Local advocate Choc'late Allen has taken her fight against crime to Jamaica and has a message for Jamaican youths.
"We have the power to be successful in anything as long as it's positive!"
Today and tomorrow, she will continue to spread this message during her 12-hour-a-day fasting and reading for peace and purity at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library.
It all began at 6:00 a.m. yesterday and already, there has been an overwhelming response to what Choc'late calls her 100 per cent crime-free initiative.
"A lot of times as youths, what we may hear especially from adults are negative things - we don't have self respect, we don't have discipline we don't have a sense of direction - however my motive is to tell the youths what we have. We have the power of making the right choices! We have the power of accepting responsibility for our action! We have the power of doing anything!" she said.
So committed is she to the initiative that Choc'late has postponed her Caribbean Secondary Certificate Examations this year to allow her enough time to visit countries of the region to fast and read for peace and purity.
Choc'late is the executive director of Caribbean Vizion, a five-year-old non-profit organisation with executive members in several regional countries.