Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean, but only has two cities – the capital city Kingston, located on the south coast and Montego Bay, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean, located on the north coast. Although famous for its idyllic scenery and beaches, sadly violent crime, gangs, drug trafficking, and poverty also pose significant challenges to family life in Jamaica today.
Mothers' Union started in Jamaica in 1897 and has grown to a total of more than 3,200 members now. Mothers’ Union of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands continue to reach out to and support families through various outreach programmes including:
Education scholarships for young people
Worldwide Parenting Programme
Supporting families affected by HIV/AIDs
Youth counselling hotline
Meals on wheels for the homeless
Support the St Christopher’s School for the Deaf
16 days of activism against gender based violence
Support those living in a local mental health facility
In 2018 Mothers’ Union in Jamaica are looking forward to expanding their parenting work.
Community Development Coordinators (CDC’s) are professionally trained community development staff, employed by local Mothers’ Union’s to help and support members as they engage with their churches and wider community.