United For Jamaica
3075 Stone Oak Drive
Douglasville, GA 30135
(404) 5331248 · Phone
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jason Walker 678 768 3779
Email: [email protected]
United For Jamaica has Hurricane Relief Drive for victims of Hurricane Wilma
Hurricane Wilma plowed through the Caribbean into the United States leaving in its wake death and destruction. Jamaica was one of the countries hit hard by the very powerful Hurricane. Causing mudslides, wide spread flooding and other disasters throughout the island, Wilma was responsible for the destruction of miles of infrastructure and many buildings.
One of the structures that fell victim to Wilma was the KIDS CAMP (Early Childhood Institution) May Pen, Clarendon in Jamaica. The average student population is 98, it normally increases to approximately 120 by the Easter Term. The Kids Camp Early Childhood Institution is registered and supervised by the Ministry of Education. The Programme caters to children 3 months to 8 years. It has served the parish of Clarendon with experience and commitment for over 9 (nine) years. Principal Rev. Annmarie Richards has sent out a desperate plea for help.
United For Jamaica (UFJ) has made the commitment to do what the organization can to help the educational institution. UFJ has begun a necessary supplies Hurricane relief-drive. The items needed by the educational institution are as follows:
· A portion of the ceiling needs to be repaired. It has 4 rooms (approximately 20×20, 8×10, 20×20 each), zinc, wooden planks, nails, Ply board, etc. The Fire Brigade had to knock out the Fence in some areas to allow water to flow out,this will have to be repaired( 300 Blocks , Cement, steel etc). In addition labor cost.
· CD PLAYERS,CASSETTE PLAYERS,DVD PLAYER,GAMES
· CASSETTES (Bible stories, children’smovies,sing-a-longs,teaching aids, Include spanish for young children)
· Television Set/Video PLAYER
· Classroom Furniture – chairs, tables,(ready to assemble cupboards, cubbyholes) play equipment Indoor / Outdoor play equipment (ready to assemble)
· Books for classrooms/library (big books, small books, teaching materials)
· Toys – (all sizes, including stuff toys, puzzles, building blocks)(all sizes) etc.
· Crayon Paint, Glue, Markers, Charts, Classroom decorations etc.
· Mattresses for cribs. Cribs Changing tables for Diapering.
· Play Pens
· Sheets Pampers, towels/rags, Crib bunkers, Blankets(for the Rainy season)
· Sleeping Mats, Floor dividers(foam) for activities
· Musical Instruments (some of the Congo drums were water soaked and some washed away.) The music department has been doing very well.We have won the Gold medal in drumming (JCDC) for the youngest child in the comepetiton 2years in a row.(4 and 5 year olds).All instruments are welcomed; New or used.
· Potty’s (for babies)
· Costumes for Dress up and dramatic play Areas – eg: clown suits, cartoon characters etc.
· Food items
· Photo copier/scanner, Laser Printers for at least 3 of the computers
· Laminator to secure our hand made charts from water(like this situation when we have to make them all over again every time it rains as we cannot afford the custom made ones in the stores)
· A refrigerator/Freezer( the one we have had to be thrown out as it was not working properly)
· 2 Microwave ovens ( one for the daycare department. and one for the Students in the Preschool
· Our School needs a Projector to do PowerPoint Presentations- This will help in the area of using technology to enhance learning.
In Atlanta there are drop off locations throughout the city where one can leave any of the necessary items listed. The locations are as follows:
· Chris’s Caribbean Cafe, 1020 East-West Connector, Austell Ga. 678 305 7080
· Four Seasons Music and More, 4855 Memorial Dr, Stone Mountain GA 30083. 404 508 0333
· Negril Caribbean Cuisine, 180 Auburn Ave, NE, Atlanta, 30303. (404) 827-9838
· Vibes Kids Wear, 971 N. Hairston, Suite 1-A, Stone Mountain Ga, 30083. 770 873 1838
United For Jamaica has made appeals for cooperation from other organizations such as the Jamaican Consulate in Atlanta, Jampact in New York and Jamaicans.com in Florida and all lovers of the Caribbean everywhere.
United For Jamaica (UFJ)- a non-profit organization run by a collective of dedicated and progressive individuals looking to do practical projects that impact people in a positive manner.
As members of not just the Jamaican, but the Caribbean and West Indian communities, UFJ’s projects serve many and its membership outreach target those who look to serve communities in need, no matter their nationality.
Mission Statement: The goal of United for Jamaica is to foster relationships between committed individuals and interest groups who will join in efforts to better the health, education and living conditions for the citizens of Jamaica.