THE STRONG ONES UNITED FOUNDATION
Vision: To create and sustain a consistent channel of educational funding for brilliant students who are financially incapable of furthering their education.
Mission: The Strong Ones United Foundation seeks to find and assist brilliant A/B students in Jamaica with a will to succeed but face financial strugglees and on the verge of completing high school educatio. In addition The Strong Ones foundaation seeks to provide counseling and financial support to complete a tertiary level education. We realize that poverty does affect many students who are capable of making note worthy contributions in society and we hope to change that one child at a time.
Message from the founder:
“Besides taking on students by choice, helping with tuition and books, I did competitions so that smart children with good grades who’s parents or single parent just had it hard making ends meet could have an opportunity to receive some kind of alleviation from the strain of the yearly book lists and tuition expenses. After three years of donations and competitions with no outside sponsorship, I realize the growing number of parents and students from prep and primary school to high school and college who kept asking if I would do the competition again or anything else that would help them get through school. I also knew I couldn't do it all on my own. I decided to make my foundation official so I can do a lot more with the help of other people.
Why do I think this is important you may ask? Well, I saw first hand what a trying student goes through on a daily basis with a parent who struggles financially.
There was a boy I knew who would walk to school without lunch money, without even breakfast. If he got to school with the only money he had for transportation to school, sometimes he didn't have money to get home and he had no choice but to walk. One day on the way home from school he passed out and was brought to the University hospital by a stranger. In all the negatives, he was an A/b student regardless of the gunshots he had to study through at nights and all the abuse from an angry mother and father that he had to endure. With hard work, dedication, a vision of where he wanted to go in life and some financial support for lunch tuition, books, uniform, and transportation, he graduated from high school with honors. He then moved on to college, graduated and is now highly paid in his professional field of choice in the United States.
There are many more like him in Jamaica where education is not free in any way and minimum wage is a meager fifty US dollars($50- $65 based on exchange rate) per week ($6,500 Jamaican dollars). Pass students at times reach out to help some of the very smart ones, head boys/ head girls/ honors students, but sometimes it’s just not enough with high school tuitions being as high as they are and not to mention the list of books that must be purchased, etc. There is a wide uptown/downtown gap in Jamaica and I agree there are many who are fortnate enough to be educated without financial struggle. However, there are still some who are at the top of their class who struggle from day to day or are about to be dismissed from school because their parents cannot afford to pay the tuition.
I want to give struggling, hard working students like the one I mentioned in my short story hope and inspiration to keep going. I also know that its not what you do for yourselves that springs the most fruitful trees, but what you do for others.”
Funding: Strong Ones Foundation is strictly non-profit and currently funded by Freemind Music LLC. The floor is now opened to anyone who wants to step up and lend a helping hand to those in need. The goal this year is to raise, at minimum,three million Jamaican dollars (roughly $30,000.00) in order to afford assistance for students currently enrolled in the program and in order to afford those students on the list. We also accept donations in the form of computers, lap tops, pens, pencils, bags, books, or any educational material via mail or physical drop off in Jamaica and in the state of Flrorida. If youre interested in donating physical items, you may contact us at 954-348-1719.
Plan of Action: Once a student is selcted, Strong One's foundation will continue the educational journey with this student providing financial and emotional support all the way through college for as long as asistance is deemed necessary and as long as the student remains progressive with a heart of success.