Kel Henriques wrote -
Children of Hope Foundation is an NGO charity based at Gregory Park in Portmore Jamaica. The organisation was founded in 2000 to support Children and Young people that are in dire needs, so to enhance their lives chances.
The Gregory Park Community is one of the older communities of Portmore, Jamaica, it is densely populated with largely low or no income families. In this community a growing number of children and young persons are illiterate or barely literate can be seen roaming the streets. Children often times are unable to attend school because of financial challenges that faces their parents and are always in need of assistance.
Currently Children of Hope Foundation support over 450 disadvantage children and young people aged between 6 and 18 years, many of whom are from the streets, others are from very poor families that are unable to provide some of the basic necessities to support their children's needs. There are many more in the area that need support, but unfortunately the organisation does not have the capacity to support any more. The work of the organisation is to ensures that the children and young people supported, can have some quality in their lives, that they don't go hungry, hence they are given at least one staple meal daily. The organisation provide clothing, books and stationery, so they are able to go to school and overall ensure that the children and young people within the programme are social engaged within their local communities.
The aim of the organisation is to create a positive environment for the Children of the Community, so they can grow and develop into the person that they were created to be, productive member of the society and able to positively contribute in later life.
The organisation has reached a point where it is financially challenged to meet all the basic needs this include paying its monthly rental. It is also seeking to build a centre to permanently house its programmes and to conduct its activities. The Foundation has advocated and identified space (a piece of land) which will be made available to build on.