„Out of many, one people“. See how the Jamaican motto comes to life.
1990 a group of concerned citizens saw the need to help homeless mentally ill persons in the community of Montego Bay, Jamaica. Here´s how respect, not stigma, makes a difference.
“The Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill” (CUMI) is a non-governmental organization (NGO), based in Montego Bay Jamaica. August 1991, CUMI opened the doors to the Rehabilitation Day Centre. As an NGO, CUMI collaborates with the regional psychiatric department, community clinics and the mental health officers. Find out more about CUMI on http://www.cumimobay.org/.
Completely funded by donations, CUMI works hard to accomplish a lot, with minimal finances. Besides that, volunteers from all over the world spend their time with the clients to engage in a Cultural Immersion Experience at CUMI.
During their „parental leave“ in Jamaica, Milena and Frank from Germany created a video project to raise awareness and to cherish the clients and staff.
„Faces of CUMI“ is a video that shows what it is all about: respect, empowerment and joy!
See also some interviews with supporters and clients: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVp4DxD1OjwV0Jmela7VR2mZEWUbDhN6o