Once more Our Boston Community Center was happy to host Ingrid’s mentoring group “Girls Becoming“. The wonderful girls had a blast to decorate one of the center walls with African community-strengthening symbols and didn’t even want to stop painting . With just a little bit of guidance, offered by Sassa and Nishan, they’ve done a beautiful job . Wouldn’t you agree?
Thanks to our many kind sponsors and donors (namely the German Embassy for Jamaica, PAVE, Goblin Hill , and the Lenfest Foundation)we were finally able to fix our badly leaking roof! A new day has dawn and we are blessed with a new roof at the BBCC community center. No more cleaning up puddles of water when it rains or having to worry about children's artwork or costumes, drums and more getting ruined by the mold or getting wet when it rains. Every mikkle mek a mukkle and we are so blessed and thank all those who helped!
We have reached the goal ! Thanks to international and national support we finally got the funds together and are ready to set the date to build the new roof for the Center. All began with the offer of a $7000 USD matching grant from PAVE, which inspired our fundraising video. Then friends from Australia, Canada, USA, Germany, France, Italy, and UK also donated. The GoBlin Hill family generously added $1000 USD and the last quarter of the needed sum was given by the German Embassy.
The German Consul came to honor us with his visit at the Community Center in April, 2022. He inspected the terrible state of our rotting, leaky roof first-hand before deciding to embark on such a project. We then met with persons from the community for a good lunch.
After mountains of tedious paperwork, our directors, Nicola 'Nishan' Mayer, Mr. Barclay and went to Kingston to sign the contract and receive the check from the German Embassy. Full of gratefulness we continue to put the pieces together now. And honestly we must commend Nishan for her stamina! And of course we must thank Mr. Barclay, Mr. Mayne, B.O.S.A.B.S. FBNBH, Niesha Brown and all our beautiful parents and children of the neighboring communities for their great support ! Together we are strong
The long planned “Herbal Pharmacy” Mural eventually came to life with the help of Emily - a professional muralist from Atlanta. With the assistance from our other volunteers coming from Germany., Denmark and Jamaica, the work was easy going and fun. We even had time to work together in preparing the garden. We had a lovely vibes and great time together .
Alessia is with us again! As an experienced and awarded drama writer and teacher, Alessia is bringing her amazing workshops from Rome, Italy to the little island of Jamaica. We are honored to host her and she say these are some of the most talented and spontaneous people she has ever met!
We've just successfully accomplished our 9-Week Skills Training. It was amazing to see how the inner-artist in all the participants came to life . During the skills training program, we learned how to turn waste into beautiful and marketable items and much more! We had loads of fun, every Monday to Thursday from 9 am until 3:30pm and often times, needed to be reminded a few times daily to pause our creativity for lunch break or when its time to wrap up in the evening. We had visitors who already wanted to buy our first show-pieces and got orders for masks, earrings, bracelets, sculptures and bowls. What are we going to do with our new skill? We will soon announce our open-studio days! If you want to become as passionate and learn about all that we can create, you can join our upcoming social for small-scale enterprise.
We are also preparing to host volunteers again to take care of babies and toddlers. We are very much looking forward to welcoming the mothers of small ones to join us!!!
Dressing up and disguising oneself and one another has always been the greatest fun for the BBCC children! Our volunteers worked up a sweat getting the backstage area prepared.
Passionate Drama Teachers are most welcome!
We all love our new spacious and neat kitchen for our very attractive Cooking and Baking Classes.
Teamwork makes the dream work and our Super Team of local and international Volunteers really got to work in restoring this broken down building into a modern, artistic and inviting kitchen! This was seriously a lot of work and took some days of painting, cleaning, making cabinets and shelves with our hands. But in the end it was all worth it, to see the smile on the children's faces and have a clean and open space to learn and prepare healthy, delicious cuisines!
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