In describing poverty in Jamaica, DFID (the Department for International
Development) wrote that “the poor tend to have low level of educational attainment, and are often
unemployed; (that) poverty disproportionately affects the young; (that) half of those living in poverty are
children; and the mean age of those in poverty is 22.4 years; (that) urban
poverty is linked to crime, violence and garrisoned communities; (and
that) inner city dwellers are often stigmatised and excluded from employment and access to
public goods”. (Country Assistance Plan October 2005).
ABA (ABAPDC Ltd) knows only too well the
above assertions. Our concern is the vulnerable and at-risk situations the
young are in even when in-care.
The reality is that better life chances for many children
rest on the possibility of experiencing sheltered but substitute
family experience; and for the majority of the at-risk poor young people it rests on ongoing support within the community as well as on the
possibility of being constructively active even when unemployed.
For these reasons ABA
fundraises to enable its local Jamaican implementation group, “Aiding 3-D
Youths” to make links with a variety of community-based
organisations to enable the kind of support and financial assistance that
encourages alternatives to lives to idleness, crime and violence. To those
exasperated with news of crime and violence in Jamaica,
we invite you to join and support us in making tangible differences to the
youths of Jamaica.
Richards-Mayo PhD, the daughter and niece of two alumni, Victor and John
Richards. Sandy received her doctorate in 2006
at Claremont Graduate University, California, for her work on “educational and
vocational training in Jamaica's
youth homes”, focusing particularly on the Alpha Boys' School and Home.
She involved scores of alumni of “Alpha” in and during her studies, making
her work to date fairly unique. ABAPDC is proud of Sandy and her work – and so we say “nuff respect” to you and your family, Sandy!
read about Sandy’s
work and her charitable initiative, the Mangotree
Foundation, click here.
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ABAPDC Ltd is a UK-based registered charity
aiming to assist vulnerable children and youths at risk within the Caribbean,
particularly in Jamaica.
Membership consists primarily of alumni, their
relatives and friends. ABA
understandably welcomes the active support in assisting the vulnerable,
social disadvantaged, disaffected or disabled young people – particularly
past staff of the Alpha schools and those sympathetic with our aim. From
experience we know such children and youths are usually estranged from badly
needed family life; and that in the absence of ongoing
support in preparation for life in the community, they are prone to
succumbing to lives of abuse, crime, “hustling” and even violence.
“Alpha Cottage” (and
later Boys & Girls
schools) embodies the interplay between childhood struggles, the dedication
of a religious order of nuns, and the will to achieve by this family of boys and girls over a period of 125
years: with many becoming renown for their talents and personal
positive impacts on the lives of others.
Founded and run by the Sisters of Mercy, “Alpha” has
a unique story to tell, somewhat mirroring the story of the struggles of Jamaica
itself. ABAPDC’s mission is to enable and add to the success of that
story for Alpha and Jamaica.
You are invited to be a part of this
Association through actively supporting and sharing in our work.
open to all who are aware of Alpha, and want to be an active part of this
wider “institute” of ongoing care. Just choose to
be a Full, an Associate or an UK
Overseas member by clicking here.