“Every likkle mek a muckle”

The Jamaican American Association of Northern California (JAANC) receive many requests for support from various entities in Jamaica. Unfortunately the Association does not have the resources to respond to all the requests. As a result, we have established the One Love, One Heart project. We will list any organization or person (s) in Jamaica who JAANC verified as a reliable source of need. The purpose of the list is to make it easy for members to pick a project you want to support and provide the support directly through one time or consistent donations.

While we are providing this service, JAANC is not responsible for your donation. Any questions about the project listed, please contact the point of contact in the announcement not JAANC. We invite our members to take advantage of this service as a convenient way to support HOME.

Members are invited to submit other projects for this page that they have thoroughly researched and confirmed the need. JAANC will not confirm the need for you. JAANC will only list the project after you have provided documentation the need exists. Documentation include but is not limited to an official request for support on letterhead identifying specific need (s), pictures, testimonials etc.

Personal Sponsorship Request – Richard Kilburn for Team Jamaica

Richard Kilburn, a current student at the University of the West Indies and past employee of Grace Kennedy, is seeking financial support to travel to World Cheerleaders Championships. He is a member of the Jamaican national cheerleading team and they are preparing to go to the ICU World Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Florida in April. He seeks assistance with costs for his accommodation and plane fare to Orlando, where he will be representing Jamaica.

If you wish to donate, please contact Mr. Kilburn at chevaughnk@hotmail.com and make arrangements to get your donation to him directly.

Assistance for a Primary School in Jamaica

Greetings, I am a currently serving Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica. I have begun my third year in Kingston, however gave two years serving the Bellefield community in Manchester. I worked as an assistant PE teacher with the focus in the development of life skills through sports during my service with the primary school. I have also assisted the primary school to build a multi-purpose court. When the court was constructed in April 2014, retaining walls were built from the ground on three sides, to create a level plane, but also created an unsafe precipice. The community has not been able to completely maximize the use of the court, for concern of safety for the children and patrons and cannot afford to pay for improvements. We are currently using a Peace Corps related crowd- funding grant to assist in this venture. This project is in support of building a perimeter fence for the court, and will have an immediate impact on the local community with 100% funds contributing to the construction of a safe and stable fence around a currently unsafe court structure. Any amount of support is very much appreciated. This will help create a safe, stress-free sport and recreation area for the Bellefield community, giving healthy habits and build positive character through sports! https://donate.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=donate.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=14-532-001

Chantal Woodard Peace Corps Volunteer Youth and Sports Advisor

Merl Grove High School Welfare Program

Dear Alumna,

This year our beloved alma mater celebrates its 90th Anniversary as aneducational institution of excellence. Thousands of us have walked the corridors of this prestigious school and are committed to ensuring its future growth and development.

The Past Students’ Association exists To provide support and guidance to the school community to fulfill its mission. Over the years, members have contributed positively to the Association’s success amidst the challenges faced, through various projects such as:

  • The Breakfast Programme
  • Scholarship/Bursary Programme
  • Mentorship Programme
  • and other activities mentioned in our 2012-2013 Annual Report attached.

In this our 90th year, the Association is encouraging our members here and in the Diaspora to partner with us in this milestone anniversary celebration to offer improved benefits to the school community. We will appreciate your inclusion in our upcoming events to celebrate our 90th Anniversary, when announced.

Our major thrust this year is to increase our membership base. Attached are Membership and Pledge/Donor forms for completion. Please feel free to submit your recommendations to the Association, as together we can accomplish our Mission.

Yours truly
Dr. Elizabeth Wynter-Watson, President

Reference Information

Melody House – Community Home for girls

Melody House is a community house for young girls at risk. The house can house up to twenty girls; currently there are 16 – 17 girls living at the house. The age range is from 13 – 18 years old. Click the above heading link for more information on Melody House.

Clair Purkiss – House mother
89 Fairfield Ave
PO BOX 660
Montego Bay, Jamaica, W.I.
Tel: (876) 601-5059 (office), (876) 813-2552 (cell)

e-mail: clairpurkiss@yahoo.com

Spring Hill Basic School

Updated 7/13/2016

The Spring Hill Basic School is a one room school house in the Blue Mountains. The only teacher, Ms. Sylvia Thomas, teaches all the subjects to a classroom of ten students. The school is in need of:

Construction paper
Writing books – hard cover
Permanent markers

Any questions about their needs, please feel free to contact Ms. Sylvia Thomas at the address and number below. This need was verified by members Denise McCallaCreary and Janet Hopkin.

Sylvia Thomas, Principal
Spring Hill Basic School
Spring Hill P.O.
Portland , Jamaica, W.I.

Tel: (876) 367-9076

Bois Content All Age Primary School

The Bois Content All Age School is an all age primary school located in Bois Content, St. Catherine a city eight miles from Old Harbor. Total school population is approximately 84 girls and 77 boys. The school can use help with monetary donations for their Breakfast program to pay for labor and buy groceries. They can use reading books for students age 6 to 12 years old, pens, pencils, crayons, notebooks, etc. Need was confirmed by member Denise McCallaCreary.

In late 2013, the Jamaican American Association of Northern California(JAANC) under the leadership of President & Chief Executive Officer, Denise McCallaCreary partnered with the Jamaica Land We Love (JALAWELO) organization to support projects to improve the lifestyle of the people living in the District of Bois Content, St. Catherine and the all age Primary school using crowd funding. In February 2014, two projects were funded. One to build a partition at the school to separate the third grade students from fourth grade students. The second project to purchase a computer for the staff was also fully funded. The computer will be delivered this summer. The staff will also be trained on various computer programs by the JALAWELO organization.

JAANC and JALAWELO thank all our generous donors to these projects. We ask you to visit www.Jalawelo.org to view upcoming projects in need of your support.
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View the finished partition at this link.
Thank You from Jalawelo

Ms. Kathleen Jones, Acting Principal
Bois Content All Age Primary School
Bois Content P.O.
St. Catherine, Jamaica, W.I.
Tel: (876) 560-0635 (office)
e-mail: namajm@yahoo.com

Note: JAANC recommends that donations be made directly to institutions and/or organizations instead of individuals to ensure the donation is used for the purpose intended.