Approximately four? years ago, I crossed paths with this lovely human. We clicked shortly after meeting and working in the same organisation. We’ve been cheering each other ever since.
This mother of boys is beyond selfless. She serves at the community level as well as the national level without complaining or seeking personal gain. Stacy is the front runner of an amazing organisation that works with girls and women to better develop themselves and their communities.
After learning more about her skills and altruistic nature, I asked her if she would like to be featured on my blog – to which she agreed.
So here’s a series of some questions she answered.
2. What’s the name of your organisation?
Girls To Women Development Foundation Limited – for short, I’ll call it GTWDFL.
Formed on January 8, 2015, GTWDFL is based on a desire to express gratitude.
I started my MSc. in Gender and Development Studies but then faced difficulty to finance my education because I subsequently lost my job. I previously applied for a Climate Change scholarship and was advised that I was not successful! The award could not have come at a better time as they called me one year later and in the time when I was unemployed and contemplating leave of absence from my studies! I could not believe the perfect timing and I was filled with such gratitude, I felt compelled to give back!
Stacy continues by sharing that GTWDFL was the best avenue to alleviate the struggles of vulnerable girls and women where she gets the opportunity to use the skills she garnered through her studies.
The response to this is perfectly summed up in the organisation’s official mission which states:
To facilitate the realization of Jamaican Women’s fullest potentials, so that they can empower all those around them.
In the next five years, I see us serving more girls and women offering a wider range of programmes and services…a holistic centre for economic, social and emotional development for girls and women.
I would love it if I can contract my team as staff as right now they are all volunteers working for a common good and that will also ensure the quality and the duration of our activities in a sustained way!
Helping people is my purpose and Community Development is the medium through which I realize that. I absolutely love community development and all aspects of it! I have been doing community development before I even knew about the term and I don’t see my work – now or the future – separate from community development.
I have chosen Community to be a career and not just a job… I often say my job is the coolest because I get to effect sustainable changes in the quality of lives I interact with and no paycheque can give a more gratifying feeling.
There can be no development of nation without community development as people are socialized by their community!
Try as you wish to have economic and physical development without community/social development, but I assure you it is all in vain.
Community Development has been long seen as the less important sibling to economic development and we are now seeing the results of that.. low moral and decaying value systems, no amount of economic policies can buy the values that out communities can instill.
As a nation and as a people we have failed to see the value of community development, consulting experienced and qualified community development practitioners, and understanding that social science is a real science with ever greater possibilities for impact.
If we want an improved Jamaica we must see community development as the centre to all policies and the budget should be aligned accordingly.
- If helping people is your passion then Community Development is for you!
- Do what you love because you will need your passion/drive on days that are frustrating. Be open to change and new learning because people’s need and priorities change rapidly.
- Be genuine! Community persons know when you are working for the money or working because you care and they will respond to you accordingly.
Summation: This life changer is on a mission to pay it forward and positively impact the lives she comes across and the communities she works with. Personal gain is not her goal – all she wants is to aid in developing her nation; her home.
Get in touch with Stacy and the Girls to Women Development Foundation at the following spaces: