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Jamaica National Building Society Foundation NEWSLETTER July 2013

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Support for Jamaican Charities provides window to raise funds For the first time Jamaican community groups and charities will be able to raise funds for projects from contributors anywhere in the world using the Englishspeaking Caribbean’s first locally owned and operated crowd-funding website, The site, established through a partnership between the country’s leading microfinance company, JN Small

Saffrey Brown, General Manager, JN Foundation, shows Nathaniel Peat, a UKbased entrepreneur and member of the Jamaica Diaspora in the United Kingdom, how to use at the 2013 Diaspora Conference held in St. James in June.

Business Loans Limited and the JN Foundation, went “live” on the weekend (Saturday, July 6) allowing people anywhere in the world to donate to developmental projects featured on the site. A second phase, which allows people anywhere to lend funds to local micro entrepreneurs, will be ready in September. IN THIS ISSUE Saffrey Brown, 1 General Manager, JN SEBI well received 2 Foundation says Hurricane Relief 3 creates a platform for Act!on Jamaica News 4 Jamaica to develop solid JAA Junior Clubs Launch 5 partnerships beyond The Act Behind the Act!on 6 diplomatic ties to assist the nation with achieving its developmental targets. ...continued on page 2

Support for Jamaican Charities

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“This is not a new entrepreneurs, will be approach to funding,” she uploaded to the site. Persons says, “but it is taking an idea who sign up to I Support that has been working for Jamaica, will be able to use a many countries around the credit card to donate or lend world, including Haiti and money depending on whether parts of Latin America, and they desire to contribute to a transforming it into something local project or provide a which is uniquely Jamaican loan for an entrepreneur. and designed to support our Underscoring that JNSBL is a aspirations and development social enterprise which goals under the Vision 2030 upholds the mutuality concept plan. It provides a means for framing the work of its parent our Jamaicans abroad and organisation, the Jamaica indeed anyone in the world to National Building Society, Screen shot of website partner with Jamaica and Philip Bernard, General assist a project or entrepreneur when that phase is Manager of JNSBL said emphasises launched,” Ms. Brown said. JNSBL’s “mandate to promote the development of the She explained that projects featured on the site will be micro and small business sector, through access to financial selected through an application process, where local nonservices, and by extension, the Jamaican economy.” governmental organisations and groups complete an “What many of our communities and our people need Expression of Interest form and submit to the Foundation is the access and the opportunity, as well as the for assessment. Persons and organisations may access the understanding that there are people in our country and in forms by emailing and a form the world who believe in their hopes and aspirations and will be sent to them for completion. will support them. This website facilitates that concept and Ms. Brown said profiles, which will also include we believe it will assist to address the constraints to growth information that describes the charitable projects and the of our communities and micro entrepreneurs.”

SEBI well received The Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI), is to receive investment funding of US$1 million ($100 million) over three years, with the USAID providing the majority of the funds as part of a co-operative agreement between the international agency and JN Foundation. The investment will be used to lay the foundation and create an infrastructure for the ongoing support of local social enterprises, aimed at increasing employment, investment and

(L-R) Dr. Kadamawe K’nife, Office of Social Entrepreneurship; Karen Hillard, Mission Director, USAID and Jennifer Sharrier and Saffrey Brown, JNBS Foundation share thoughts at the SEBI Launch.

revenue within communities across Jamaica. In speaking at the recent launch of SEBI at The Jamaica Pegasus, Denise Herbol, Mission Director of USAID/ Jamaica, said the partnership between JN Foundation and USAID was part of the international agency's Development Grants Programme. "We must embrace new models of development that tap into the expertise, resources and innovations of a diverse array of organisations across the public, private and non-profit sectors in order to identify the most advantageous solutions to solving local development challenges," she said. Businesses owned by NGOs and community-based organisations, for example - which are directly involved in the production and/or selling of goods and services for income generation and social, and environmental development — stand to be empowered by SEBI. Also speaking at the launch, Jennifer Sharrier, Project Manager for

(L-R) Parris Lyew-Ayee, Director, JNBS Foundation; Dr. Kadamawe K’nife, Office of Social Entrepreneurship; Brando Hayden, Assistant General Manager, JNBS and State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams exchange ideas at the SEBI Launch.

SEBI said 90 organisations responded to the initiative's 'Call for Applications' to benefit from the business development support which SEBI will be offering social enterprises. Selected applicants will be incorporated in the business clinic, where they will have access to business professionals, technical support and ongoing training.

St. Mary and Portland Get Hurricane Relief Equipment The JN Foundation handed out several million dollars of equipment and hurricane relief supplies to institutions in the parishes of St. Mary and Portland on Thursday, May 30. This is to make good on pledges of assistance made by Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), General Manager Earl Jarrett, to the public forums held in the wake of Hurricane Sandy last year October. The JN Foundation is the philanthropic arm of JNBS. “The delivery of these supplies and equipment is timely given that the hurricane season will start on June 1,” said Saffrey Brown, General Manager of the JN Foundation. “We are happy to be handing over such critical equipment and supplies, which we know will have a meaningful impact on the communities that were affected.” In St. Mary, the Port Maria Hospital received a Vital Sign Monitor; the Port Maria Primary School received dozens of desks and chairs, while the Port Maria Fire Station was presented with water pumps, chain saw and a projector for training. The Port Antonio Fire Station received similar equipment to that in St. Mary. Among other institutions receiving equipment were the St. Mary Chamber of commerce, the Emmanuel United Church, and the Annotto Bay Police station. The supplies and equipment were handed over at the Port Maria Primary School in St. Mary and at the JNBS Port Antonio Branch in Portland. Late last year, St. Mary and Portland were severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy. In the aftermath, JNBS initiated a series of meetings between parish residents and teams from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, the Jamaica Public Service Company, National Water Commission and other state bodies involved in disaster response activities.

The JN Foundation General Manager said the supplies were distributed through the JNBS’ Member Advisory Councils, which are comprised of JNBS Members

and staff, who identify the projects within their communities which they feel will have the greatest impact on development.


Medical Mission

NEWS Act!on Jamaica volunteers continue their mission to positively impact the Jamaica landscape as they participated in several activities throughout the month of June. More than 30 volunteers participated in special community initiatives including a Medical Mission supported by JNBS, where volunteers assisted medical students from the USA who visited several communities offering medical services to residents. 

Eye Light Optical’s Health Fair

Volunteers also served as marshals for UWI Township Basic Schools Athletic Championship, and Eye Light Optical’s Health Fair held on July 12 and 14th respectively.

UWI Township Basic Schools Athletic Championship

GET INVOLVED! To become a member of Act!on Jamaica Volunteer Corps, visit our website at and click on “Calling All Jamaicans at Home and Abroad” to apply!

JAA Junior Clubs launched to introduce Road Safety to Students The Jamaica Automobile Association (JAA), in its effort to raise awareness about road safety and mobility issues among young people, launched the JAA Junior Club in School programme during a ceremony at the Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston, on Thursday, June 13. The JAA initiative will be implemented in concert with the Jamaica National Building Society Foundation, in collaboration with JN General Insurance (JNGI) Company Limited, The Ministry of Education, the FIA Foundation and the FIA Road Safety Grant Programme. Duane Ellis, General Manager of the JAA, said the JAA Junior Clubs will be initially established in 50 high schools across the island, which are located in close proximity to Crash Hot Spots identified by JNGI road safety signs. “We hope to involve students in promotion and advocacy initiatives for road safety and proper road use, with the hope that they will also adopt these principles in their individual use of the roads, whether as pedestrians or motorists,” he noted. Mr. Ellis explained that, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), road crashes are the leading cause of death among young people aged 10–24 years, a troubling statistic that is of concern to road safety stakeholders in Jamaica. “Through the JAA Junior Club, we hope to reduce the number and frequency of road crashes and fatalities through improved road user behavior; as well as to increase the awareness of, and interest in mechanical related careers, and raise the level of enthusiasm and participation in the motor sports industry locally,” he maintained. The establishment of the JAA Junior Clubs also relates to the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety Campaign, which aims to reduce the global loss of life and

Earl Jarrett (front left), Chairman of the Jamaica Automobile Association (JAA) and General Manager of the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) and Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites (front right), Minister of Education, sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) as part of the official launch of the JAA Junior Clubs in School, at the Courtleigh Hotel, in New Kingston, on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Witnessing the signing are heads of the partnering organizations (back from L-R) Duane Ellis, General Manager of the JAA, Saffrey Brown, General Manager of the JNBS Foundation and Chris Hind, General Manager of the JN General Insurance (JNGI) Company Limited.

Nadine Molloy Young (right), Principal of the Ardenne High School speaks with Duane Ellis (center), General Manager of the Jamaica Automobile Association (JAA) and Earl Jarrett (right), Chairman of the JAA and General Manager of the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) following for the official launch of the JAA Junior Clubs in School, at the Courtleigh Hotel, in New Kingston, on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Ardenne High will be one of 50 High Schools across the island that will establish the clubs as part of a national effort to encourage students to be more actively involved in Road Safety Advocacy.

trauma associated by cutting road crashes in half, by 2020. The school-based clubs will be rolled out in participating educational institutions during the school year, starting in September 2013; and, members will be exposed to the practical and technical aspects

of road safety through mentorship from professionals. In addition, there will be presentations from road safety agencies, and students will be encouraged to carry out their own research and exploration.

Port Maria Hospital gets equipment worth $5m from JN Foundation The Port Maria Hospital has benefitted from the donation of a new autoclave and water softener from the Jamaica National Building Society

Foundation (JNBS Foundation). The equipment, valued at $5 million, will be used on the wards in the hospital,

Patrice Jones (seated left), Director of Finance, Port Maria Hospital and Jennifer Martin (seated right), Director, Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Foundation sign a grant agreement to finalise the donation of an autoclave and water softener to Port Maria Hospital in St. Mary. (Back: from left) Paul Fyffe, Deputy Mayor and Board Member, Port Maria Hospital; Dr. Isaac Brown, Parish Manager, St. Mary Health Services; and Saffrey Brown, General Manager, JNBS Foundation participate in the signing that took place at the hospital on Thursday June, 27.

as well as in the new operating theatre. Jennifer Martin, board director of the JN Foundation said the Foundation was delighted to be contributing the needed equipment to the hospital. "In keeping with the areas in which JN Foundation assists, one of which is rural regeneration, the Port Maria Hospital is certainly considered very worthy of assistance, so that it in turn can better serve the community in which it is located," she said. Martin added that the society had deep roots in St Mary in that several of the Building Societies in the parish were merged with JNBS, the last being the Savings and Loan Building Society, in Gayle. Althea Gardner, chief executive officer of the Port Maria Hospital said the institution welcomed the equipment. "We have been seeking assistance from non-governmental organisations; and, therefore, we appreciate the fact that JNBS Foundation came onboard to partner with us," she stated.

The ACT behind the ACT!ON... Each month we feature a member of the team or a key partner. This month we bring you a little on our eMedia Officer, Warren Gordon. In Warren’s words... eMedia represents a new age and dynamic means of creating a catalyst for change. Because of it's online nature one is able to widen communication channels thus reaching a wider demographic of persons who represent an individual need. Being in the business of philanthropy, this invaluable tool can be used to impact change both locally and internationally. It is my distinct pleasure to be the person in charge of bridging this divide between boundary, need and solution. The utilization of emedia can facilitate growth because as a result, business has taken on a completely different image and manner of operating. I have always had a vested interest in using the intricate nature of technology to make caring about mankind more attractive and simpler. JN Foundation represents a inclination and willingness to move with the times and find more efficient ways of being the change we want to see the world and it is my pleasure to be a part of that trend for good.

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