Hands in Unison is a local non-denominational, Bible-based Christian organization intended to work with other like-minded groups such as churches, community groups, and human development agencies to cultivate resilience in the lives of vulnerable children and young people.
Hands in Unison recognizes the social responsibility with which we each have been charged. God’s abundant blessings are enough to meet the needs of our community. As Jamaicans, we can fulfil this responsibility by discerning the needs of others within our community and mobilizing networks of support, in response to these needs. Collectively, we have all that is required to meet these needs, and in unison, we can make a difference as we support our children and youth to become resilient.
Hands in Unison is committed to establish networks of support within communities, in response to the needs of vulnerable children and young people; thereby cultivating resilient individuals and empowered communities.
Be the change that nurtures resilience and empowers continuity.
Our Programme Purpose
In partnership with community-based organizations and groups, Hands in Unison will identify disenfranchised and special interest communities with a view to intervening in the lives of vulnerable children and young people. Such interventions will target access to education and training, promote personal development, and strengthen support networks for sustainable development of our children and youth.
Why our focus on Resilience?
Resilience should be considered a process, rather than a trait to be had. Most research now shows that resilience is the result of individuals being able to interact with their environments and the processes that either promote well-being or protect them against the overwhelming influence of risk factors.
The primary factor in resilience is having positive relationships inside or outside one’s family. It is the single most critical means of handling both ordinary and extraordinary levels of stress. These positive relationships include traits such as mutual, reciprocal support and caring. Such relationships aid in bolstering a person’s resilience. Resilience is evident in
1. The ability to make realistic plans and being capable of taking the steps necessary to follow through with them.
2. A positive self-concept and confidence in one’s strengths and abilities.
3. Communication and problem-solving skills.
4. The ability to manage strong impulses and feelings.
These factors are not necessarily inherent; they can be developed in any individual and they promote resilience. Resilience is vital to success in life and its absence is a major source of vulnerability.