Jamaica is an island nation in the West Indies; it is located south of Cuba in the Caribbean Sea. Jamaica is mostly mountainous with a narrow, discontinuous coastal plain.
The official language of Jamaica is English, although most Jamaicans speak a Creole patois. Protestants make up 61.3% of Jamaica's population. The Roman Catholics claim 4% of the population. The remaining 34.7% is a mixture, including some spiritual cults.
Jamaica gained full independence within the British Commonwealth in 1962. Some of the challenges Jamaica faces are a heavy rate of deforestation, pollution of their coastal waters, and damage to their coral reefs. Unfortunately, Jamaica has become a major transshipment point for cocaine from South America to North America and Europe. Deteriorating economic conditions since the 1970's have led to recurrent violence and a drop-off in tourism.
Children of Promise in Jamaica
Homelessness, street life, and difficult family conditions have placed many young girls in hopeless situations. Women of the Church of God in Jamaica has opened the Church of God Girls' Home in an effort to meet their needs. Children of Promise donors help to provide a home for these young girls, where they receive food, residential care, and a loving environment in which to grow and develop physically and spiritually.
Girls posing outside the Girl's Home where they live.