The Beginning of a Journey
This initiative was birthed out of the Northeast region of the Jamaica Diaspora Organization.
The 2019 Diaspora Day of Service will introduce diaspora members to Dela Vega City in Spanish Town and kick-off the the Community of Special Promise initiative. We are making a long-term commitment to sustainable development in this community. Jamaicans and all friends of Jamaica, wherever they are located, are being invited to join us on this thoughtful and exciting journey. Dela Vega City has been selected to serve as the platform for the design and testing of a sustainable community development model that can be replicated in other communities across Jamaica. Though there will be robust diaspora support, the change initiative will be community-driven, with the Dela Vega City Benevolent Society playing the critical community-based leadership role.
In lieu of just moving ahead to engage somewhat arbitrarily in a variety of social intervention programs , we are forming a cross-sector coalition comprised of individuals and organizations, both local and in the diaspora. The coalition will provide the expertise and the direction needed to ensure that this initiative is carried out with excellence. Though the coalition will remain engaged over the long haul, we envision many other short- and mid-term collaborations with a variety of other individuals and organizations.
We will use available platforms to engage not only the many Jamaicans in the diaspora who have remained connected to their roots, but we will also make every effort to energize and even excite members of the diaspora who have, for one reason or another, remained disengaged or even disillusioned with Jamaica for many years. The ultimate goal is the development of a dynamic cross-sector diaspora-supported, community-driven model of sustainable community development that garners deep support from local and diaspora organizations, agencies, and individuals so that together we can impact the social, economic, and spiritual fabric of Jamaica as a whole. Dela Vega City is just the beginning.
Want to join us? Click here to contact us if you would like to get more information on this initiative. You can also RSVP to participate in the Diaspora Days of Service in Dela Vega City. We will be in the community on June 20th and June 21st, 2019.
Schedule of Activities
Thursday, June 20th
Diaspora members, local partners, and community residents will join together to beautify the park in the community. We will plant grass and a tree to commemorate the day. We also want to provide some outdoor benches so the residents can have a beautiful, safe, and relaxing space to hang out. Plans will be made for the ongoing maintenance of the space.
10:00 - 12:00: Dela Vega Park Project
Lunch will be provided by an amazing local chef. We will relax for an hour and enjoy the meal together.
12:00 - 1:00: Lunch
After lunch we will be led by special tour guides through this amazing community. We will make scheduled stops along the way to interact with the top dressmaker, the shoemaker, and other artisans in the community. This promises to be a fun time. Dela Vegans are not stodgy, disengaged people. They are captivating, friendly, funny, yet very serious and committed to their community. They are just coming out of an amazing 2019 Sports Day experience, so expect bantering and much camaraderie as you walk through the four blocks in the community.
1:00 - 3:00: Community Walkthrough
Friday, June 21st
The diasporans in this group are making a long-term commitment to sustainable community development in Jamaica. We believe that Dela Vega is the right community to test an emerging model of diaspora engagement in sustainable community development. The community benefits from having an excellent leadership team and a robust diaspora community.
10:00 - 12:00: Roundtable Discussion
This will be a big lime and outdoor cookout experience. This is not a segment you will want to miss. :)
12:00 - 1:30: Lunch
We will end our Diaspora/Dela experience on a high note with a domino tournament.
1:30 - 3:00: Domino Tournament
There are Jamaicans in the diaspora who are ready to step up to the plate to support an authentic grassroots community-driven sustainable community development agenda across our beautiful island, beginning in Dela Vega City, Spanish Town. We envision a robust and growing coalition that is committed to developing a model of diaspora engagement in sustainable community development in Jamaica.