Ellen Pearl Outreach Children's Charity

Reaching out to the children of Jamaica who are victims of abuse

EPOCC NEWSLETTER

May 2017

 Reaching out to the Children of Jamaica

Dear Supporter,

Welcome to our first newsletter.  Thank you for your continued support throughout our first year of operation and as we work towards providing a national free 24hr Jamaica Childline service to reach out to the children of Jamaica.

This is 'Child Month' in Jamaica and we were hoping to launch our first newsletter in conjunction with the Jamaica Childline launch.   However, the launch has been delayed as  we are still awaiting the authority of the Office of the Utilities Regulations OUR (equivalent of OFTEL) to start using the line.

We have the support of the Jamaican High Commissioner, The Minister of Education, Youth & Information and are in talks with all other stakeholders in order to get the OUR's ruling lifted on the basis that prior approval was given to  us and the charitable need that exists.  Result expected soon!

 

Child abuse in Jamaica is at an alarmingly high level with little or no resources to support those who have been abused or at risk of abuse. There is no dedicated Childline counselling service and the children of Jamaica are in desperate need of help.

PLEASE PRAY FOR A QUICK RESOLUTION!

EPOCC aim to provide

A national free 24hr Jamaica Childline with fully trained volunteer counsellors.

PROGRESS UPDATE

June 2016
-
FLOW Telecom agrees to provide the 24hr Toll-Free  line by the end of the year

June 2016
-'
Train the Trainers Course' held with the support of NSPCC UK Childline
-10 trainers trained.

 

July 2016
-EPOCC
secures offices in Montego Bay.

 

August & October 2016
-Two
training courses held with 41 volunteer
counsellors now trained.

 

January 2017
-The
telephone lines were connected by FLOW but with the OUR's restriction
in place.

UPCOMING EVENTS

7th - 14th- October- EPOCC Week - a number of events

16th December  - Dinner & Dance (black tie event)

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT