Your Impact

YOU can Make a Difference in the Lives of Families in Jamaica

For as little as $20 per month, you can help improve living conditions and provide groceries, clothing and shoes, and school registration fees for families in need. 

MEET “KAREN” - Karen and her three children live in a one-room zinc shack with no running water. She told Jamaican news reporters that in order to survive she has to sell fruits on weekends. She said, "Me go Meadowrest go get water. Sometime a di bullfrog water we get and when dem get water fi dem worker bathe we get some fi drink."

Her 11-year old son does not have shoes to attend school and of their shack she explained that, "The problem is with the zinc, when the sun hot yuh can't go and sleep cause in there is baking, we have to wait until evening and when rain fall we have to set bucket cause is bare water."

What is Karen’s request? "I want to live somewhere comfortable and if people could even help me with some clothes for the children." 

Our ability to make a difference for Karen and her children, and thousands of families just like theirs, is made possible through the generous contributions of donors like you.

They walk side by side holding their children. Drained of joy because they cannot offer any hope to these little ones. Children are meant to play and have bodies full of life and promise. But they cannot see any promise. What promise lies in poverty and destitution? They offer love because that is all they have left to give their sons and daughters. Survival is at best their proximity...yet that too seems to slowly disappear.

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According to the Economic and Social Survey of Jamaica (2011):

  • One in every five children lives in poverty
  • Households in poverty have larger household sizes
  • The poor usually live in poor communities
  • They lack access to good-quality education and employment
  • They live in inferior-quality accommodations
  • Motivation to work is inhibited by poor wages and working conditions
  • Those who do work are often underemployed

…social safety nets are being widened, but persons are rarely being lifted out of poverty.

This is a clear case in Jamaica where despite a 75 per cent and a 130 per cent increase in expenditure for the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) and the School Feeding Programme respectively, over the last three years, the latest [Jamaica Survey of Living Conditions] shows that many more Jamaicans are living below the poverty line.(Jamaica Observer, 2011)

Photo Credit: The Gleaner

The Clarkes* live in a cardboard and wood home on the outskirts of an urban area.  The family of six was struggling to provide basic necessities with the father’s earnings as a laborer. Their children, ages four through 11 have been unable to attend school regularly. 

Jamaica Hope Foundation met with the elder Clarke and determined how to help the family in both the short and long term.  We were able to clothe the family along with a new pair of shoes for each, provide several bags of groceries with non-perishable items, covered the school registration fees for the three oldest children, and gave them a goat and chickens.  The animals provide a regular source of nutrition and as the chickens multiplied, the family also has a source of protein.

Mother Clarke has been able to sell and trade eggs for other items the family needs and when the Clarke’s learned of a neighbor’s pregnancy, they were able to provide a gift of two chickens from their flock and bottles of goat’s milk.

There are thousands of families like the Clarkes.  With every donation, we can improve the quality of their lives and provide a way for them to sustain, grow, and give. 

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