News from Grantees and Members November-December 2010



Capoeira Alafia is an NGO dedicated to empower and uplift young Jamaicans, especially from inner-city backgrounds. The Brazilian martial art, culture and dance of Capoeira is used as a tool for conflict resolution, while other non-traditional skills such as car tyre recycling and building with recycled materials inspire community transformation and provide an alternative income generating activity in the environment sector. 

EFJ provided support to the organization to help tackle solid waste problem in Jamaica by transforming used truck/car tires into retaining walls, swales and terraces and  to train young men in tyre recycling. The objective of the project is to dispose of 1000 used car and truck tyres by recycling them into eco walls. The project is a notable mix of environmental activities while catering to adolescents at risk in use of the Capoeira martial arts activity. 


Best Community Competition 2010

Beeston Spring, Westmoreland home of EFJ grantee Beeston Spring Community Development Committee was the recipient of the 2010 Better Environments for Social Transformation (BEST) Community in Jamaica award at this years National Best Community Foundation Award Ceremony. The Competition encourages local governance and sustainable community development through relevant programmes and self-help initiatives. Beeston Spring received more than J$2million in cash and prizes geared towards further developing the community.


Jambos Pond Community Water Supply Project

Glengoffe Community Development Committee Benevolents Society (CDCBS) has received an EFJ grant valued at J$1,760,000.00 to provide potable water to the Jambos Pond community of 500 persons in the parish of St. Catherine. Glengoffe CDCBS and the efforts they have made were detailed in this Jamaica Gleaner article.


School for Therapy Education and Training

EFJ grantee STEP, who provides development therapy programmes to 20 children with disabilities enrolled at the school as well as direct intervention for children throughout the island, was featured in the Jamaica Observer article outlining their need for a larger facility. See here for details.