowledge
is no longer limited to still pictures on a page. Seeing how the digestive
system works on a youtube presentation got them excited.
* Interactive teaching and learning encounters done by the volunteers
created life in the classroom. Students participation were impressive.
Teachers also benefited from the encounters. It tapped into the demand of
us teachers catering to the need for diversity in classroom.
* Sessions with the nurses created a sense of identity and pride.
* The school got recognition in the Jamaica Daily Gleaner because of the
Blue Mountain Project. Wow!!! That's awesome. (Gleaner dated February 24,
Dr. LaCalle, our partner in bridging the Gap between the Blue Mountain Project and the Jamaica Ministry of Health
Dr. Eduardo LaCalle was the first medical doctor to partner with the BMP in our initiative to share human resources with our partners at the Ministry of Health in St. Thomas Parish. Dr. LaCalle joined us earlier this year and worked in the mountains to follow-up with patients that volunteers in our community nursing program determined needed further attention.
After several days with the BMP, Euton and Vanessa took Dr. LaCalle to Morant Bay to volunteer in the emergency department at Princess Margaret Hospital where he worked for two weeks. Our partners in St. Thomas Parish, including the parish medical director, were thrilled and grateful for the work and assistance Dr. LaCalle provided and are very hopeful he will be back.
Dr. LaCalle is a busy ER doctor from San Francisco who determined to use his vacation time to support the medical needs in St. Thomas Parish and to explore the real Jamaica outside of the resorts. Dr. LaCalle is certainly a special person and the BMP is lucky to have so many compassionate and caring people in our global community of volunteers.
Dr. LaCalle provided post-trip medical reports to the BMP Committee on Health Programming and those reports are being used by our medical doctors joining us later this month as the first long-term medical doctors to live in Hagley Gap. Additionally, Dr. LaCalle is in contact with Dr. Josie Reynolds who is joining us later this year as the first medical doctor serving as a year-long Medical Ambassador.
Dr. LaCalle says he was, "thrilled to have been able to visit patients in the incomparable Hagley Gap," and wanted us to be sure to thank, "Euton, Vanessa, Kevin and Tia," for their work.