Raise Yuh Voice

In solidarity for a violence free Jamaica!

We are amplifying the voices of survivors in Jamaica!

Raise Yuh Voice elevates our SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT towards radical transformation and empowerment.

Raise Yuh Voice Jamaica!

Help us BUILD our

Healing Center & Drum HUB 

  • Some of the programs integral to reshaping our way forward includes: 

  • The Drumming Arts (song, dance, culture, spirituality)

  • Life Skill Training in self-reflection, empathic listening, solution driven collaborative problem solving, and leadership development

  • Consent Practices for A New Way Forward

  • Indigenous Taino and Maroon History & Wisdom Practices 

  • Yoga, Hiking, Mind/Body Strengthening, Thai Chi, Qigong, Meditation

  • Community Outreach and Advocacy pilots/partnerships

  • Holistic Nutrition Education and Demonstration

  • Earth-Based Spiritual Practices

  • Gardening and Permaculture

  • Massage and Somatic Healing Practices

ABOUT RAISE YUH VOICE 

Raise Yuh Voice: In Solidarity for a Violence Free World is a project of Spirit Drumz, founded and directed by Afia Walking Tree, since 1990. Our Raise Yuh Voice initiative bridges the gap from silence to empowerment for the outrageous number of women and girls whose voices are silenced. With violence against women/girls/trans figures in the Caribbean surging, and little attention on our emotional sovereignty, we fill the dire need for emotional development tools in the hands of our most vulnerable community members, enfranchising them as activists armed with self-resilience tools.


Since 2016, we have been immersed in extensive research and assessment, through hands-on retreats, workshops, and community visitations, on the status of women and girls in Jamaica.  When we took a deeper examination of violence in all its forms, with sexual and physical violence, we also examined systemic violence in economic, political, socio-cultural, environmental and ideological spheres.  Reserach by the UN Jamaica, shows that the rate of gendear based violence in Jamaica is 3.5 times higher the global average of 1 in 5 women. And girls between the ages of 10 - 19 years of age are the most vulnerable.  Here is a  Gender Violence 101 video recently released by one of our parnter organizaions WeChange Jamaica explains the intricacies and complexities of Jamaica's gender violence problem.

 

We are committed to grow and strengthen our country’s coalition amongst already existing survivor organizations such as: WeChange Jamaica, Tambourine Army, OBR Jamaica, UN Women Jamaica, Institute of Jamaica, Women Inc., Jamaica Pride, Maroon Women’s Indigenous Circle, and the University of the West Indies. We look forward to widening our circle of collaborators to reach even more organizations as we grow. Here is a view of the powerful work we are doing in the community.


On February 18, 2017, Raise Yuh Voice was birthed out of a kinship with One Billion Rising and Bay Area Rising that began 2014 in Oakland, California. The goal of the rising was to bring voice through the power of the healing expressive arts and the drum as a central tool of radical empowerment.  Each of our risings began with a march and drumming in the streets by women and girls. Today, we are moving forward with Raise Yuh Voice Jamaica (#RaiseYuhVoiceJamaica) as an integral project of Spirit Drumz, an arts empowerment organization founded and directed by Afia Walking Tree, since 1990.

Get Involved!

Help us raise $200,000US in order for Spirit Drumz to build Raise Yuh Voice Drum Sanctuary in Jamaica by July 2020!

We invite you to join this opportunity to make a real, tangible difference to grow our social justice movement today.  

We are raising a total of $200,000:

1) $50,000 through our online campaign Fundrazr platform by donating NOW

2) $150,000 through benefactors, and investors, and grants. 

Please connect us to any resources you believe will bring us closer to our target campaign.

 The FundRaising Campaign is an integral part of our larger 2019-2020 fundraising plan, which will ultimately support the full purchase, build, and launch of the Spirit Drumz Raise Yuh Voice Drum Sanctuary in Jamaica.

The initial fundraising plan of $50,000 includes:

  • Sustainable architectural design $3,000

  • Land/property purchase $45,000

  • Costs associated by property search $2,000

The larger fundraising plan of $150,000 includes:

  • Construction of facility $50,000

  • Materials and Equipment purchase $25,000

  • Administration and operational costs $75,000

  

Spirit Drumz Raise Yuh Voice Drum Sanctuary will feature:

  • Main house with full amenities for on-site staff and guest facilitators up to 6 overnight guests

  • 2 Office spaces, 3 workshop studios

  • Fully stocked community kitchen with appliances

  • Greenhouse and food forest gardens for sustainable farming

  • 20 bed (bunk-beds) dormitory facility with 10 outdoor camping spaces 

     

  • Secure entrance/protected gates and parking
  • In-house food bar, gift shop and market stand, run by our community

 

Our opening launch plans to open its doors to our first ongoing support circle for survivors, a Transformative Leadership Training for Survivors ready to become community liaisons. We are imagining regular healing arts offerings that are free to the community.  

Join us!  We are calling on investors, benefators, skill share, builders, gardeners, water experts, and many other esources.