With no government assistance at the early childhood level, Little Angels Learning Centers (LALC) fill the need of Jamaica's inner city & rural poor by providing a low-cost, high quality early childhood education to the children in these communities. The school experience at Mustard Seed Communities includes 2 wholesome meals a day & exposure to an inclusive spiritual environment. This project provides the funding for the educational & nutritional needs of 100, 3-6 year old children for 1 month.
In Jamaica there is no government assistance at the early childhood education level. Instead, there are individual grants awarded to certain students in need. Without Mustard Seed Communities' Little Angels Learning Centers (LALC), students who do not obtain individual grants may not be able to attend an early childhood education program at all. At LALC in 2016, education & nutrition costs for the year came to $690 USD per student with a small contribution of $25 USD asked for from the families.
This project allows the monthly cost of education ($44 USD) and nutrition ($28 USD) to be covered for 100 underprivileged children. Donations cover the salaries of our three, highly qualified teachers, the cost of school supplies, classroom outfitting, and general operations, as well as two nutritious meals a day for each student. The need is vital especially with the student population on the rise.
By providing these children with a high quality education early on, they are able to nurture their mental, physical, and spiritual selves at a crucial time in their development. We stand by the belief that every child has the right to an education and that it is the key to rising out of poverty. This project gives 100 underprivileged, Jamaican children that very opportunity not only through an education but also by providing the proper nutrition that many of them would otherwise go without.