These young, twenty something, men were the inital inspiration for this project. They rent surf boards, and teach surfing lessons at Boston Beach. I was excited to witness them have a couple of people up in the surf on their first day surfing. As someone who grew up as a California kid, but didn't learn to surf until adulthood, by myself, the hard way, in very challenging surf, it warms my heart to see anyone having the pleasure of being up on a board as a beginner.
The young men of the Boston Surf Club, are not only a part of the Jamaican Surf team, (who knew Jamaica had a surf team?,) they are the beach guardians. They pick up the trash and leaves on the beach, providing that pristine look for both local and international tourists. They will also take you snorkeling, or even on a tour to Reach Falls. Watching their entrepreneurial spirit in action is what led me to the Think Globally, Act Globally global alliance, concept.
I don't expect anyone to choose to come to Jamaica to learn to surf. I do believe travellers who are already coming to Jamaica, and researching online, may choose to come to beautiful Boston Beach, where they can also learn to surf.
Danny Culture is an acoustic reggae artist. He claims to be the original visionary and introducing producer for the reggae video Reggae in the Ruff. It is a documentary about the acoustic reggae artists in the hills of Portland. He also says he received no credit or compensation from the American videographer who shot and sold the film. It wouldn't be the first time that a person of privielge has used that privilege to take full credit, and economic reward, for the creative work of others less privielged.
Fortunately, Danny is also a farmer. He grows native coconuts, plantain, grapefruit, lemon, soursop, and breadfruit in Portland near Reach Falls. He has five acres in this beautiful part of Portland Parish, and he would love to find eco-tourists interested in a working vacation that could help him develop the property into an eco-tourist vacation farm. People with skills in the trades, permaculture, marketing eco-tourism are highly sought by Danny to develop this vision with him.
I haven't heard the other side of the story about Reggae in the Ruff. However, based on Danny's version, and the fact that he is continuing to farm, I think Danny is the recipient who could most use a website to share his story and vision with the world. I am happy to support Jamaican's farming, because Jamaica has become so dependent on even food imports. I have no doubt that this is a significant part of the poverty problems faced by the country. A country that can feed itself will always be a healthier country with a better quality of life for those least well off in the soci-economic structure of the country. I'd love to see Danny turn his farm, with help, into an eco-tourist's haven where they can not only meet and work with locals, but eat food that they've helped to cultivate, or harvest.
These are the members of our team whose commitment to Social Justice and assisting Rural Jamaican Entrepreneurs led them to take action to assist us in raising the funds to make our vision a reality. We are deeply indebted to them for creating the opportunity to make creating these websites a timely reality. Our Patron Visionaries, not only supported us, but made a contribution of generous proportions.
We're raising $3,900 in our campaign. We have budgeted $500 per website for photos, video, domain name registration, hosting, design, and implementation. We're volunteering our time for training entrepreneurs on blogging and basic website maintenance. Our intention is that the sites incur no cost for the recipients for at least 5 years. For those who have done the math, we have to allocate over a third of the campaign funds for taxes, crowd funding processing fees, and pledge rewards.
Here's how you can help make this campaing a success. Share our URL, http://thinkgloballyactglobally.ga with your online communities, like Twitter, Facebook, and social justice interested mailing lists. Contribute to our Indiegogo campaign on Tuesday October 14th. Even a $5 donation will be greatly appreciated. We are excited to reach our goal through a large number of smaller donations so that we all experience how much the network of personal relationships can have impact anywhere in the world.
"It is only as we develop others that we permanently succed."
— Harvey S. Firestone