Les Isaac on the Jamaica Christian Diaspora Conference
THE JAMAICA CHRISTIAN DIASPORA CONFERENCE
Hundreds of stakeholders in Jamaica’s social and economic development drawn from Churches in Jamaica and in the Diaspora as well as various sectors, interest groups and institutions, are being mobilised for the Jamaica Christian Diaspora Conference in Montego Bay, October 13 and 14, 2016.
In what promises to be a watershed moment in Jamaica’s growing Diaspora movement, the Jamaica Christian Diaspora Conference seeks to build on similar initiatives at the national and community levels by mobilising increased support in terms of ideas, technology, best practices, and spiritual and material support from the Diaspora Church and related networks for targeted and sustained high-impact development projects and activities in Jamaica.
This inaugural Conference carries a burden to ensure that – through innovative, sustainable programmes with a difference – more of Jamaica’s young people are supported towards a strong future. The conference will explore opportunities for individuals, Christian organizations and Diaspora led and
supported interventions to achieve this aim. A few of the opportunities to be examined for implementation is a Diaspora Multi- Disciplinary Centre for young offenders and a template for turning around underresourced, under-performing schools into Schools of Choice. This conference will also provide the opportunity for networking with like-minded and committed people, bringing together those who are already involved in the work of transforming communities with those with newly ignited interest and the drive to make change happen.