Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation
Giving Children a Better Future Through Education
The mission of Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation is to improve the lives of the next generation of Jamaicans by creating a world-class education system through investment in infrastructure, resource materials and expertise.
To date, Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation has raised more than $1,000,000 thanks to our generous sponsors and donors - and we're still going strong!
Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation is proud to partner with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment again to build a second primary school in Jamaica. In 2013, 40 staff members from MLSE donated their time and money to build a school in St. Elizabeth and build a better future for the children and families of that parish. This year, the team has doubled to 75 volunteers who will donate their time to build a school in Montego Bay. Thanks again to our friends at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. We look forward to seeing old faces and meeting some new on this return trip to Jamaica!
Here's a recap of what we've been able to accomplish so far, thanks to people like YOU who have supported us over the years:
• We've built our seventh school, for a total of 10 schools assisted across Jamaica:
Bernard Basic School
West Kingston Basic School
Campbell Castle Basic School
Long Hill Basic School
Arlington Basic School
Reliance Basic School
Park Mountain Basic School
Triumphant Basic School
Salt Marsh Basic School
Sandy Banks Primary
Bethel Basic School
Grange Basic School
Fullerswood Primary School
• With our partner, Oracabessa Foundation, we are currently funding an infrastructure project at the H.E.A.R.T. Community-Based Vocational Training Centre in Jacks River. (HEART is Jamaica's National Training Agency and, through their 'community-based' training scheme, has worked to establish vocational training centers in communities across Jamaica. The community provides the physical infrastructure -- building, tables, chairs -- and HEART pays the instructors. Visit: http://www.heart-nta.org)
• Again, partnering with Oracabessa Foundation, 49 students were supported through the A Ganar Youth Training Program – a tremendously successful program with a 66% employment rate post-graduation.
• Through our work with our partner, BREDS, Sandy Banks Primary School has achieved a 93% literacy rate for 2013!
• The Tryall Fund has supplied educational workshops, ongoing teacher training, healthy nutrition seminars, and school meal programs. They have also implemented a ‘Play & Stay Tennis’ program for 50+ 4-5 year olds.