Saturday, January 07, 2012

My Partnering Organization

The slogan of the St. Ann PAA is "HIV/AID is everybody's business! Be a source of sustainable change!"
Just a little more about the organization that I am working closely with, the St Ann Parish AIDS Association (St Ann PAA).   Jamaica is divided into 14 parishes and Saint Ann is one of them.  The AIDS Association is an all volunteer organization.  The logo is pictured above.  Some of the things the organization does is outreach, intervention, advocacy, counseling and grants.  Last week was an exciting week as the organization awarded 3 grants to people living with HIV. The grants are to assist PLHIV in creating creating a sustainable source of income. Specifically the 3 grants were for a landscape business, a snack shop, and poultry rearing.  Currently they are organizing a Community Fair for January 21st with over 25 community groups and businesses representing their organization.

 The St. Ann PAA has some exciting projects on the horizon.  The organization has received funds to open a resource center and a cyber cafe.  I will be assisting in the set up of the cyber cafe and the resource center.  Currently  I am working on a website for the organization and will soon share that with you all. The sponsors of these projects are the National AIDS Committee, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and Peace Corps.

Pray that the Lord, our Strong Helper, will move us ahead with great Joy and Strength for his Glory.

4 comments:

KG said...

Congratulations on the St. Ann PAA influx of funds! I'm sure it's pretty exciting to be involved in the setup of the cyber cafe & resource center. Frustrations abound, but it's great that progress is still happening.

Phil Edwards said...

Hi, Laura, I am praying for your team and the impactful work in Jamacia. And I pray the Lord's grace, favor, and strength in all of your efforts and endeavors.

Laura said...

thank you phil and kesha for your encouragement and prayers!

KG said...

:-) Hugs!