Mandeville, Jamaica

Welcome to the Mandeville, Jamaica group page!

 

In Jamaica, our group will work with Mustard Seed Communities, which is a Catholic organization that provides residential care for children with mental and physical disabilities. Because of their disabilities, many of the children who live in this community were neglected at birth. This non-profit organization began in 1978 in Jamaica but since then has expanded to other countries. Its mission is to provide a safe and loving environment for its residents. Mandeville, Jamaica is the newest Mustard Seed community.  Here, our group will spend time with the children who range anywhere from 2-12 years in age. Many of the children suffer from Down syndrome, hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. Mustard Seed also offers outreach programs that provide opportunities for community members to learn new skills in order to become empowered.

During our week in Mandeville, our group will design an art project for the children that consists of painting murals to provide visual stimulation for the kids and to make the environment more lively and friendly. These murals will be painted on their buildings, in the bunk rooms, or the therapy rooms. We will also plan art-based recreational activities with the children. Along with these art projects, our group will help in the daily care of the residents including feeding, reading, and daily prayer.

Your donation directly funds the Gift of Hope community and Mustard Seed’s ministry to children with disabilities.  Our group will receive so much love from this community, and it is through your contribution that we will be able to make an impact on the lives of the children we meet.

Throughout my time here at Spring Hill, I have discerned that working with individuals with disabilities is one of my greatest passions in life. Going to Jamaica and working with Mustard Seed Communities had a huge impact on that as it set my heart on fire for service. I loved working with the individuals at Mustard Seed, and seeing how powerful their happiness and positivity was as it carried them through their days, no matter their struggles or limitations in life. The wonderful people of that community taught me to appreciate the little things in life, and to always stay positive, no matter what obstacles life throws at you. I will be forever grateful for that experience and for the love that was poured out on me throughout the trip!

- Katie Drez ‘17

 
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