A global initiative to raise funds to upgrade the infrastructure of early childhood and
primary schools as well as teacher development in Jamaica.
The Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force (JDETF) has partnered with organizations
in Jamaica and in the Diaspora to raise US$2million to upgrade the infrastructure of
early childhood and primary schools in Jamaica. Some of the proceeds will also seek to
offer professional development and training for teachers.
The fundraising campaign is an inter-parish competition among Jamaicans across the
globe. Donors will compete to raise funds for their respective parishes. The fundraising
period begins November 1, 2016 and runs through January 31, 2017, following an
official launch in Jamaica in November 2016.
Shortly after the culminating event on January 31, 2017 will be the declaration of the
parish winner of the competition. At the end of the donation period the donations are
tallied by parish and the parish that has raised the most money is declared the winner.
The campaign is part of a larger 5-year fundraising plan envisioned by the JDETF that
will see the Jamaican Diaspora community of three million strong play a greater role in
the development and transformation of education in Jamaica.
The primary goal is to fundraise for US$2million for the capital improvement of early childhood and primary schools across Jamaica.
The intent is to:
Engage the Jamaican Diaspora, primarily in the larger populated areas in the
United States, Canada, and Great Britain, in a giving campaign to fund education initiatives across the island.
Specifically, the 2016-2017 fundraising campaign is a US$2 million Jamaica
Diaspora inter-parish competition to rally Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica to support this effort.
The campaign will run from November 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017.
On November 1, 2016, persons may donate online, via check and indicate the parish that the funds should go to,
or in person at pledge2build locations.
At the end of the donation period the donations are tallied by parish and the parish that has raised the most money is declared the winner.
The Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force (JDETF) was borne out of the 5 th Biennial Diaspora Conference held in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 2013, under the leadership of Leo Gilling, the immediate past Diaspora Advisory Board Member for the West/Mid- West USA. The JDETF determined that partnership and collaboration with stakeholders in Jamaica should be included in the plans and mission towards contributing to VISION 2030. The task force members span the USA, Canada and the UK, and has benefitted from the support, participation and leadership of organizations in the Diaspora such as the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (UJAA), Jamaica Impact, Inc. (JAMPACT), Jamaica Awareness Association of California, (JAAC), and in Jamaica from such organizations as the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA), the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MoEYI) and Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College (SSTC).
The major partners in this initiative are:
National Education Trust (NET)
Jamaica National Foundation
Victoria Mutual Building Society
The major supporters in this initiative are:
Jamaica Teachers Association
Power 106 FM
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information
Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (USA) INC. (UJAA)
Consul General Miami - Franz Hall
Ambassador to the United States - Audrey Marks
Consul General Canada - Lloyd Wilks
Consul General Office New York
High Commission UK
High Commission Canada
Dr. Sue and You
Connect to Higher Education Electronic Tools Applications and Help (CHEETAH)
Explore Caribbean! Consulting
Pledge2build was borne out of the message of Jamaica’s National Pledge.
The National Pledge offers a road-map for building a stronger nation. As we 'pledge the love and
loyalty of our hearts, in the service of our fellow citizens’, we realize that as a group we
must be of service to our students, our children. In order to ensure that they can ultimately play their role and realize their talents,
we first need to pledge our support and donate to provide adequate infrastructure and educators to nurture their growth.
Our students are in the classrooms working diligently, essentially playing their part inthe pledge.
Will you do your part and pledge2build?
Everyone can donate …Jamaicans, friends of Jamaica…far and wide.
The donation period for the 2016-2017 campaign runs from November 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017. Donations can be accepted as of November 1, 2016
You can donate through various financial receptacles.
ISupportJamaica is a crowdfunding platform which seeks to provide an easy and creative way for Jamaicans in the Diaspora and elsewhere and friends of Jamaica, to provide financial support to projects, both microenterprise and non-profit. Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a campaign or venture by raising small
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Yes, your donations will be tax-deductible in the USA. US residents will be provided a tax receipt if we are provided appropriate contact information.
Donors from other areas may request documentation supporting their donation by contacting us via our website. Please consult your tax advisor regarding the appropriate use of this information.
The fiscal sponsor, The Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (USA) Inc. (“UJAA”), a 26 year old reputable nonprofit organization with its principal place of business located at 1452 President Street, Brooklyn New York 11213. Accounting firm, Crichton Mullings and Associates, serves as independent auditor for this project. The firm will review revenue and expenditure and certify transactions.
The Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (USA) Inc. (UJAA)is the fiscal sponsor for the JDETF. UJAA is a non-profit organization tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) corporation and as the fiscal sponsor will provide the fiduciary oversight, financial management, and other administrative services to help build capacity for the JDETF. In general, UJAA will receive and manage funds, handle the reporting to funders, and ensure legal compliance.
1. Upgrade early childhood and primary schools in each of the 14 parishes in 2017.
2. Provide an international teacher/practitioner development program.
JDETF have implemented processes to ensure transparency and accountability. UJAA,
the fiscal sponsor will receive and manage funds. Contractors will be paid by fiscal
sponsor at each stage of the process. Contractors will be required to submit a
Statement of Work (SOW), completed work and invoice, prior to payment. Crichton
Mullings and Associates will serve as an independent auditor and will certify
JDETF will be providing updates on the status of the funds as raised, on an ongoing basis. This information will be posted on the website www.pledge2build.com .">( Any funds that are collected will be handled by the fiscal sponsor, UJAA..
Yes, the ‘winning’ parish will receive funds to support the infrastructure development for a 2nd school in that parish from funds collected, considering the goal is met. The funds collected will be used to build based on the school with the greatest need. If the overall goal of $2 million is not met, the prize will not be offered.
The National Education Trust (NET) inspects schools within each parish and performs a needs assessment on each. The selection is based solely on highest needs. A selection committee decides on the chosen schools. Schools were recommended by the Ministry of Education, Early Childhood Commission and the use of the National Education Inspectorate report.