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Yohan Blake partners with UK group to help children in JA

INSPIRATIONAL: Yohan Blake

THE YOHAN Blake Foundation based in Jamaica has partnered with Jamaicans Inspired in the UK to provide mentoring support for the Foundation’s three children’s homes in Jamaica through various charitable projects while connecting the Jamaican Diaspora market in the UK with a worthy cause.

The children’s homes to benefit from this new partnership are Mount Olivet Boys Homes in Manchester, Pringle Home in St. Mary and the Jamaica Baptist Union Garland Hall Memorial Children Home in Anchovy, St James.

The Jamaicans Inspired organisation focuses on motivating and empowering young people to tap into and build on their entrepreneurial skillsets.

The organisation is also planning on taking a group of UK Jamaicans to the island to experience destination Jamaica and become accustomed to the culture so that they can gain a greater appreciation for the partnership that have been forged.

In recognition of the assistance from Jamaicans Inspired, the Jamaican sprinter expressed his appreciation via a heartfelt letter where he outlined the needs of the homes and his ultimate goal to build a Residential Academy in the next five years.

Blake wrote: “I am Yohan Blake, a Jamaican sprinter who competes in athletics on the international scene. At the age of 19, I was the youngest man ever to have broken the 10 second barrier for 100 metres and 200 metres in a time of 9.69 seconds and 19.26 seconds respectively; making me a World and Olympic Champion.
 

“I am also the founder of the YB Afraid Foundation which was established to lend financial support to children homes. Through my foundation, I have adopted three children homes in Jamaica - Mount Olivet Boys Homes in Manchester, Pringle Home in St. Mary and the Jamaica Baptist Union Garland Hall Memorial Children Home in Anchovy. 

"These homes cater to over 50 children and I plan to adopt an additional four homes, making it a total of seven across the island.

“I strongly believe that every child deserves to feel safe and protected. Every child deserves a caregiver who will guide them through the most confusing time in their lives and every child needs access to recreational and educational facilities which will stimulate their growth and development. 

"Therefore, I want to ensure that these homes will serve as a safe and nurturing environment for children who have been abused, abandoned, orphaned, homeless or who have had to leave home because their families cannot adequately provide for their basic needs. 

“However, it takes a community to grow a child and these homes are in constant need of supplies all year round. With this in mind, I have partnered with Jamaicans Inspired to create a click and donate link so interested persons can contribute towards maintaining these homes for our nation’s children.

"Donations will go towards providing toiletries, food, clothing, building recreational facilities and ensuring access to education. Through this partnership, we will be hosting several charity events in the upcoming year with the aim of making these into annual events 



“Ultimately, my dream is to build a Residential Academy in the next five years and I will be working with the Jamaicans Inspired team to make this a reality.

“This Resident Academy will provide boarding facilities for the wards of the state and will operate as a school which provides theoretical and vocational courses. The academy will also be opened to the general public to register their children to attend; as it is important to foster social integration among our future generation.

"In preparing our children for professional development, the resident academy will cover a wide cross-section of courses in various fields such as hospitality, horticulture and Informational Technology to name a few.

“We will also be working with One Step Forward Consultancy to provide training for the children at the academy. This organisation primarily focuses on the changing of lives through the awareness of safeguarding and child protection issues relating to our children and families.

"One Step Forwarding Consultancy will be hosting conference at the Jamaica Conference Centrein Kingston on May 17 and 18, 2018 and a fund-raising social ‘Rock for a Cause’ the UK Lovers Rock Showcase in Ocho Rios on the evening of May 19, 2018.

“I believe the children are the future, so I am asking for your support to donate towards this cause and support our charity events. Be the change you want to see in this world. You can make a difference in a child’s life today,” Yohan Blake concluded. 

Persons wishing to make donations can visit www.jamaicans-inspired.com/ybf or the YB Afraid Facebook page for updates including a press conference scheduled for next year in Jamaica and a gospel concert in aid of the Foundation.

For non-monetary donations and support opportunities please contact Shenika Bennett at YBDonate@jamaicans-inspired.com.

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