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.

OUR VISION

To see Jamaica developed and fulfill her 2030 Vision which states “ JAMAICA, THE PLACE OF CHOICE TO LIVE, WORK, RAISE FAMILIES AND DO BUSINESS” and her pledge, …“THAT JAMAICA MAY,UNDER GOD , INCREASE IN BEAUTY, FELLOWSHIP AND PROSPERITY, AND PLAY HER PART IN ADVANCING THE WELFARE OF THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE”.

OUR OBJECTIVES

  • To facilitate strategic partnership in key areas for nation-building such as Community Transformation, Safety, Economic Growth and Business Opportunity, Art, Values, Education and Health.
  • To identify a common framework for sustainable action
  • To decide on immediate solutions and actions that can be implemented to accelerate transformation in our communities.
  • To establish and implement mechanisms of accountability which engender trust between partners and organizations at home and abroad so as to allow for long term engagement and support.
  • To determine strategies to rebuild Biblical values in the nation and implement strategies to effect change.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

  • The creation of Jamaica Christian Networks both at home and abroad by area and region which support the engagement of Christian individuals, businesses, churches, denominations and others in the task of nation-building.
  • The Selection of 21 “Gold Ribbon” projects that will be highlighted for collective engagement and support during the conference.
  • Facilitating business opportunities through linkages and networking.
  • The creation of a Youth Movement connecting young people at home with those abroad.

ABOUT OPERATION SAVE JAMAICA

Operation Save Jamaica (OSJ) is a cross-denominational Christian charity focused on bringing about sustainable social, economic and spiritual transformation in Jamaica as a whole. OSJ works in partnership with organizations which share our vision to impact communities and improve lives. At the core of the OSJ approach is the belief that the Church has a key role to play in the development and advancement of the nation. Our aim is to mobilize the Church both at home in Jamaica and those in the Diaspora to play an active role in transforming communities and by extension the nation.

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