What’s happening

Updated: May 21, 2020

  • There have been 529 confirmed cases of COVID and 9 deaths.
  • All schools and businesses are closed.  Only supermarkets and gas stations are open. A curfew has been imposed, which the government is enforcing. There is also a special stay-at-home order issued for individuals over 65 and government/private sector workers.



Updated: May 21, 2020

Our team in Jamaica has been working to assist the community, with efforts including:

  • Presenting on and distributing public Health information and flyers about the spread and prevention of COVID-19.
  • Providing much needed food baskets to scholarship recipients and their families.

families need support in Jamaica


$100 will keep a family safe for a whole month.

Those we serve are having to choose between being exposed to COVID-19 if they go to work or imminent starvation if they don’t.  Our relief fund is to keep them from having to go to work in the dump for a full month, which costs $100 per family.

Interested in making a donation? Click the link below.


Updates from Riverton, jamaica

Below we have created a timeline of the updates we have received from our in-country leaders.

Checking in with our country leaders

Date: April 16, 2020

We received this update from our Country Director in Jamaica, Sandrina:

There is a cluster spread at a call center in the parish of St Catherine. 52 [of the 125] cases alone are staff members from this organization. Many of them live in the parish of St. Catherine and as such the Government has placed St. Catherine on a 7 day lock down.

I live in St. Catherine. 

We received this update from our other country leader, Tavian Jones:

Hello from Riverton Riverton Meadows. Spirits are high and persons are following the guidelines and instructions put in place by the government. Emory (pictured right), who just turned two on the 5th of April, is trying to keep her mind sharp by reading a book, a great way to pass the time and learn while being inside. Emory is also practicing social distancing, one of the preventive measures suggested to stop the spread of COVID-19. Why not take up your phone and get in touch with a loved one?

Outreach in riverton

Date: April 11, 2020

We received this update from our Country Director in Jamaica, Sandrina:

Tavian and I met with scholars / family members at the Riverton Baptist Church between 10am and 12pm.

We provided hand sanitizer and an electronic option for the families to sign for the grocery grant. Everything went well and the families were very appreciative.

37 of 41 families met with us today. Tavian and I will make contact with them over the weekend and arrange the delivery.

We did everything possible to ensure the safety of the residents and ourselves. We also re-emphasized the safety protocols  and encouraged them to stay inside and observe curfew.

Thank you for making this a reality for the community, it is highly appreciated.

Hello from Sandrina

Date: April 3, 2020

We received this update from our Country Director in Jamaica, Sandrina:

Update from the prime minister

Date: March 30, 2020

Jamaican’s received this update from their Prime Minister today…

Updates from quarantine

Date: March 23, 2020

Upon coming home from a conference in New York, our Jamaican Country Director, Sandrina Davis, was put into quarantine. We asked her to tell us about what her experience has been like:

It has been 11 straight days since I have been home, this is a new record for me. COVID -19 has shifted everything that I am accustomed to. It is challenging for me because I am usually up and about. It has shifted into focus the things I take for granted or complain about such as the long drive to my son’s school and my office in the days or Sunday morning worship at my church.

These days my heart and mind is on those who:
1. Are home alone
2. Do not have a home
3. Are without safe water for handwashing and drinking
4. Do not have enough food and supplies
5. without internet and cannot continue their education
I am praying that the world heals soon and that we find creative ways to still be our brothers’ keeper.

Updates by country

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