This project will seek to build four (4) classrooms to provide free education for children ages 3-35 who have witnessed their parents being brutally killed by gender-based violence and are turning to crime and violence for a living in the poorest areas in Jamaica. They will be engaged in live classes, meals will be provided and they will be taught life skills, positive youth development, psychoeducational, basic counseling to be empowered with self-care strategies to move on to higher pathways.
There are over 100,000 children in Jamaica that have been severely affected by gender-based violence due to the death of their parents and have turned to crime and violence as a way of surviving which has also been a shadow pandemic since the start of the pandemic according to the United Nations. Although the government and its partners are working assiduously to end gender-based violence, this project will impact and save more lives because we will be working directly and one-on-one with them
I-SEEED Youths will provide free classes, and meals, they will be taught life skills, positive youth development, psychoeducational, and basic counseling to be empowered with self-care strategies to effectively and efficiently take care of themselves after graduating from the program. They will also be empowered and trained in an area of their preference which will teach them how to be resilient in standing and defending their rights, that of their surrounding and the wider population.
This project will provide education for children annually and it will be sustainable in reducing the deaths from gender-based violence. It will also empower children and adults in the future who will break the barriers of gender-based violence and cultural and social norms which leads to the education of the nation which is why we are targeting the children who will be future adults. The project will also save the government monies which will be able to support this program based on the results.