Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks has announced the launch of a competition called Jamaica Roots aimed at Jamaican-Americans who have lost connection with their homeland.
Nov 5 to Feb 4, 2018
For those Jamaicans who would like to take the opportunity to experience Jamaica and reconnect with their roots, the competition runs from November 5, 2017 to February 4, 2018, with monthly draws to be broadcasted on Facebook Live.
Ambassador Marks pointed out that Jamaica Roots, as the name suggests, is about reconnecting to Jamaican heritage and culture. The competition is aimed at Jamaicans who were born in Jamaica but moved to the United States many years ago without returning.
Jamaica Roots will be a chance to reconnect for Jamaican-Americans and their children, grandchildren or even great, great grandchildren. It will be a chance for these Jamaicans to connect to and learn more about the country their family originated from.
The ambassador also explained that under the pilot program, winners will receive a one week free accommodation at a Jamaican hotel or live with a family member, travel the island on guided tours, visit and learn about their family history, and experience life in the community of their roots. She further explained that ultimately the aim of the program is to connect millions of members of Jamaica’s diaspora back to Jamaica as a second home to invest their time, talents and resources for Jamaica’s development.
She pointed out that to be eligible, each applicant must meet the following minimum requirements: be at least 21 years old at the time of travel, have Jamaican roots (able to prove themselves a Jamaican citizen, or the child, grandchild, great grandchild, great, great grandchild of a Jamaican citizen), have a valid passport, and have lived outside Jamaica for 10 years or more.
In order to give everyone a chance, the competition will be executed following the sweepstakes model and entries can be submitted at: http://s.heyo.com/c9ca7e. All rules and requirements can also be found on Facebook @AmbassadorMarks.
For more on Jamaica’s Ambassador to the US, Audrey Marks, visit the link: Ambassador Marks challenges the Diaspora to safeguard Jamaica’s Heritage