The Carmel Moravian School Breakfast
Sometimes our past calls us back to it so that we might make a difference in the lives of the future generations who walk the same path we once walked. I grew up in Jamaica West Indies, and went to school at the Carmel Primary School. I can recall going to school each day; and my breakfast was a piece of yam or dumpling from the previous nights dinner, heated on wood fire. My hot drink was either hot cow's or goat's milk and other times heated cane juice my father made with his wooden mill. I lost my mother when I was 13 and the Carmel Primary School became my refuge and nurtured me through this loss. I was one of the lucky ones, at 15 I went to sit for the Jamaica Local exams and I finished school and moved to the U.S. in 1985 to continue pursuing my dreams.
Through the years, my home has always been in my heart, and in 2012 when I visited my old school- my heart sank to see that many of the students arrive to school hungry each day. They sit through morning classes with their stomachs growling, unable to concentrate and fully integrate what is being taught because their bodies need that morning nourishment. I felt deeply guided to making sure that these students were nourished, I knew that this was one difference I could make, and I told Principal Vendolyn Richards that I would do whatever I could to make sure that every child would be able to begin the day nourished 5 days a week before school.
These children are in such a critical time for their cognitive development. The body and brain need nourishment every day. And if a child's brain never developed fully because it didn't get the nutrients it needed early in life, the effects of hunger-related delays will remain for the rest of their lives. This is an opportunity to literally nourish the growing minds and bodies of the next generations. Give them a chance to reach their fullest potential.
The funding will go towards the following purposes:
1.)- Carmel Moravian School Breakfast Feeding Program Project
The program will :
a. Create new jobs- hiring a cook who will work the Breakfast program five days per week for 100 students from the Early Childhood Center and the Elementary School.
b. Provide a hot healthy breakfast five days per week for 100 children
c. Produce will be purchased from local farmers supporting the local organic farming movement
d. A camera will be put in place to monitor operations via the web from any location in the World.
2.)- Cafeteria Building. We need your support to do this.
The Church has agreed to give the Land necessary to build the Cafeteria for the school...
Please help give these children the chance they deserve to succeed. Help us to nourish these growing minds- nourish their future....Empowerment starts here.
Should you have an interest in this mission and project please reach out to me for more details.
Thanks in advance for your support .
a.The good news is the man who burnt the school has been arrested.
b. The students started school this morning...the older students will be using the Church building as their classroom
c. Some of the utensils for the breakfast feeding program was in the canteen and was saved.
Sad News :
We lost one storage container, some utensils and all of the food supply which was stored in the Principals office.
I want to thank all of you who are praying for the school,students and their families and those messages that came directly to ask about the breakfast program.
We will give up the fight,I will not loose courage and "The Empowering People Foundation Inc." will continue the work it started in this Community with your help.
We need your Help
Please donate at http://www.gofundme.com/1g4m38
YES The School has been destroyed by fire however the dream continues and we are more determined more than ever the health and empowerment of the Students and families of this community. Help us to feed the students and build a new cafeteria...Thanks.
Breakfast Menu Monday September 14, 2015 Bread and butter with franks and baked beans chocolate tea and ripe banana. Tuesday September 15, 2015 Cornmeal porridge with bread and pineapple. Wednesday September 16, 2015 Warm milk with cornflakes and papaya Thursday September 17, 2015 Mac and cheese with mint tea and ripe banana. Friday September 18, 2015 Salt fish Fritters with milo tea and pineapple Monday September 21, 2015 Warm milk with cornflakes papaya Tuesday September 22, 2015 Cream of Wheat porridge with bread and ripe banana Wednesday September 23, 2015 Bread and butter with franks and baked beans and chocolate tea ripe banana Thursday September 24, 2015 Boiled egg with bread and mint tea with pineapple Friday September 5, 2015 Boiled dumplings and green banana with callalo and papaya
The Breakfast Feeding Program Campaign is a separate from the Media Campaign . The Media Campaign will support the Work I do on the radio and TV Programs... Thank you.
The Breakfast Feeding program started serving Breakfast for this School year on September 14, 2015, As reported by Principal Ushae Daley . Waiting to receive the Monthly Menus that's been served to the Children. She has reported that the higher grade Students are meeting in the Church as their class room. At present we have a total of US $135.00 in the Breakfast account. Your Support and prayers are welcome. The updates are slow in coming however please be patient as they get their feet stead on the ground. Thanks. Daphne Clarke-Hudson
Thanks to " Basil Buddhacat" for his donation of $5.00
Thank you to "Strange Man" one of my TV Show supporters from Danbury CT. for his donation of $12.00
I want to thank Shahn Ahmad all the way from the UK for her donation $200.00. This is a pleasant surprise. Looking forward to the time when you will be teaching these students YOGA.. Blessing and Success to you.
Merry Christmas http://youtu.be/NF4nk8bRRYI
Thank you so much for the updates. It is wonderful to know the little bit we donate can help these children each day. Thank you Daphne for all you do to help others and for your heart.
We are in need of some serving trays for the Breakfast Feeding Program. Should you get the urge to donate these trays please contact me to discuss details. Thanks in advance.
Principal Daley updated today that last week they were able to feed 40 Students each Morning, Thanks to each of you who have donated to this worthy cause. From the bottom of my heart I thank you on behalf of the Students.
On behalf of the staff , students and parents of Carmel Primary School i want to express our gratitude to Daphne Clarke-Hudson ,her team and the many sponsors who came on board in order for the students at the school to be served a nutritious breakfast in the mornings. We are very thankful and hope that many more persons will see the need to sponsor this program to keep it going. God Bless
Day two went well we served 30 meals . Students are very excited that they are able to get a hot meal before class starts. Two more day before I return to the USA will keep you updated.
We launched the breakfast PROGRAM on September 3rd 2014 we server 35 meals on the first day ...what a blessing, thanks to each of you for your donation.
This Month we are celebrating six years on the www.BlogTalkRadio.com Platform. We are therefore asking for your support in reaching our goal to launch the Breakfast Project September 2014. Do you have other skills and or talent which can benefit our organization? please contact us.
Merry Christmas to All of you who visit our page. On December 20th 2012 I had a telephone Meeting with the Principal Ms Richards from the Carmel Moravian School. She wanted to confirm that I am still moving ahead with the Breakfast feeding program? In her own words I am dreading the thought of the Students coming to School hungry again. I reassured her that the Children will not be hungry for long because I am putting every effort to make sure that does not happen. Please, Please, Please help me keep my word to the Students at the Carmel Moravian School. Thanks for your Donation.
The students at the Carmel Moravian School need your support in providing a hot healthy breakfast five day per week. Please donate what you can; every dollar counts and I am depending on YOU!