advocacy for hope

One Woman Trying to Make a Difference

"Each of us has the ability to change a life and make a difference." -Barbara Gilbert


"If we could all find something to get passionate about, we could change the world."  

— Barbara Gilbert     

 Barbara's Village

      Hope Village

While listening to a radio program eight years ago, Gilbert learned about the housing crisis in Jamaica. Despite her own financial concerns, she was moved with compassion and pledged to buy a family a home in a year’s time.

After going on a Food For The Poor pilgrimage, she dedicated herself to helping the poor of Jamaica and vowed to give a family a house each year for the rest of her life.

Priority Project-Hope Village-complete 100 home goal!


Jeff's Band Project completed! Music instruments presented July 2013!



Celebration of Life School

Project complete! School built July 2011

Computer center, playground, security fencing, community garden and soccer goals (Phase II)-Funding completed Feb. 2012

Steven's Place computer lab Officially dedicated July 2013

Ellersie Soccer Complex

While touring Ellersie Gardens, one of the largest slum areas of Jamaica on a trip several years ago Ms. Gilbert witnessed people of all ages playing soccer, barefooted, with a torn ball, on a tiny field with ragged wooden soccer goals.

The soccer complex was dedicated on June 24, 2009, with Jamaican dignitaries, the major donors and soccer officials and players in attendance. Through the power of this beautiful sport an entire community will be transformed. Over 1000 kids are already signed up to play on these fields. Much equipment is needed.

A big THANK YOU to Jacksonville Football Club players and Coach Mike Walker who have donated to date over 5 truckloads of balls, shoes, uniforms, cleats and bags.

Contact Barbara Gilbert:
(904) 806-4070
or access the contact form on this site

To request Barbara to speak to your group, church or organization
To organize or sponsor a fundraiser for one of the projects


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