posted July 21st
With our first week’s accommodation worked out, we continued with our drug-awareness programs in St James High School, Cornwall College & other institutions. Despite having arranged everything in advance, the degree of preparedness varied enormously, with some schools having a laptop, projector & sound system at the ready, while others were hopelessly disorganized & unable to provide one or more of the items. In some recent cases, we had to abandon the DVD part of our program & just make it a lecture, with questions & answers at the end.
Another interesting challenge was finding the next hotel to donate our second week of accommodation. Despite it being low season, this wasn’t easy as we found several hotels that were very happy to see us…..until we explained we were looking for a sponsored or complimentary stay. Then it turned out that all the rooms were being renovated, or that a big group was on its way.
In one case we found an obviously NOT full hotel & asked the owner if he could help. He explained that he would love to help but the decision was up to his 95 year old mother, as she was really the one in charge! We went up to meet her & explained our need, only to be told that the son was the one in charge. Finally the 2 of them counselled together & decided that the hotel was fully booked, ha!
We’re grateful to Sea Garden for being ‘cheerful givers’ in donating a week’s accommodation in their lovely hotel!
As all the schools in Jamaica officially closed for the summer holidays on July 5th we continued our outreach in children’s homes & vocational training centres…
next: travelling on to Negril