Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Wa' Gwan good people and GreatShapers! I am so please that our group is coming together and really looking forward to the time that we are all going to be spending in JA later this year.
I am going to be working on the project state-side from now until mid. October, and then will be on my way to Jamaica.
The time to donate is *NOW* As my friends and family know, I have to raise around $1200 total to cover my project fee and expenses. Such being the case you will get donation reminders frequently because I love you and I know how much you love to help!
I have posted more info on this amazing project, and of course there is a link below to donate via PayPal
|Great Shape! Inc.|
Great Shape! Inc. is service in action. In Jamaica, we facilitate a humanitarian dental project, a literacy empowerment program, and an eye-care vision project. The Sandals Foundation and Jamaican Ministries of Health and Education are our lead partners.
1000 Smiles... and Counting!
the world's largest, international, humanitarian dental project!
The Problem: in rural Jamaica, there is just one dentist for every 100,000 people!
The Solution: Great Shape! Inc.'s 1000 Smiles.
2009 estimates are in: Over six weeks, more than 200 volunteers served about 4,500 people in temporary dental clinics. The dental education teams served about 15,000 children in the local schools. As they do each fall, teams serve in rural areas of Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and Negril. Volunteers provide free dental care and dental hygeine education, including cleanings, extractions, sealants, tooth brushes and paste.Crews come from around the world; in 2009 folks even proudly represented Jamaica, Africa and Norway. Thanks to you all!
SuperKids Literacy Project
Skills to read... Power to lead
The Problem: the schools that partner with Great Shape! Inc. report a 40% literacy rate.
The Solution: Great Shape's SuperKids
2009 Rocked! About 70 volunteers from across the U.S., Canada, and Jamaica served about 16,000 children in the rural schools around Ocho Rios. Volunteers improve literacy through a curriculum and resources in reading, computers, art, music and sports. Teams partnered with teachrs in seven different schools, while a total of eleven schools received books and computer labs. We love our volunteers!
iCare Vision Project
Seeing is Believing
The Problem: in Western Jamaica, there are NO public health eye care providers
The Solution: Great Shape's iCare program
Great Shape! Inc., in partnership with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity - Northwest, wrapped up its pilot vision project, iCare, in 2009. Teams facilitated the project in Western Jamaica where the cost of a pair of glasses is over a month's pay for the average Jamaican. Over four days, twenty-two iCare volunteers provided 1850 eye exams, 125 surgery referrals, and over 2300 pairs of eyeglasses and sunglasses.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
It's a new year, and the new dates have been announced for the 2010 GreatShape! Inc. projects. All ov my friends know that I am involved with the 1000 Smiles portion of the program, but there are other areas of the communities that we serve that involve eye care, literacy, and school based computer programs. Here is a little info on the SuperKids Literacy Program: