- Jamaican High Commissioner HE Ms Aloun Ndombet-Assamba has been shortlisted out of 70 candidates this year for the 2nd Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award.
- The High Commissioner is nominated for her vast voluntary work in empowering the youth of Jamaica.
- Her Excellency has always expressed a huge desire to help young people both in Jamaica and in the Diaspora.
London, UK: Jamaican High Commissioner HE Ms Aloun Ndombet-Assamba has been shortlisted out of 70 candidates this year for the 2nd Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award. The award recognises UK- based politicians and diplomats who are representing the interests of the public at the highest level. The High Commissioner is nominated for her vast voluntary work in empowering the youth of Jamaica.
With her impressive track record in public and voluntary service, Her Excellency has always expressed a huge desire to help young people both in Jamaica and in the Diaspora.
The High Commissioner believes it is important to create strong community organisations that can act as watchdogs for vulnerable families and young people this also includes outreach work on empowering women, particularly those who run the family household or are at risk of domestic violence.
Ms Ndombet-Assamba has been very active in starting women’s leadership initiatives in Jamaica to create circles of support for those who have difficult family environments. She believes that strong communities and families results in better life chances for young people.
She has supported the Social and Economical Alliance for Development (SEAD) Jamaica as it mentors young people in their efforts to gain better access to jobs. She is also involved with Jamaican Inspire, a Jamaican Diaspora group in the UK which is led by young professionals, and provides positive role models in the work place, in addition to assisting in developing business ideas and contacts.
Ms Ndombet-Assamba uses her role as High Commission to speak regularly to young people across the United Kingdom and urge them to take up the opportunities for education and training as a way to improve their lives and that of their communities.
She also encourages young people learn about their history and culture and to be proud of the contribution their parents and grandparents have made to the development of British society. She has also embarked on a programme to get second, third and fourth generation young people of Jamaican heritage to acquire Jamaican Citizenship.
Ms Ndombet-Assamba is the 12th Jamaican High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and was appointed in May 2012. She is also non-resident Ambassador to six other countries – Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Cyprus.
Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, Director of Grassroot Diplomat, said: “The award illustrates that we do have government representatives that actively work on meeting the people’s needs and we must focus on bringing more positive role models into society and diminish negative news – that is the grassroot diplomacy way”.
Join HE Aloun Ndombet-Assamba and other government nominees at The Mayfair Hotel, London on Thursday 15th May 2014 where the awards ceremony will be hosted by TV Psychologist Dr. Linda Papadopoulos. For ticket information please visit: www.grassrootdiplomat.org/awards. Advance ticket sale ends in April 2014.
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