Social Good

Job opportunity: U-Report Jamaica social messaging tool

u-report unicef jamaica

For the past couple months I’ve been supporting the UNICEF Jamaica team preparing for the for the Jamaican launch of U-Report, which is UNICEF’s social messaging tool. In a nutshell, it allows us to send weekly polls/message pushes to an audience of U-Reporter via their favorite messaging platforms: Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Twitter and (free) SMS. For more info and to apply for the project coordinator position, visit the UNICEF Jamaica blog here.

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Social Good

UNICEF Jamaica: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce for Mother’s Day

'Being the world's fastest woman was hard work. Being a mom will be more!' More from our Goodwill Ambassador Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce coming tomorrow on #MothersDay. 🥇👶🏾

Geplaatst door Unicef Jamaica op zaterdag 13 mei 2017

For UNICEF I recently got the opportunity to interview Shelly-Ann for Mother’s Day since she’s Jamaica’s Goodwill Ambassador but now of course, also an expectant mom. The Pocket Rocket in real life is exactly as you would expect: laser focused, unfussy and just nice. Here’s the post on the UNICEF blog: As a mother I can do more for Jamaican children – Shelly-Ann

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Social Good, Social Media

Facebook helps Jamaica’s search for missing children

Ten per cent of missing children are yet to return home. To help get us closer to 100, Facebook and the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) have combined efforts and unveiled an update to their Ananda Alert system; hoping to use local users’ Facebook News Feed to highlight extreme cases, such as child abductions. An encouraging example of organisations collaborating to protect children, credit is due to Hear the Children Cry, International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, OCR and Facebook.

Jacqueline Charles from The Miami Herald who covered the event and used @UNICEFJamaica’s tweets in her article. You can also read this blog I wrote for UNICEF about the challenges faced getting people to one, file missing children reports; and two, inform police when they are found. Sadly, in this selfie-loving age many parents simply do not provide a photograph to help identify their own children.

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Social Good

Youths are alright, but the adults…

Getting absent children back to school

“They said how could Roshane get higher marks than us!?” How one student bounced back after missing months of school: https://blogs.unicef.org/jamaica/winning-west-sustainable-innovations-get-children-back-school/

Geplaatst door Unicef Jamaica op vrijdag 16 december 2016

Late last year, the UNICEF team drove to Chester Castle in Hanover to shoot a video about a small but successful partner project getting absentee kids back-in-school. We were there a couple of hours when Roshane Thomas, this businesslike 12-year-old walked up to introduce himself, and like that everyone realised we had the story right there.

Today on his 13th birthday, people have watched his video 950,000+ times; he just got 100 per cent in maths (when previously he was going to school once a month) and he has this wisdom to share with his peers and their parents.

It’s too easy to write off today’s youth as wutless, yet when you work with them you realise that not only is that belief a reflection of us; but that we have just as much to learn from them as we think we have to teach them.

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Social Good

UNICEF Blog: Pick-Ni Cherry artist takes on dark secret of child sexual abuse

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Just published an interview I did with young author-illustrator-artist Kerron Clarke on the UNICEF Jamaica blog, about her illustrated novel Pick-Ni Cherry. The as-yet-unpublished novel is Kerron’s very personal attempt to warn children, families and society about sexual abuse happening within the home.

Herself a survivor of abuse, Kerron tells the story in a child’s voice, attempting to put us in the shoes of the most vulnerable and abused members of society. More than 1 in 5 Jamaican girls report forced sex. In many cases, the perpetrators aren’t strangers lurking in the dark. They are family members who are trusted and unsuspected.

Read the full interview here.

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