What started out as a book club by family members and close friends has evolved into a program to provide educational resources and equipment to Jamaican primary schools.
Established in January 2010, Sisters in Motion discussed previously read books and shared ideas and personal experiences.
“We considered what we were doing to be a great way to start a dialogue, engage in spirited conversation and basically improve on our intellect,” said treasurer Hope Norman who lives in Montreal. “As time went by, we wanted to do something much bigger and more meaningful to benefit young children in Jamaica.”
The organization staged a successful car wash in the summer of 2010 and used the funds to purchase computer hardware and software and other educational resources for Geneva Primary School in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. They also presented two scholarships.
Last year, Sisters in Motion started a backpack fund to provide students with school material. Each pack cost about $70. The organization sent almost $1,000 worth of school supplies to Geneva and provided a scholarship and laptop computer to the winner.
In addition, Sisters in Motion is also reaching out to Mountainview Primary School.
“There are needs back in the land of our birth when it comes to providing young people with the tools to get an education,” said Norman. “That’s our platform and where we know we can make a real difference in young people’s lives.”
The other Sisters in Motion executive board members are Nicole Wright (president), Simone Campbell (vice-president), Tracey Vassell (marketing & event coordinator) and Latoya Vassell and Jacqueline McKenzie (research & education).
Individuals interested in making donations or receiving more information about the organization can do so through firstname.lastname@example.org.
BY RON FANFAIR