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The Island of Jamaica is often known for its beautiful beaches and prosperous tourism industry. Hurricane Dean on August 7, 2007,had a devasting effect on te country. The Jamaicans immediately began rebuilding the tourist industry.

There is a dark side of paradise, though, not often seen by outsiders.

The average wage for workers is about $40 (American) per week. Those fortunate enough to get college educations can earn s much as $100 per week. This is still poverty wages.

Tourism is a major industry. This is a profitable enterprise. It benefits the developers. The local residents and workers benefit very little. A poverty cycle develops. Little opportunity exists for the average wage earner to break free from it.

Few government services exist. This is particularly true for the impoverished.

Many reasons can be given for this. A significant factor, however, is the Constitution. The Constitution requires that all government debts be met.

Consequently, 70% of the government revenues go to the repayment of government debt.

Support of citizens is left wanting. The bottom line is that little funding is available to support local community development.


Enter the ReGenesis Jamaican Project. Not as a criticism of the government, as you will soon see. First, it determined on what someone might do. So it developed its


To develop a cooperative ministry
• with the Jamaican government
• local communities, and
• local businesses
to provide community centers in the more impoverished areas of the country.

These community centers could provide
• a community gathering place
• job training and certification facilities
• facilities for after-school programs
• feeding programs
• libraries
• computer labs; and
• recreational areas
with a focus on meeting the needs of the children and youth.

What a task it would be to fulfill this purpose!

Yet, such a program was sorely needed.

A tour of the region around Negril provided a startling social condition. This region is where the project initially will focus. The tour revealed a visual witness to the disparity between the haves and the have-nots.

On one side are the exclusive resorts. There are places like Beaches and Sandals, and Grand Lido. They keep their rich clientele “protected” within the confines of a seductive environment.

On the other side are the average wage earners. They live in shacks, take motorcycle taxis and over-crowded buses to underpaying jobs. They scrounge sufficient food to support their families.

As noted, schools are over-crowded, under-funded, and technically limited. Libraries are a desperate need. Computer access is a desperate need. After-school programs and feeding centers are a desperate need. Without such support the cycle will continue once again with the new generation.