Accomplishments of 2014
As many of you are aware; one of our main initiatives is our Annual School Supply Drive which runs from May through early August benefiting kids in Jamaica. Our accomplishments of 2014 included.......a very successful school supply drive where we shipped 8 barrels and 5 boxes of school supplies, 20 sets of computer towers with monitors and keyboards; printers, and a projector to schools across the Island. There was a total of 14 beneficiary schools with whom all the supplies were shared. We had a stellar partnership with Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill (Major sponsor and In-kind donor*) - who celebrated 25 years in business in 2014 and we thank them tremendously, and wish them another 25 years! We are also grateful to our to our media partners Power 106 FM and Irie Jam Radio for their coverage of the drive both locally and in Jamaica; our long-standing shipping partner Trans-Continental Express Shippers, as well Brooks Memorial UMC (drop-off location for the past 3 years) and partner of our first Community Day Festival in 2014. Again tremendous support was shown by Golden Krust who provided food for the event as well as our friends at Grace Kennedy. Other noteworthy contributors were Joe and Jenny Campbell for their huge support a second year whose annual BBQ yielded a large quantity of school supplies. The RKM foundation also stepped up their efforts and collected supplies for donating.
Sponsor-A-Child Tuition:Another major initiative of JAMPACT is our Sponsor a Child Tuition. The combined support of our donors and the "JAMPACT Zerish Mattis Easton Scholarship Fund" provided one-year tuition sponsorship for 12 students!
Advancement In Education Summit 2014/Diaspora Education Task Force: Other impact included an active role in the planning of the Advancement In Education Summit February 2014 in Jamaica. A few of the primary objectives of the summit were -"Encourage the support of education initiatives in Jamaica from private and public commitment in Jamaica and the Diaspora"; "Provide bursaries/scholarships for students and teachers at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels", "Seek professionals/human resources from the Diaspora and friends of the Diaspora to promote the advancement of education in Jamaica"; "Promote among members of the Diaspora the policies for sending educational material/supplies to Jamaica"; " Assist the appropriate entities in Jamaica to build, repair and enhance schools"; "Fostering relationship with the Ministry of Education, Jamaica Teachers' Association and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in Jamaica in hosting the Biennial Education Summit".
CIN Lecture Series:JAMPACT was also proud to once again partner with Caribbean International Network and supported the Annual CIN Lecture Series at the Schaumburg Center for Research in Black Culture on October 29th. Dr. Peter David Phillips, Jamaica's Minister of Finance presented at the milestone Tenth Annual CIN Lecture Series, one of the premier Caribbean events in New York, attracting a cross-section of diplomats, media, business and religious leaders and other noteworthy members of the Caribbean community.
2014 also saw us closing out the year with our Annual Christmas Treat to our beneficiary schools where more than 200 children were feted and provided with a small gift.
All these efforts could not have been accomplished without the continued loyal support of our sponsors, partners, supporter, and friends, and we take this time to thank you once again for all your support and contributions to JAMPACT as we gear up to do it all over again! Our 2015 School Supply Drive will be more strategic as giving opportunity will take on a more virtual role and will be done through on-line giving. Donors will have the opportunity to select school supplies from the site or make a cash donation. Information and link will be posted on our website as well as Facebook and other social media. As we continue to look ahead in 2015/2016; we have received applications from four (4) schools seeking adoption into our Adopt-A-School Program. Our vetting process entails thorough due diligence, dialogue with the schools and a coordinated effort with the Early Childhood Commission in Jamaica. The on-boarding process will require all hands on deck so that we can continue to expand the possibilities - fulfill the PROMISE, feed the POTENTIAL and monitor the PROGRESS - of the children in our homeland! We will endeavor to do even more for undeserved children. Together, WE CAN.
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