Nearly 200 members of The Links, Incorporated returned to Montego Bay, Jamaica for the group’s third humanitarian trip, Global Linkage Initiative, to enhance the education, health and welfare of the nation’s schools and students that began in 2016. The group was on the island January 23-26, 2018.
The Links, Incorporated’s members and their families, a record number attendance in 2018, brought various school supplies and all the basic tools to share with students and their families to better their education.
Included in the donations were 160 Kindle Fire tablets to support youth technology interests and efforts. As in past years, led by the organization’s president, medical doctor Glenda Newell-Harris, The Links, Incorporated’s members visited the partner schools participating in the three-year project: St. Mary’s Preparatory, Mt. Zion Primary and Watford Hill Primary schools.
The visit focused on five program areas: technology presentations, anti-bullying training, arts, oral and physical hygiene, and CPR training for 4-6th graders.
Since their first trip in 2016, The Links has invested approximately one million dollars in the economy and devoted over 5,000 volunteer service hours at the end of the 2018 mission trip. The delegation’s ultimate goal is to make a sustainable impact and create lasting partnerships in communities of need throughout Jamaica.