Dear Friends, It has taken me a long time to write this letter and now that it is written (on Jamaica Mother’s Day my native country). I feel shy and even uncertain about whether I should dare share my thoughts about Mother’s Day with you all. You are my loyal friends who have been with … Continue reading A Letter to My Son – Jamaica Mother’s Day
Published in The Pilgrim, Issue 6, Autumn 2020. As we live our lives, we are aware of life,But, unlike us, a storm knows neither of what it is creating or destroying,Just like this pandemic, it knows of nothing. The world that we live in,The environmental problems,The extreme weather, pollution and natural disasters,These things come as … Continue reading Storm – Shania
Published in The Pilgrim, Issue 6, Autumn 2020. Stuck indoors on Monday,Work set by my school.Breakfast, lunch, dinner, sleep,No wait, I can’t sleep at all. Stuck indoors on Tuesday,Work to be handed in.Breakfast, lunch, dinner, sleep,A cycle seems to begin. Stuck indoors on Wednesday,I’ve only slept for two hours.Breakfast, lunch, dinner, sleep,The control of this … Continue reading Stuck Indoors for Lockdown – Indiana
Published in The Pilgrim, Issue 6, Autumn 2020. The second-hand smoke engulfed her.They had created such a large mess,Emptying their pockets in her deep blue flesh.She gave them her everything,Only to receive much less.Yet they thanked her with the gift of their selfishness.As her whole world turned sour,She felt empty inside.They would all feel sorrow,As … Continue reading The Ocean’s Demise – Ilham
Published in The Pilgrim, Issue 6, Autumn 2020. You can hear the clock ticking. And parents on the phone. And the soundof the TV. And the tapping on the keyboards. And the white noise of thevacuum. The once silent during the day house has now become busy-people in each room, trying to concentrate and get … Continue reading The Ticking Clock – Fateeha
Article published in The Pilgrim, Issue 6, Autumn 2020. I find it interesting how easily our way of life can change and how quickly webecome accustomed to it, but not all of us . I find it obscure but also frighteningin the sense that an entire planet is in this state. The superpowers of the … Continue reading Corona Time – Youcef
I remember the big, red bus taking a u-turn…
The main thing that has changed for me during the lockdown period is that I’m staying at my dad’s house.
Covid-19 is really hard…
During times of uncertainty when things seem often drear…
We have lost too many of our young people because of violent crime
On Thursday 13th August 2020, the Nicholas Stewart Project held their annual community fun day on the Henry Prince Estate
The difference between violent crimes and Covid-19 pandemic is – you can generally see what crimes are being committed, but the virus is not visible.
If you’re a peacemaker, peace will come back to you, if you go looking for trouble, trouble will seek you out, if you set out to harm others it will come back to you; it may not be today or tomorrow, but it will come right back at you.
Dearly Beloved, people on a whole have been experiencing some trying times…. Many people have recently lost loved ones; for some, their loved ones are in critical condition in hospital or in nursing homes.
It is reported in the media that the crime rate has decreased immensely. Whilst we welcome the good news, Covid-19 has taken the place of violent crimes.
Some weeks ago, I found myself tossing and turning in my bed, I couldn’t sleep…. another mother and family were mourning.
Greetings families and friends, it’s another year when most families gather together for the festive season.
Dear Lord please remember our young people in a special way. Please remember those who have been offending, those who the enemy has used to do his evils and to take another person’s life.
The Nicholas Stewart Project organisation has been set up to help and support young people and families struggling with their well-being.
I didn’t cause this upon myself, I didn’t go looking for it; I was not even prepared for it… but it came, not only on my doorstep but in my home.
I have come too far to look back, it’s a new day before me.
Today, it is five years since the passing of my baby Nicholas/Nick and known as Raidar by his friends.
When you become a victim of losing your loved one because of violent crime, it is hard to forgive.
When grief is personal, no one can tell you how to do it! You live with it … One learns how to live with it.
I share the sentiments, ‘be our brothers keeper’. This statement is crucial for our lives today.
Loss of lives due to violence has become a plague in our society and people grieve their loss in different ways
Whenever there is tragedy among young people, it is hard for me not to feel sad for the families and friends.
The 21st January 2016 would have been my son Nick’s 27th birthday. It was the second since his passing.
There comes a time in our life when we have to forget the issues of life and just smell the roses.
On the 27th January 2016, I wrote – “I’m not sick but I just don’t have the energy I once had, I just feel drained!
Since the inception of the NSP building, people have come, people moved on, some people do keep in touch and some are still here.
Many families celebrate Mothering Sunday here in the United Kingdom on the 31st March.
Some days when I feel so overwhelmed, and exhausted that my body feels as though it is shutting down under the weight of uncertainty.
Nicholas would have been 30 years old.
We depend on someone at some time or other. We put our trust in some people, sometimes almost putting our integrity on the line – but they fail us!
Still going through my grief and pain, I am still able to encourage people by phone calls, visits sometimes (not able to do much of that now) and inspirational messages
We approached two middle aged women sitting on a bench in the centre; showing the flyer.
I would like to accompany you to the pitch where your son was killed
We ask ourselves, what is going on? The recent escalation of murders especially among our young people.
I will not say that this is easy, not at all! But forgiveness has given me the will to carry on, to move forward to do something positive to help young people.