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Manchester diaspora urged to give back to homeland

INSPIRED: JamIn volunteers in St Elizabeth

AN ORGANISATION that helps to reconnect first, second, third and fourth generation Jamaicans back to Jamaica is calling the diaspora in Manchester to help to make a difference and give something back to their homeland.

Jamacians Inspired UK (JamIn) welcomes northerners to its launch in Manchester on February 11 at the Hideaway Youth Project in Moss Side.

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The diaspora organisation, which was born out of the Jamaica Diaspora Future Leaders Conference in 2009, encourages descendants of Jamaican-born parents and grandparents to strengthen their ties to the island and do something positive for Jamaican communities.

JamIn northern region coordinator, Keisha Swaby, said: “Manchester is a fantastic location to hold a launch of this kind. We are actively seeking the north’s best talents and people driven to devoting themselves to the social empowerment of those less fortunate.

“It will be a great event where people will have the opportunity to find out about our ongoing projects in Jamaica, membership benefits and about the organisation overall.”

One of the projects JamIn supports is the work undertaken by newly crowned Festival Queens of Jamaica.

Each festival queen has a community development project in their parish that requires resources, funding and support.

Working in partnership with the Jamaican Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) JamIn ambassadors in the UK provide relevant assistance. For example, Dainalyn Swaby, Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2017, is heading up a project called Project Learn, Earn, Return in St Elizabeth.

Her mission is to attract young Jamaicans to become entrepreneurs, helping to build and develop the communities that they live in. The project identifies opportunities for entrepreneurship among young people – primarily unattached youth – so that they are able to create sustainable income and employment for themselves.

JamIn chairman, Nathaniel Peat, said: “There is a saying: ‘You can go alone and go far or you can go together and go further and faster’. We are trying to mobilise ourselves and work together to go further and faster for Jamaica.

“Too often we hear negative things about Jamaica and we want to change that perception. JamIn aims to support the network of Jamaicans through initiatives such as mentorship programmes and encouraging social entrepreneurship.”

The meeting will be held from 4pm to 7pm and there will be the opportunity to sign up to the organisation on the night. Members are entitled to 12 months of exclusive benefits in the UK and Jamaica ranging from car hire to theme parks.

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