|Yemalla Edwards after pinning|
ceremony at UWI
Yemalla was pinned as a full fledged Medical student at the UWI- Mona Campus on Thursday, March 20, 2014. He was very excited about the reality of being closer to milestone as a Medical Doctor. Before this, Yemalla has been struggling financially to support himself while in school. He relates the times when he was homeless on campus while sporting a 3.85 GPA in his first year in med school.
One early morning at about 2:30 am, campus police found him sleeping under a stairway....he was quickly awakened by the police shouting out, he must have been a homeless man on campus. Luckily his student ID saved him from the embarrassment he said, later that morning he went to class.
|Brian (L), Yemalla and Teacher Mr. Blake (R)|
Approx. three months later Mr. Edwards received assistance from PALAS of JA$125,000.00, a cell phone, a place to reside across the street from UWI at no cost. Thanks to a good samaritan, Ms. Judy Grant in Atlanta, Georgia who Rula reached out to for the help and she gracefully said yes.... he is very happy there. He also a received a tablet computer (shown in photo with him) complements of PALAS adviser, Mr. Patrick Campbell. He will graduate with his Medical Degree in 2018. Read about Mr. Edwards from a recent Jamaica Observer article on Oct 13, 2013. more