While listening to a radio program eight years ago, Gilbert learned about the housing crisis in Jamaica. Despite her own financial concerns, she was moved with compassion and pledged to buy a family a home in a year’s time.
After going on a Food For The Poor pilgrimage, she dedicated herself to helping the poor of Jamaica and vowed to give a family a house each year for the rest of her life.
A mother is a caregiver, nurse, cook, teacher and cheerleader. She gives hugs, dries tears, and solves problems. For me, being a mother is the most important job in the world, and one I was destined to do.
I have often been told as a social worker, “They are not all your children!” I believe they are. We are all one family called the Human Race and it is part of my job as a mother to insure all of the worlds children have a home.
Hope Village in Jamaica is a lifetime dream of mine. I want to move families out of desperate and often very dangerous living conditions into a peaceful community with homes of their own.I want them to plant gardens, dance with their neighbors, hug, laugh, play soccer, braid hair, have babies and be happy.
With your help this dream can become a reality. I challenge each of you to take a moment and think like a mother. Let the poor of Jamaica become your children. Please help!
This year celebrate Mothers Day in a different way. You can give a gift that will help in honor of your mother, or a mother you know, or salute yourself if you are a mom. Building Hope Village is a gift honoring all mothers.
I cannot imagine my life without music!
This project will supply instruments to youth in 7 communities in Jamaica and 7 communities in Ghana.
I have kicked off this project with the purchase of a bass drum. I am now inviting all music lovers to join us in giving the gift of music to a community of children who live in shacks but have dreams. You can donate funds or buy an instrument.
"If we could all find something to get passionate about, we could change the world."
— Barbara Gilbert
While touring Ellersie Gardens, one of the largest slum areas of Jamaica on a trip several years ago Ms. Gilbert witnessed people of all ages playing soccer, barefooted, with a torn ball, on a tiny field with ragged wooden soccer goals.
The soccer complex was dedicated on June 24, 2009, with Jamaican dignitaries, the major donors and soccer officials and players in attendance. Through the power of this beautiful sport an entire community will be transformed. Over 1000 kids are already signed up to play on these fields. Much equipment is needed.
A big THANK YOU to Jacksonville Football Club players and Coach Mike Walker who have donated to date over 5 truckloads of balls, shoes, uniforms, cleats and bags.
Planting Seeds of Hope
My international projects are in partnership with Food For the Poor, the largest US international charity organization and largest provider of aid to the Caribbean and Latin America. I have witnessed in my annual visits over the last 8 years the love and passion of these caregivers in Jamaica as they give unconditionally to the poor. Through our combined efforts we are monumentally impacting the lives of the poorest of the poor in Jamaica.
To request Barbara to speak to your group, church or organization
To organize or sponsor a fundraiser for one of the projects
Each of us has the ability to make a difference and give the gift of hope