HOW WE GOT STARTED - A MESSAGE FORM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JACQUEL TUCKER
WHO WE ARE
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The Jamaica Project USA is a faith based 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry dedicated serving communities in both Jamaica and the USA. Our mission is to transform rural schools and communities in Jamaica by
providing educational supplies and sponsorships, residents with necessities, and completing improvement projects in both the schools and communities in which we serve. We provide resources to
community residents in need in Georgia, USA.
Jacquel & Shun Tucker
Growing up in Jamaica my mom Lydia Edwards was a major inspiration. We were from a rural community called Higgins Land in St. Ann Jamaica. I grew up watching her travel to America and The Bahamas and return with barrels of items that she would share with as many family and community residents as possible. Due to Inflation, residents especially those in rural communities find it overwhelmingly difficult to provide basic necesisties for their families and afford the level of education their children need to ultimately succeed. Growing up in that community, I received a full academic scholarship to the University of Maine which changed my life.
As I became an adult, living and working successfully in the USA, I started assisting my mom with purchasing and shipping items. Once she retired, it became more difficult for her to afford to send all the barrels that she used to. Parallel to this, a lot of the residents that are her age in the community could no longer farm or do the trade work they used to due to numerous health issues. Bottom line, a great need was identified and in March 2015, God placed it on my heart to fulfill my purpose of giving back to rural communities on a much bigger scale, starting with my community, Higgins Land. So I partnered with my husband Shun Tucker to start this journey and we are now serving numerous communities and schools in Jamaica and in the USA.
The younger generation needs to be given better opportunities to succeed and the older generation needs to have their basic needs provided now that they can no longer work. As Christians, we believe that our purpose is to continue the work that Jesus Christ carried out while he was here on earth. The task may sometimes seem daunting at times but we believe "I can do all things through Christ who Strengthens me".