About Kate Chappell

"And all I offer here is the distilled poetry of my existence..." Claude McKay, Poet Laureate of Jamaica, 1890-1848 I have been a reporter since 1998, covering mainly business and politics. I have also capitalized on the many skills journalism requires to become an all-around communications specialist. In addition to being a professional curious person and communicator, I have a bad case of the travel bug and can't seem to stay put. Finally, I have put my skills to work as a volunteer in the community wherever I have lived. Now, follow me as I combine these compartments of my life in Kingston, Jamaica, where I am a writer, reporter, journalist and lecturer.

A trip to the park


Hope Gardens Zoo has a brand new park, which we visited over the weekend. It is one of the few shaded green spaces for children where there are play structures. Unfortunately, it won’t be widely accessible as there is an entry fee, but at least it is an option for some families. We need more green spaces like this…

Grant a Wish Program


Jamaica’s Child Protection and Family Services Agency has a program this year to support young women who live in state care facilities. The list is here. The way it works is you determine your region, select a child and the gift she wants and then let the CPFSA know. You can call them at the number listed, then drop off the gift. Note the deadline of Dec. 21.

One girl wants to go back to school, another desires help with her homework and to help the homeless…Please share this with your social media networks…Below is another program to help girls in shelters by providing personal care packages…

Grant a Wish Program


Jamaica’s Child Protection and Family Services Agency has a program this year to support young women who live in state care facilities. The list is here. The way it works is you determine your region, select a child and the gift she wants and then let the CPFSA know. You can call them at the number listed, then drop off the gift. Note the deadline of Dec. 21.

One girl wants to go back to school, another desires help with her homework and to help the homeless…Please share this with your social media networks…Below is another program to help girls in shelters by providing personal care packages…