Custom T-Shirts JA encouraging entrepreneurship in Blue Mountains with t-shirt design and printing class.
Big up to Christoff Johnson of Custom T-Shirts JA for joining us in the mountains to share his trade. Christoff taught a t-shirt screen printing class this past Saturday at the BMP Community Center and we will be working closely with him in the future to get a screen printing business up and running. Christoff is going to be teaching basic graphic design, the screen printing process and how to successfully run a t-shirt business. This project is part of our push for greater economic development and sustainable tourism programs after the Blue Mountains were named the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Jamaica. Thanks again Christoff and Custom T-Shirts JA, we are excited to be working with you!
Big up to the team from Inamikart Studio in Kingston that donated time, paint, materials and traveled into the mountains to completely revitalize the Blue Mountain Project's library and computer lab.
Inamikart Studio will also be donating their time to design and paint a new mural at Minto Primary School.
While there are some serious exaggerations on the social contract between the Jamaican government and Blue Mountain coffee farmers, this short documentary is still well worth a watch. Be sure to catch one of the Blue Mountain Project's host moms discussing quality control starting at 3:37/8:17. Debbie is one of our volunteers' favorite hosts and one of the best cooks in the mountains.
Joe Reynolds joined the BMP team this week as an Ambassador. Joe will be working to grow the local economy, promoting sustainable toursim and introducing green initiatives all linked to the Blue Mountains being named the first UNESCO World Heritage site in the Caribbean. The BMP is excited to take leadership in our pristine mountain communities to Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica. Thanks for sharing this video Joe.
Our partners at the Source Farm were featured on a BBC documentary on the Caribbean. Watch the clip below to learn why we are excited to be working with the Source Farm.
Tomorrow a large group of volunteers and staff from team BMP will be traveling to Kingston to stock up on organic produce at the Ujima Natural Farmers Market sponsored by the Source Farm. We will be meeting with Nicola from the Source Farm to discuss options for working together more closely but most especially to arrange a time for our team to be trained in making their all natural bag juices in time for our 2015 Summer Camps.
After watching the short clip from the BBC documentary above, if you want to learn more about the Source Farm please visit their website at http://thesourcefarm.com/
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.