Our 2018 missions trip to Jamaica was on June 19 - 25th. We positively impacted five rural schools, one rural community and launched our Just One Education Initiative and We Care Service Recognition Initiative. We had some awesome donations from our non-profit partners and numerous individuals in the USA. Special thank you to Caring For Others, Dress for Success Atlanta, CompMunity Foundation, African American Expressions, Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral and Deliverance Center Church of God.
Day One: We visited the Perth Town Academy located in Trelawny. This school has 130 students and 15 staff members. We renovated the school's library and computer lab. We provided the students and staff with computers, school supplies, office supplies, art supplies , hygiene kits and snacks. The best part of our visit was interacting with the talented and engaging students and the warm and friendly staff.
Day Two: We visited Alva Primary School located in St. Ann. We painted the school's interior, donated computers and distributed school supplies, office supplies, hygiene kits and snacks to the students and teachers. This was followed by a visit to the Higgins Land Primary & Junior High School where we awarded 10 students with educational sponsorships through our Just One Education Initiative. Total of 36 students were awarded at various schools throughout the country. We also held the ground breaking ceremony in the Higgins Land community for our first rural community resource center.
Day Three: We visited the Duanvale community where we worked with Pastor Terrance Gayle, church members and community residents to start the painting project on the new Duanvale New Testament Church of God. We worshiped with residents, provided a hot lunch and distributed clothing, food and hygienic supplies, toys and arts and crafts for Vacation Bible School.
Day Four: We hosted our first We Care Service Appreciation Luncheon at the Royalton White Sands Hotel for 60 teachers and principals from various schools throughout the country. We surprised them with some much needed resources both personal and professional.