The Jamaica Association in Switzerland (JAS) aims to make a significant difference in Jamaica by providing primary schools with the financial support they need for a safe and healthy environment for the children.
Since its creation in 2005, the JAS has been able to complete the following projects:
Holland Primary School, St. Elizabeth
Shalom Christian outreach Centre, Hermitage, St. Andrew
- Provided financial support for the purchase of back-to-school materials for children as part of an outreach program
Rollington Town Primary, Kingston
Lannaman Prep School, Kingston
Mount Zion Basic School, St. Ann
Caledonia Basic School, Watt Town, St. Ann
Elim Basic School, Portmore, St-Catherine
National Water Commission Co-operative Credit Union Basic School, Kingston
President Jessica Amanda Taylor and Projects Director Rashid Hall were invited to share the amazing work the Association is doing on the popular Smile Jamaica show on TV Jamaica.
“It’s a blessing to be able to extend the reach of the Association to the entire country in this way”
– President Jessica Amanda Taylor
One of the questions that came up in the interview related to the creation of the Association back in 2005. As shared by the President, May 2005 marked Jamaican Icon Bob Marley’s 60th Birth Anniversary and a group of eight Jamaicans residing in Switzerland decided to honor him with a fête. Jamaican food was served and 245 Jamaicans rocked the dance floor, singing to Jamaican music. The fête was a great success! From that emerged the idea of creating an Association to bring Jamaicans residing in Switzerland together and support the education system in Jamaica. This is how JAS was born, presided by Sir Paul Whylie at the time.
The objectives of the association have been and remain to enhance cultural exchange between Jamaica and Switzerland, maintain strong relations between the two countries, provide support and act as a community for Jamaican coming to reside/residing in Switzerland and support primary schools in all fourteen parishes in Jamaica.
“When I first stepped into Margaret’s house (former President of the JAS) and she said “wah gwan Rashid, come in” I almost shed a tear.”
– Director Rashid Hall
So far, the JAS has been able to complete projects for a total of over j$ 1’000’000 in Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Elizabeth, St. Ann, St. Catherine and St-Thomas. We are looking for new projects to take on in all parishes. Requests can be submitted to us via our website, they will be reviewed by the Board for approval.
We are currently working on a new project at White Hall Primary where the JAS will be funding the purchase and installation of a water tank so that children can have easy access to running water.
The complete interview can be watched here: