Tell us about the community that you engage? eg. economic conditions, political structures, norms and values, demographic trends, history, and experience with engagement efforts.
The communities that will be targeted are low income communities located in inner city and rural areas around Montego Bay. These communities suffer from deficiencies in basic social amenities, low levels of literacy, inadequate social support networks, higher incidences of violence and negative social stigmas. Statistics suggest that the largest portion of the population in these communities are in the 15-21 age group, with a relatively even distribution between the genders. Individuals living in these communities are generally affected by the systemic issue, social inequality. A issue that continue to restrict the human and social development of the nation. Interaction with these communities reveal that the public opinion is;
- traditional avenues of development are unsustainable and uncertain as too many individuals are competing for the same positions and resources.
- Access to or knowledge of opportunities and benefits from vocations like sports is lacking
Understanding the systemic issues that affect these communities while having regular dialog with them will help us monitor and adjust our programs to ensure a far reaching and sustainable impact.
Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project
The Founders of the company and project are University graduates greatly impacted by the life experiences they had been privy to. These include opportunities to travel to other nations, become involved in school and community teams and interact with individuals of varied walks and strata of life. This rich experience helped us develop and provided us with numerous experiences for growth and development. This helped identify one of the major problems plaguing attempts for human and social advancement, social inequality. Many talented individuals don’t explore their potential due to the lack of facilities and facilitators enabling the development of these individuals. In order for any nation to achieve any of the United Nations Millennium Goals such squander of social capital and resources must stop. As such Jamii Exposure seeks to lessen this inequality by providing life experiences and skills to under served communities giving them more tools and avenues through which to develop.