Food For The Poor Builds 100 Schools, Creating a Lasting Legacy in Jamaica
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Aug. 16, 2017) Food For The Poor is making history in the country where it started 35 years ago. The organization has built 100 schools throughout Jamaica, thanks to the generous support of its donors in the United States, Canada and Jamaica.
The school building project started in 2012, when the organization embarked on a very ambitious goal, to build 50 schools in 50 months in honor of Jamaica’s 50th year of independence as its gift to the nation’s future generations.
Five years later, Food For The Poor has doubled the goal of its Jamaica 50 Campaign with the completion of its 100th school, Mount Zion Infant School in St. Ann, Jamaica.
“This is a monumental accomplishment by our donors. We are deeply moved by the outpouring of support we’ve received over the past five years to make this incredible vision a reality,” said Robin Mahfood, President/CEO of Food For The Poor. “None of this would be possible without the Lord, and we are tremendously grateful for His blessings on this organization’s sincere desire to serve the poor.”
The Food For The Poor-Jamaica office and the contractors truly put their heart into this project and accomplished a tough goal, Mahfood said.
The Christian-based organization always has been committed to education. Providing educational opportunities for children whose parents cannot afford to send them to school is the best way to break the cycle of poverty. More than 7,000 children who once attended schools with cramped classrooms, with decades-old pit latrines, decaying desks and chairs, and limited school supplies have benefited from the campaign.
Through the Jamaica 50 Campaign, 100 crumbling schools that were falling apart have been replaced with beautiful buildings with flush toilets, creating safe and inspiring places for students to learn. The new schools also are beneficial for the teachers and staff, who now are better equipped to help their young students to thrive.
“The best gift of all is the gift of knowledge. It’s touching to know that many who have left Jamaica to pursue their dreams in Canada or the United States have remembered their homeland, the homeland of their parents and of their grandparents to support this school-building campaign,” Mahfood said. “The donors through Food For The Poor Canada have done a tremendous job in supporting this campaign and we can’t thank them enough for their loving support, and to reach this milestone as Jamaica celebrates 55 years of independence is really special.”
Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor primarily in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance. Over the last 10 years, fundraising and other administrative costs averaged less than 5 percent of our expenses; more than 95 percent of all donations went directly to programs that help the poor. For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.
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