Jamaica and other developing countries do not have the safety nets we have in the United States such as welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, unemployment benefits, and free public education, among others. Their governments cannot afford to provide social services, and local churches have very limited resources to assist the poor. The poor in these countries suffer from abject poverty, which often means living on less than $2/day. They also have little access to medical care or education and suffer far too many preventable deaths from malnutrition and water-borne illness.
We chose to partner with Food For The Poor because they have established school and other construction programs in Jamaica and a proven track record of successes. Nearly 96 percent of every dollar raised through Food For The Poor goes directly to those in need.
Start to finish, depending on weather and other circumstances, it can take up to six months to complete a school. Smaller projects are often completed within weeks of full funding being secured.
All construction is completed by locally contracted construction crews.
No. Food For The Poor secures donated land upon which to build schools.
Operating expenses such as school supplies and teacher salaries are the school’s responsibility, and most schools are church and missionary sponsored. If you would like to contribute school supplies or help in any other way, please contact Kevin Carges.
There are usually anywhere from 25-40 students between ages 3-6 who attend “basic” schools such as Concord Sacred Heart Early Childhood Institute. Davis Primary has over 800 children currently attending. More children tend to go to school when the facilities are in better condition.
No. Every dollar raised by Eight 4 World Hope goes directly to Food For The Poor for the projects we are funding.
Typically, each basic school has one principal (who also teaches) and two teachers. In addition, schools have a cook to prepare meals for the children.