Site Location – Kingston Teams fly into Montego Bay on Saturday followed by a 4 hour scenic shuttle bus ride to Kingston which includes a stop at a local Jamaican restaurant. Upon arrival, teams check into their hotel for 4 nights. After completion of service days, teams return by bus to Montego Bay for 2 days of rest and reflection at Sunsets Resort.
Hope Valley Experimental School – This was Mission Jamaica’s first service site in 1990. It was the first school in the Caribbean that incorporates children with special needs into the classroom and serves over 900 students K-6th grades.
What we do at HVE – HVES has opportunities to serve on construction and maintenance projects at the school. Past projects have included construction of covered outdoor seating, building handicapped accessible walkways, repair/replace of fencing, painting, playground and track-field updates, classroom tutoring and student interaction during recess and gym.
Callaloo Mews Basic School – The 2008 season marked the beginning of this great new partnership for Mission Jamaica. Our contact with Calalloo is Angie Sims, former principal of Maranatha Basic School. She has reached out to residents of this community with the Good News of Jesus Christ while providing a Christian Basic School for children in the area. A Basic School in Jamaica is similar to a preschool with 3-5 year-olds. All children are required to attend Basic School. However, transportation, cost of uniforms, and the inability to pay for lunch may cause parents to hold their children back.
What we do-Missionaries provide maintenance, painting, some construction and have interaction with the basic school children and teachers.
Calalloo Mews is a below poverty level, residential community of “squatters”, set up by the Jamaican government, and is located on the edge of Kingston in an industrial area. Approximately 800 people live in Callaloo Mews. 80% have no running
Calalloo Mews Community is located 20 minutes from our hotel.
What we do in Calalloo Mews -2013 was our first year to start and complete a J’bode project in the community. Our 2014 goal is to continue to offer homes to this areas based on local J’Bode organization and planning. A sewing clinic will continue to encourage cottage industries within the community that one day may be a source where residents can purchase school uniforms at a reduced cost.
The Earth Angel Breakfast Feeding Program -A program started by Ms. Angie Sims to provide a nutritious breakfast program for the students within the community and was extended to provide meals to the elderly and shut in for the Waterhouse community. Children served come from below poverty level homes and have a very difficult time learning while at the Calalloo Mews Basic School due to their extreme hunger.
What we do-Teams members have the opportunity to rise early to prepare and distribute breakfast daily while interacting with the community. 50 to 150 children will receive breakfast based on availability of food. Following breakfast, team members will be transported to their daily work site for the day.