Who We Are
Integrity Children’s Fund (Integrity/ICF) is a 501C(3) non-profit organization founded in 2002 and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The organization was formed in response to the problem of the relatively high illiteracy rate among Jamaican teenagers.
In the fall of 1999 Major Richard Cooke and Mr. Richard Delisser made presentations to a group of Jamaicans living in Atlanta. This presentation featured the work being done by Operation Restoration and Covenant Community Church to provide a Christian based education to children in the Trench Town (Joy Town) community in Jamaica. Operation Restoration, started by Lorna Stanley, operated a school for remedial learning, and Covenant Community Church operated a basic school. Evidence of the remarkable changes in the lives of children brought about by a Christian education, was clearly visible in the work of these two schools.
In December 2000, Major Cooke re-visited Atlanta and made another presentation, focusing on the needs, particularly financial, to support the school operated by Covenant Community Church in Joy Town.
Arising from these presentations, a core group of Jamaicans living in Atlanta, namely Marcia Sutherland, Wayde and Arlene Marr, Dr. Chris and Jewel Parker, and Karl (President) and Marcia Chambers, committed themselves to provide financial support for the Joy Town schools. This commitment gave birth to the idea and vision of Integrity Children’s Fund, which was incorporated in the State of Georgia, in October 2001.
Having completed the administrative and organizational work to establish ICF, the organization was launched at a church service and luncheon on June 9, 2002 in Atlanta, Ga. Richard Delisser, chairman of the board of Operation Restoration, brought greetings from the school and related the needs of the school. He expressed gratitude on behalf of the children and staff of the school for the initiative taken by Integrity Childern’s Fund and prayed for its success. ICF’s work, he stated was not only about feeding and educating children, but was one that would save a generation of young people from a situation of hopelessness while producing productive and morally conscious human beings for the future welfare of Jamaica and the world.
Since its launch Integrity has grown to now support four schools, three of which are located in Kingston and one in Montego Bay.
What We Do
Integrity Children’s Fund provides over US$ 50,000.00 annually to support the operations of the following four schools, catering to distinct student populations affected by socio-economic hardships: –
- Joy Town Learning Center – a Basic School making inroads in early childhood education in Trench Town, a community where not many such schools exist.
- Operation Restoration Christian School – a Remedial School attempting, with excellent results thus far, the educational rehabilitation of illiterate teenaged students, in the Western Kingston communities, such as Rema and Trench Town.
- Teamwork School – located in Torado Heights, St. James, this school provides education at the Nursery, Kindergarten, Preparatory and High School levels. Their goal is spiritual growth, academic mastery and physical, emotional and social development underpinned by a Christ-centred and Bible-based curriculum. They cater to troubled teenagers from volatile community of Flankers, just outside the Montego Bay airport.
The average annual salary for teachers at these schools is about US $2,750.00!
Looking to the future, Integrity Children’s Fund aims to provide educational support for children in all 14 parishes of the island of Jamaica within the next ten years.