Education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. When children are educated, they develop the skills and confidence to help lift their families out of poverty and build strong communities for generations to come.

Food For The Poor works with the Ministry of Education in the countries we serve to support the communities we work with. We build schools in communities identified by local leaders to support the infrastructure of the Ministry of Education. We partner with public schools and universities to support their work and  allow students to thrive and succeed.

  • A child whose mother can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5.
  • Investing in education can help a country lift its people out of poverty. Over 40 years, equitable access to quality education can help a country raise its Gross Domestic Product per capita by 23%.
  • Haiti’s literacy rate is 60.8% and the enrollment rate for primary school is 57% with fewer than 30% of the students reaching sixth grade.

What We Do

  • Build early childhood schools across Jamaica.
  • Provide teacher training.
  • Provide scholarships at different levels of education.
  • Provide schools with essential infrastructure and resources such as running water, sanitation and playgrounds.
  • Provide schools with desks and chairs, computers, musical instruments, soccer balls and school supplies.
  • Support of school feeding programs.
  • Support of vocational training programs in barbering, landscaping, sewing and carpentry.
  • Support of programs for physically and academically challenged children.



  • Built 33 early childhood education schools across Jamaica
  • Provided 3,000 filled backpacks to children across Haiti and over 150 backpacks to students in Jamaica
  • Distributed 250 computers to schools
  • Provided two vehicles to community centres
  • Trained early childhood teachers to improve education across Jamaica
  • Provided 780 desks and chairs to schools
  • Provided 45,000 pens and pencils to schools in Jamaica
  • Provided more than 10,000 educational books to schools in Jamaica
  • Provided 10 university scholarships
  • Distributed 450 soccer balls to schools
  • Shipped and distributed kitchen and lab appliance to Immaculate Conception High School in Jamaica
  • Shipped and distributed musical instruments to Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica

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Our Community Builders help families with their most basic needs – clean water, food and health care.