Volunteers from Logos Hope bringing gifts to Kingston
When the Logos Hope, the world’s largest floating book fair, docks at the Caribbean Cement Company in Kingston from February 27 to March 15, 2020, it will bring 400 international volunteers from 65 countries on board who will engage in several social outreach programmes in various communities.
In addition to bringing 5,000 book titles for sale to the public at discounted prices, the crew will work with a number of local churches and organisations to distribute certain needed items.
Among them will be 1,000 eyeglasses for residents of downtown Kingston, Trench Town and communities in the Blue Mountain area.
“We want to point out, however, that we will not be carrying out examinations to determine major eye issues, but mere sight tests to prescribe the strength of lens needed for better reading purposes only,” said Benaya Keppler, Project Co-ordinator, Logos Hope.
Logos Hope ship in Montego Bay
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In addition, Logos Hope will be donating five sewing machines to a church in the Blue Mountain area, so members can generate income.
Also, the crew from the floating book fair will be donating a special design of shoes for children that can be worn many years by changing the size through adjustment of the straps. A number of school bags for basic school students will be distributed downtown Kingston as well.
“The gifts from Logos Hope will go to persons who have been pre-selected by the churches and organisations with which we shall be working to distribute the items,” said Keppler.
The volunteers have plans to share the message of hope to students of schools and universities in Kingston they plan to visit.
“Our aim is to be a beacon of hope through God’s love and while in Jamaica we want to serve the people of all walks of life by investing time and sharing our interests with them,” he continued.
The Logos Hope will be opened to the public daily from 10 am to 9 pm, except on Sundays when it will be open from 2 pm to 9 pm. It will close on Mondays. Entrance fee for adults will be $200. However, adults 65 and over, as well as children under 12, accompanied by an adult, will enter free.
At this time of international concern surrounding coronavirus, the operators of the book ship, Logos Hope, are reassuring Jamaicans that it is safe to visit the vessel.
Logos Hope has spent the last three years touring the Caribbean and Latin America – well away from affected areas – and is in possession of a medical certificate proving the ship is free of the virus. In addition, all crew members are fully compliant with World Health Organisation stipulations.
Local sponsors include the Jamaica Broilers Group, TBC Radio, Flow Foundation and OGM Integrated Communications Limited.
Logos Hope is part of an international organisation Operation Mobilisation (OM) with land-based teams in 110 countries, separate from the Ship. It is operated by GBA Ships e.V., an international, charitable organisation registered in Germany.