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Experience Mission is a non-profit organization demonstrating God's love throughout the world by empowering communities, developing leaders through Immersion programs and internships, and mobilizing volunteers on short-term mission trips.

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At Eevah, we create beautiful jewelry with the desire to impact lives around the world. At the heart of our company is the passion to help children in under-resourced areas of the world.

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Human Rights
Modeled on Vietnam Vets Against the War, LEAP brings unquestionable credibility and first hand experience to its critique of our drug policies to wide audiences. Find out why Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow said, "Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a singular organization whose credibility and experience provide ...See More one of the strongest voices against the War on Drugs anywhere in the world." Show Less

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Kids Around the World is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to impacting the lives of kids with God’s transforming hope.
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Clean Water
Jamaicaâ's economy is highly independent on its tourism sector and the tourism sector is dependent on the islandâ's biodiversity.1 Thus, the effects of projected climate change have serious consequences for the island and its economy.2 The threat of climate change was recognized and addressed in the governmentâ's Vision 2030 Jamaica: National Development Plan and the adaptation plans have been outlined.3

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Jamaica News

Independent Online 
Jamaica is considered the sprint capital of the world following a decade of dominance at successive Olympics and World Championships, a success which belies the Caribbean nation's population of just 2.7 million. Sprinter Tyquendo Tracey attributes ... See more..
Jamaica Gleaner 
Agriculture Minister, Karl Samuda, says Jamaica is monitoring the situation surrounding the ban by the United States on the importation of fresh beef from Brazil arising from safety concerns. Yesterday, the US Department of Agriculture indicated that ... See more..
Jamaica Gleaner 
According to him, Jamaica has "ways to go" in successfully prosecuting people who could "serve as an example" that the Government is serious about corruption. "I would like to see some high-profile cases come to fruition.” Greg Christie, a former ... See more..
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Jamaica Observer 
Just a mere mention of the name George HoSang is enough for anyone involved in horse racing in Jamaica to stop, draw a breath, and remember the prowess of arguably the greatest jockey ever to grace the pigskin in Jamaica. HoSang is currently in the ... See more..
Jamaica Observer 
Lead Economist Philip Schuler, who spoke via video link from the bank's headquarters in Washington, DC, said the DPL series for Jamaica has been supporting a wide cross section of reforms, legislation, regulations, and procedures being embarked on by ... See more..
Jamaica Star Online 
My, how things have changed. When I was a child growing up in the country, Kingston was the place country people didn't want to be. Back then, Jamaica was much more peaceful than it is today. When I was five years old, there were 152 murders reported ... See more..
Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service 
With the Government's thrust towards economic growth, entrepreneurs should consider exploring the multimillion-dollar personal care industry. Research done by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) shows that from 2015 to 2016 more than 14 ... See more..
Jamaica Gleaner 
The Jamaican Folk Singers starts its most recent installation of its Uplift Jamaica all island tour this weekend - June 24 and 25 - with performances in Kingston. See more..
Queens Chronicle 
Lesa Ann Willie, owner of G's Restaurant and Bar in Rosedale, and her family have been serving up Jamaican delicacies first in Brooklyn and now in Queens for the last 30 years. Willie's grandfather was a butcher and grocer in Jamaica. Her mother ... See more..
Jamaica Star Online 
He fought to legalise ganja and he suffered the same form of brutality in Jamaica and now, years later, his son is suffering the same brutality here in the United States. We all have to get up, stand up and continue to fight for the rights that Peter ... See more..
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Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, south of Cuba

Total 10,991 sq km
Land 10,831 sq km
Water 160 sq km


tropical; hot, humid; temperate interior
Natural Resources

bauxite, gypsum, limestone ;
Natural Hazards

hurricanes (especially July to November)
Current Environmental Issues

heavy rates of deforestation; coastal waters polluted by industrial waste, sewage, and oil spills; damage to coral reefs; air pollution in Kingston from vehicle emissions


2,909,714 (July 2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups


The Jamaican economy is heavily dependent on services, which accounted for more than 60% of GDP at the end of 2011. The country continues to derive most of its foreign exchange from tourism, remittances, and bauxite/alumina. Remittances account for nearly 15% of GDP and exports of bauxite and alumina make up roughly 5%. The bauxite/alumina sector was most affected by the global downturn while the tourism industry was resilient. Tourism revenues account for roughly 5% of GDP in 2011. Jamaica's economy faces many challenges to growth: high crime and corruption, large-scale unemployment and underemployment, and a debt-to-GDP ratio of nearly ...See More 130%. Jamaica's onerous public debt burden is the result of government bailouts to ailing sectors of the economy, most notably to the financial sector. In early 2010, the Jamaican Government created the Jamaica Debt Exchange in order to retire high-priced domestic bonds and significantly reduce annual debt servicing. Despite the improvement, debt servicing costs still hinder the government''s ability to spend on infrastructure and social programs, particularly as job losses rise in a shrinking economy. Jamaica was hard hit by the effects of the global economic crisis, experiencing economic contractions from 2008-10 and growth remains low. The SIMPSON-MILLER administration faces the difficult prospect of having to achieve fiscal discipline in order to maintain debt payments, while simultaneously attacking a serious crime problem that is hampering economic growth. High unemployment exacerbates the crime problem, including gang violence that is fueled by the drug trade. As of late 2012, the SIMPSON-MILLER government was working to negotiate a new IMF Stand-by agreement to gain access to additional funds. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$25.62 billion (2012 est.); $25.6 billion (2011 est.); $25.22 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

8.4% of GDP (2012 est.); 7% of GDP (2011 est.); 13.1% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

sugarcane, bananas, coffee, citrus, yams, ackees, vegetables; poultry, goats, milk; shellfish

tourism, bauxite/alumina, agro-processing, light manufactures, rum, cement, metal, paper, chemical products, telecommunications