Montego Bay Alternative Break

Today was another great day on the island. We started off early at Montego Bay Women’s Center. This center aims to give pregnant and postpartum mothers a chance to continue their education while their babies are only one building over with caregivers. In Jamaica, pregnant teens are kicked out of school during and after their pregnancy. Many of the teens; however, have the support of their family and are provided the opportunity to come to the women’s center. Our job at this location was to teach breast health and breast feeding while others screened the teachers and administration.
We went straight to the School for the Deaf after that where we had a chance to interact and speak to children of all ages with the help of an interpreter. We also screened many teachers and administrators here. One interesting thing about the school of the deaf was the well-kept and large facility. The school was set on top of a mountain with a breathtaking view of the beach and city. We learned from our driver, “Uncle Willie” that this school was run by an American institution that sends groups here yearly to work and maintain the property.
After lunch on the bus we made our way to one of our favorite locations yet, Hope Hospice. At hope hospice there is a variety of patients ranging from aids to diabetes and cancer problems. Each student was able to interact and provide some therapeutic communication to an individual patient. Our visit was greatly appreciated by every patient and really showed us the reality of what many people go through while living in Jamaica.
Tomorrow we are starting our first day of health fair. We are excited to screen and teach even more residents. So far, we have screened over thirty adults and we hope to at least triple that number by tomorrow!

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