Jamaica’s economy has been hit hard by the global economic downturn. There is a tremendous need for good schools that can help guide and empower Jamaica’s youth.
Jamaica’s economy has been in decline since 1974, when the energy-deficient country was hit hard by a rise in fuel costs. In addition, a worldwide recession reduced foreign demand for Jamaican products.
Housing has become another problem for Jamaica’s urban poor. When people move to Kingston in search of work, it’s often difficult for them to find jobs. Some people become homeless, while others are forced to accept low-paying jobs. To afford food and other necessities, they move into abandoned properties. Some become squatters, building shacks of cardboard, wood, and rusted tin on land owned by others. Jamaica continues to grapple with high rates of poverty, violent crime and unemployment.