A Jamaican Project Teaches Independence and Survival, Two Simple Steps To Reducing Crime

Jun 3, 2014
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The Urban Farming Project Pilot

Have you lost hope that the growing crime problem in the Caribbean can be addressed?  There is a Jamaican project that could be part of the solution.  Remember the popular saying “Give a man a fish, and you have fed him once; teach him how to fish and you have fed him for a lifetime”.

The Urban Survivor: The Urban Farming Project Pilot in the Community of Seaview Gardens is a good example of how empowering people can make a positive change.

Seaview Gardens is a low income community located in Kingston Jamaica. For many youths in this community with no jobs or post high school education, criminal activities seem to be an attractive alternative.

The Urban Farming Project objective is to provide food security for participants. The project also provides youths in the community with an opportunity to become independent and learn survival skills.

As the saying goes “empty stomach and idle hands lead to trouble

We recognize that projects like these are often dismissed by many. Some view these types of projects as a hopeless attempt to reduce crime. Others believe that throwing money at the problem is a better solution. What do you think?

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