Help Support Our Various Projects
- Back to School Drive
- Tutoring Support
- Student Sponsorship
- School Feeding Programmes in Basic Schools
- Literacy Development
Donate to our current event " Back to School Drive". We are helping 300 Primary Students with their back to school needs. We all have the power to impact the nation of Jamaica by starting with one child. Join our Back to School Drive by acquiring and donating stationery items for Primary Level, Exercise Books, Backpacks & Masks. We have locations in Kingston and Mandeville if you wish to drop off donations.
Students who are selected for sponsorship must maintain an average performance score of at least 60%. Upon selection, a baseline profile is documented and areas of low performance are flagged for tutoring support. The objective of the tutoring programme is to strengthen students’ academic performance to assure on-grade-level performance.
Intervention may take various forms:
1. Pull-out sessions supported by a resource room instructor.
2. Guidance of the class teacher for in-class support
3. After school tutoring of the student.
Working collaboratively with teacher training institutions, Hands in Unison will mobilise instructors through community service or internship placements.
School Feeding Programme in Basic Schools
The early years of a child’s life represent the period of most rapid brain development. Studies generally show that those children who suffer from early malnutrition have poorer IQ levels, cognitive function, and school achievement, as well as greater behavioural problems. Efforts to influence the educational achievement of students, therefore, need to give attention to their dietary health in the early years. Nationally, this principle is recognised by the Ministry of Education, but operationalizing the principle requires the support of community stakeholders, especially in vulnerable communities.
Hands in Unison works with community stakeholders to mobilize material resources to support breakfast programmes to give students a good start to their day, promote learning, and cognitive development. Functioning as a link between donors and beneficiaries, Hands in Unison monitors accountability and impact. Partnerships will be cultivated with organisations in the foodservice industry to garner supplies, provide guidance in dietary planning and meal preparation.
Illiteracy functions as a barrier to continuing education and workforce integration for many young persons. Their lack of functional literacy limits their access to many mainstream opportunities for skill development training or job placement, leading to marginalization and a feeling of low self-worth. This intervention must be provided in a context that cultivates supportive and caring relationships that will rebuild their self-concept and belief in their own strengths and abilities.