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Children's village
Children's Village
The Village is a facility that will be constructed on 47 acres of land at Four Paths (located in Clarendon parish, Jamaica) and is intended to be a safe haven and educational institute for abandoned, abused, neglected or orphaned children ages 0-18 from low-income households. The Village is intended to be a centre for learning, physical growth, psychological/emotional stability, and character building. Great efforts will be placed on treating children with respect and on ensuring that the children feel loved and cared for.
Children's Village in 2016

Children's Village in 2016

First phase of construction of a residence in the Children's Village

First phase of construction
of a residence in the
Children's Village

The Village will consist of a series of individual homes each containing 10-12 children plus a set of "parents". The smaller scale of these homes (when compared to a traditional foster home) will contribute to the feeling that each group is a family unit. The Village will also contain an elementary school that is able to focus on the unique needs of the children in the Village as well as a farm providing the children with work opportunities as well as manual skills that will enable the children to face life on their own.

The primary objective with respect to the Village is to create a passion for higher education among the children accepted into the Village (in much the same way that the Applicant intends to create a passion for higher education in children of low-income households in Canada, as described below under "Activities in Respect of Assisting Canadian Children in Need in the Pursuit of Higher Education").

In order to accomplish this task, EFCCC intends to:
  • Ensure the development of programs designed to stimulate a zeal for academic pursuit. Such programs will include weekend and after-school study programs.
  • Partner with surrounding universities to have children from the Village paired up with university students to develop a mentor/mentee relationship.
  • Ensure that students have the tools and a positive student-teacher relationship to prepare them to move onto higher education.
  • Give a high priority in the Village to both education and character building.
  • Prepare students to understand the advantages of having a university education, keeping in mind the fact that the global marketplace is saturated with numerous skilled and highly educated graduates and unemployed who are vying for the same jobs. Guide them to understand that if they do not have a university degree when entering the workforce, they will have a significantly reduced chance of finding well-paying job opportunities.
  • Create opportunities for tutoring via volunteerism for students who have challenges with homework. Solicit volunteer service from schools that require children to have a certain amount of volunteer hours prior to graduation.
  • Encourage children to get involved with extra curricular activities in order to foster a sense of wholesomeness and continuous education
  • Ongoing preparation and monitoring of academic success will be instilled within the programs and policies of the home.