Signs and Wonders:
Sojourn in Inner-City
By Angela Stultz
Angela Stultz is a deeply committed Rastafarian woman. Driven by her spiritual relationship with the creator, she has combined a strong faith in the redemptive potential of every individual with multi- faceted community development approaches and a strong team effort to make a difference in people’s lives and communities. Guided by her religious beliefs to be her brother’s keeper, Angela earned an Undergraduate Degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Management Studies, majoring in organizational development. For over twenty years, Angela has worked in community transformation, gaining expertise in NGO management and strategic planning, police engagement and security programs, peace building, youth empowerment and social inclusion with attention to gender and vulnerable groups. . Angela’s work in inner-city communities has given her a deep understanding of inner-city culture and methodologies and approaches that work. She has a number of published works on the social divide in Jamaica and has presented internationally on her research.
Signs and Wonders
Stories of triumph and trials in Community Development and Peace Building recounts the journey of one woman and one NGO in an inner-city, Jamaican community beset by crime and violence. Signs and Wonders is a collection of ten stories: of people’s hope and resilience, tangible interventions, and the triumphs and seeming miracles in the face of trials and despair.
Signs and Wonders: Sojourn in the Inner-city takes the reader along the journey of a grassroots organization operating in one of Kingston Jamaica’s poorest inner-city communities. Through recounting personal encounters, observations and direct interventions, Signs and Wonders captures the challenges that Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and community development practitioners face.
Ameliya Disappears is the adventure of a little girl who lives with her grandmother and cousins in the Caribbean. Ameliya’s grandmother, Grandma Myrna, is a famous Palm Reader who reads strangers’ palms as her occupation. Grandma Myrna uses oils and herbs to bring her clients good luck.
Ameliya is often embarrassed by the smell of oils her grandmother rubs on her, more so when she has to sit for examinations. Her classmates tease her relentlessly and even make an unpleasant name they think befitting of her. Amelia is further ashamed by the name-calling and frequently wishes she could disappear.
But then, one day, Ameliya accidentally stumbles upon her grandmother’s age old family secret. Thus begins her adventure which leads her into many troubles. Can things ever return to what they were before?
A Discussion with author, Angela Punky Stultz on her novel, Signs and Wonders: Sojourn in the Inner-city and the challenges and successes that NGOs face in community development.