Godartiste "Makes A Child Smile"
The word of God encourages us in many different passages, the importance of giving. However, the Make a Child Smile Foundation founded by Gospel Recording Artiste Godartiste, has been constructed on the principle of Romans 12:13 which states, “Share with the Lord's people who are in need, Practice hospitality.’’
With this in mind, we started a drive to raise funds to purchase educational gifts for as many needy children across the island. The initiative was staged in the form of a concert that was dubbed “Godartiste & Friends Part II” with the tag line being “Do it for a cause: Make a child smile.”
The concert was held on April 28th 2018 at the Jamaica Youth for Christ auditorium in Kingston and was well supported. The funds raised from the event (after all expenses were paid) were used to purchase, backpacks, customized Godartiste & Friends 2019 hardcover books, Pens, Pencils and Crayons etc.
On Saturday May 12, we set out to make as many children as possible smile. The first set of stops were in Kingston where we gave 3 little girls and a boy their gifts. We then went up to Sterling Castle in the hills of St. Andrew where we met a struggling single parent family, a mother and four children. This was one of the most touching ones for me (Godartiste). The kids were given their packages and they were all very happy and expressed gratitude repeatedly. The mother however, was not aware that Godartiste had brought a personal gift for her, a brand new Toaster Oven. She was overjoyed.
From Sterling Castle we made our way down to Palmer’s Cross Clarendon. We encountered mechanical problems as we travelled, but the devil would not stop us from going on the mission. We got to our location where we made a presentation to two beautiful orphan girls. Even though they seemed shy at first, after speaking to them, the smiles got bright as we got to the presentation aspect. We also made a presentation to two other high school students and encouraged them to continue working hard so that they can be successful in their studies.
From Palmer’s Cross, we journeyed to Barton’s in the hills of St. Catherine where we came across a family with three very active boys. While there, their smiles burst into laughter. They were so happy and this made the journey worthwhile even though it was well past 8 pm. Other presentations made/to be made are in Spanish Town St. Catherine, Heywood Hall St. Mary and in Allman Town Kingston.
The Make a Child Smile Foundation has been created to help as many children as possible to achieve amidst their financial struggles. We believe children are the future and we have a responsibility to help as much as possible to make their dreams a reality. We would like to thank the following persons for contributing to the cause in 2019;
Jamaica Youth for Christ
Ceige Taylor (Nassau Bahamas)
Sharon & Selvin Batchelor (The United Kingdom)
Angela Davis (The United States)
Matthew Blake (The United Kingdom)
Elen B (The United Kingdom)
The Dominator's Family
Minister Jermaine Gordon (Gospel Recording Artiste)
Many thanks to everyone involved in this exercise. The musicians, the singers, artistes, sound crew, DJ HD, the Kitchen staff, the patrons, the churches, the prayer team, Mario Gayle the driver, every single person that contributed. Thanks also to the following persons who journeyed with me: Ashanti Green, Akaysha Henry and Mario Gayle.
We wish you all could have been on the road with us so that you could see the fruit of your labour, but what we do know is that lives were touched, hearts were blessed and Jesus Christ was glorified.
We look forward to your continued support as together we “Do it for a cause: Make a Child Smile.”
God bless you all
Make a Child Smile Foundation
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