Helping the Maroons
By Bill Evans
The Accompong Maroons in Saint Elizabeth have
always lived in the shadow of history. Since the signing of the
Peace Treaty in 1739, these people have been the last to receive
the benefits of modern technology. Bad roads kept out transports
until a couple of decades ago followed by electric current some
10 years later and then finally piped in water some 5 or so years
later but still not everyone in the community can avail themselves
of these conveniences we consider part of our everyday lives.
Now, this year, the Maroons have an opportunity to catch up with
the rest of the world and perhaps even surpass it but they need
Cable and Wireless of Jamaica has pledged to
supply ground-based telephones and consequently, internet access
before the January 6th Celebration in 2003. What this ultimately
means is that no longer will the educated community professionals
have to leave their home to work in the modern workplace and their
children will be educated using the best technology available.
This is an important watermark in their history as the continued
viability of the community hinges on being able to provide work
for the Maroons who wish to live in Accompong Town.
can you help? You see the newly constructed but empty computer
desks above? First, they need 4 Internet ready computers and associated
software to operate them. Remember, under current legislation
in Jamaica, imported computers are tax-exempt. The Maroons are
also in great need of assistance in learning how to use these
computers effectively. If you can help or know someone or some
company that would be interested, contact Bill Evans at [email protected],
as he is currently working with Colonel Peddie and the Maroon
Council in this endeavor. Make a real difference in a real community.
All gifts will be greatly appreciated.