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The Washington DC-based Jamaica Nationals Association (JNA) is looking to establish a ‘Jamaica House’ in the United States this year, which will serve as its operational headquarters and a venue to showcase Jamaican culture and the Jamaican brand.
Addressing the monthly meeting of the JNA held at the Embassy in Washington last Sunday (February 28), Ms. Henry said the establishment of its headquarters is a long-held goal of the association. She said that facility will be set up in either Washington DC or Maryland.
Jamaica House, she said, will serve as a location for discussion of Jamaican and Caribbean issues, offer programmes to children of Jamaican immigrants, and exposure to the best of Jamaican culture.
“We need a centre where non-Jamaicans and second and third generation Jamaican-American children can be exposed to what is good and culturally representative of the best that Jamaica has to offer. Jamaica House will be accessible to the entire community with particular focus on students, new immigrants, youth and the elderly,” she stated.
Ms. Henry added that the facility will also offer services to allow the Jamaican immigrant community to more fully participate in and contribute to the American society.
In the meantime, she informed that over the next 24 months, the organisation will place focus on increasing membership by at least 50 per cent, as well as creating a “transition outreach” programme for the children of newly-arrived immigrants residing in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Another goal is to increase its charitable programmes, especially the book scholarship, which was established in honour of former Ambassador to the United States, Professor Gordon Shirley, for college students of Jamaican heritage in metro area.
Ms. Henry called on the JNA membership to stay focused on the mission of the association, which is to foster, promote and unite Jamaicans in the Washington DC area and in Jamaica.
The JNA is the premier organisation representing Jamaicans in Washington DC. It was established in 1969 by Jamaican students attending area colleges and universities.

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