The Jamaica Project USA is a faith based 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry dedicated to providing basic necessities such as food, clothing, hygienic needs and basic healthcare to residents in rural communities in the island of Jamaica. We partner with the local community church and school to distribute these necessities while sharing the love of Jesus Christ. We focus on improving the lives of residents, helping the younger generation with the educational resources they need to succeed and showing care to the elderly residents through our home visitation initiative.
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 overwhelming difficult to provide basic needs for their families. They find it difficult to 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. My mom retired so it has become 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, not to mention being afflicted with 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 Higgins Land. So I partnered with my husband Shun Tucker to start this journey. 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".