1. Jamaica Dream in Progress

    On 7 December 2008, Jordan Frazier interviewed Donald Ellis. Mr. Frazier is twenty-something and Mr. Ellis is 90-something. They exchanged information and opinions for nearly 3 hours. Jordan learned a great deal about the history of Ewarton and Donald had an attentive audience. They exchanged information and laughed at their different experiences. So what? Challenged from birth, Jordan was one of those special children suffering from the low expectations of surrounding adults. Until Step Up ...

  2. Jamaica Miss Thompson and Mrs. Gordon

    Sonia Thompson and Mrs. Gordon are associates. They are similar in that they both shoulder tremendous burdens. They lean on one another in times of need. They are central in a successful, unofficial community support system. This is a long term, mutually beneficial friendship; one of many I observed while working in Ewarton.  

  3. Jamaica Mother's Day in the Bush

    Making cards for Mother’s Day was new for the Sims Lane Children. The project drew a crowd of ten. They shared ideas, materials and a very small work space. Although different in every other way, all of the cards shared this greeting:  “Thank you, Mom, for the nine months you carried me.” This expression of gratitude with a pre-birth rather than a childhood emphasis was new for me.  

  4. Jamaica Impressed with Our President

    My House Mother in Ewarton, Pearl Harrison, surprised me one morning when she knocked on my door wearing her salute to President Obama. She was thrilled with his victory so a friend visiting the US sent her this teeshirt. I know for a fact that she was glued to her internet access on election night.

  5. Jamaica Everyone is Welcome

    Buru's dog PuPup is nursing her brood. Look closely and you'll see that the puppy on the right is a kitten. Buru raised PuPup himself and carefully watched her nutrition while she was pregnant. He did such a good job of caring for her that she found it completely natural to care for the orphaned kitten.

  6. St. Kitts and Nevis DWC Primary School Student

    My first day at the Dr. William Connor Primary School, and I am confronted with the reality that students do not have common classroom objects, like pencils and paper, textbooks, or even garbage cans for each room. 

  7. St. Kitts and Nevis 50th Anniversary Celebration in St. Kitts & Nevis

    Peace Corps celebrates 50 years in the Eastern Caribbean (1961-2011) on June 3rd in Independence Square, Basseterre, St. Kitts. 16 volunteers took part in the festivities, and hosted hundreds of students, co-workers, host country nationals, and tourists to activities, games, and info kiosks about the global mission of the Peace Corps and its history in the Eastern Caribbean.

  8. St. Vincent and the Grenadines Mythbusters: HIV/AIDS

    Facilitated by PCV Sheena Williams in St. Vincent, a group of 70+ fourth graders participate in a game which separates myths from facts about HIV/AIDS. The Caribbean region has the highest HIV/AIDS rate in the world, next to Subsaharan Africa.

  9. St. Vincent and the Grenadines Nyron's Laundry

    Nyron helps his mother and grandmother with the laundry one afternoon.

  10. St. Vincent and the Grenadines Child's Play

    As Tia smiled for the camera, the scene in the background reflects a predominant aspect of child-rearing in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Many children receive "licks" from parents and teachers as a result of misbehaving. Corporal punishment is widely practiced in schools with teachers pacing the classrooms, leather belt in hand. In this image, Bianca raises a hand to "Peek-a-boo" after having just been irritated by his teasing.

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“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.