One Love 4 Kids
Rating: 4.68 stars 60 reviews
Location: PO Box 2704 % Shernet Dixon James Germantown MD 20875 USA
Results: In 2011, One Love 4 Kids (formerly Caribbean Student and Community Outreach (CASACO) Foundation provided food, clothing, health, and education supplies tom more than 500 children in Kingston, Jamaica. In the summer or 2012 One Love 4 Kids held its first Summer Literacy Outreach Program. The program served 40 registered children (and a few unregistered). Children were tutored by volunteers to improve basic math, reading and literacy skills. During daily sessions, children were fed a warm lunch. Al the end of the program, children were awarded with school supplies and books.
Target demographics: Inner City children that that sick, abused, disbaled and living in poverty.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 300
Geographic areas served: Jamaica
Programs: OL4K Help: Providing various supplies and funds to support meal distribution, education, health and community enhancements programs that support students Read to Succeed: We donate books and provide resources to needy children and school libraries Lamar’s Chair/Exception Children Network: Providing support to children with disabilities and their families Parent Partnership: Providing resources and support to impoverished families and families with children with disabilities
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I met Ms. Shernet Dixon of the CASACO Foundation over the telephone back in October or November of 2010. She wanted to donate some items to approxiamately three (3) schools in Jamaica and to host a Christmas treat for children in one (1) community. Being a non-profit organisation, she wanted assistance in getting the items cleared from the wharf when they got to Jamaica, I advised her that she would need to contact the schools and have them write a letter to the Mnistry of Education in Jamaica and they would provide a waiver for the Government taxes. She called me several days later to say that the school principals aren't being helpful because when she told them list of items and that the items will have to be shared among the three (3) schools they wouldn't write to the Ministry of Education unless they were receiving ALL of what she had listed. Any normal person in my view would say to themselves,
"these people are greedy and selfish and I wont have anything more to do with them"
Needless to say, this was not her view, she called me back and asked,
"How can we help the children without involving the principals?"
I advised her that she can send all the documents along with a list of the items to me and i would show it to my supervisor and if he found the items acceptable for schools she could ship them to the Ministry of Education, Jamaica and we could provide the waiver from the Mistry and she could collect the items and deliver them to the students herself. That is what she did. she was RESILIENT. She never gave up when the going got rough.
One last thing, she called back to say THANKS, being a Government employee, it is viewed that the service we provide is our job and therefore we need not hear 'thank you' for doing your job. Ms. Dixon did not think that, she realised that without my help she would not have been able to do what she did and she called to say 'THANK YOU'.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
helping Jamaican children getting much needed school supplies including books, pencils, pens, backpacks, shoes and other educational items.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
i cant think of any changes i would make, the person in charge is a person of character and once the head of an organisation has character then everyone else will too.