'This is one tough town.. with hard stories. Kingston has the highest murder rate in a city on earth. The Government is broke and corruption rife-that's the norm- so empowering the youth and caring for the elderly has always been my mission'.
(Father Albert in Kingston, Jamaica Feb18, 2013)
Over the past 35 years, the St. Patricks foundation has opened of four large community 'Human resource' centers in Kingston. A caring staff have helped thousands of children and 'un-wanted' elderly live in a place of refuge to learn and rest.
Father Albert has set up 3 'skill source learning centers' that includes free schooling for the children pictured here. There is also a live-in clinic, also run by the foundation, that cares for the 'un-wanted elderly' and gives care and shelter for 50 patients.
'92% of the children in Jamaica are born to un- married parents so neglect and lack of good parental direction is a serious problem'..says Father Albert as we drive into another dusty Kingston neighborhood.
Jamaica is a country of raw contrasts. 150 miles long and 46 miles wide with a population of about 3 million. I spent a few days with Father Albert who showed me the work of The St. Patricks Foundation which he set up 35 years to help provide skills and care in some of the hardest, most impoverished communities.
I then spent a few days exploring the more remote Island communities..
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