The Rochester Jamaican Organization, Inc. was formed to provide an association that will make available to Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica a network that will provide access to resources that will positively impact social conditions of Jamaicans in Jamaica and Rochester, NY.
WelcomeOn behalf of the Executive Board, Advisory Council and members of the Rochester Jamaican Organization, Inc., please accept my warmest welcome. As members of the Jamaican Diaspora we stand committed to serving our community (both in Jamaica and Rochester, NY), the pillar upon which the Rochester Jamaican Organization, Inc. was founded. The organization is committed to its charge of perpetuating the Jamaican heritage in the Rochester community while facilitating assimilation into the American society; and improving the living and educational conditions of the underprivileged in Jamaica. This is only possible with your help. As we embark on these goals, personal responsibility remains a key factor; but the collective wisdom of this organization and our country will propel us to the overall community and national development to which we aspire. Once again, welcome.
Joel Frater, Ed.D
Beneficiary of RJO's 8th Annual Independence Gala SelectedThe Rochester Jamaican Organization, Inc., (RJO) is pleased to select the Theodora Project as the 2014 beneficiary of the 8th Annual Independence Gala celebrating Jamaica's 52nd independence. Over the years, RJO has supported charitable projects in Jamaica such as the Rose Hill All Age School (Jamaica), partnered with Gates Presbyterian Church in the building of a Basic School in Green Island (Jamaica), provided financial assistance for a student at the Edna Manley School of Performance (Jamaica), as well as annually supporting a scholarship for a Rochester-area college student.
The Theodora Project, an outreach program of the United Church of Negril, was established in 2004 in response to the problem of human-trafficking, focusing on Negril in Western Jamaica. It provides critical skills to sexually exploited and at-risk youth who have dropped out of the school system, allowing them to join the workforce. The project provides training in housekeeping, cosmetology, information technology, lifeguarding, as well as a special course in Remedial Mathematics and English. Counseling is also an integral component of the Theodora Project, as many students suffer from low self-esteem and a myriad of personal issues. The expanding tourist industry of the Jamaica is a ‘double edged sword'. On one hand it has resulted in economic stability in some sectors; but on the other, it has resulted in increased human and drug trafficking and other social problems-fuelled by growing poverty on other sectors. Young people become victims of this early in life. RJO and the church communities believe educational success equip young people with skills that enable them to make healthier choices.