Association of Business Persons / Unite Jamaica People strives to be a beacon of change for the Jamaican Society by positively impacting the mindset of all individuals. The initiative officially received charity status in 2016 and is located at 3 Studio One Boulevard Kingston 5.
ABO was initiated in response to the need for businesses benefitting from society to “give back” to the abject poor in a bid to help alleviate suffering and poverty.
With the social issue of poverty being one of the major causes for concern in some communities, it is indeed a breath of fresh air and a welcomed move by the organization which continues to champion the poor and downtrodden in the fight against poverty.
Unite Jamaica People have made an indelible mark in various communities across the island. Rendering assistance to schools such as Hatfield Basic school with their renovation project, providing back-to-school assistance for students in parishes such as St. Thomas, Portland, St. Mary, and Kingston and St. Andrew.
Some of the interventions which have been incorporated under their charitable portfolio are monthly dental programmes, donation of care packages to needy families, health fairs for the homeless. Another useful intervention for the poor is by way of accessing referrals or recommendations given so that the needs of the family can be identified and fulfilled.
The team, on the weekend, ventured out to 12 Miles Bull Bay to meet Maggie-Lyn Carter and her son Kenneth Jones aka ‘Son-Son’ to deliver much needed supplies to the family. The packages would have been delivered right on time as ‘Son-Son’ celebrated his birthday on January 13th.
Courtnie Webster, AOB’s Project Coordinator, says “we are constantly advocating and soliciting support for a National Empowerment Shelter Transformation(NEST) Programme, that will provide accommodation and occupation for our target beneficiaries.”
Ms. Webster further stated that they aim to get as many businesses involved through networking in a bid to join forces in giving back and aiding families across the length and breadth of the island.
By: Juliane Robinson