CRS Partners in Jamaica
Archdiocese of Kingston in Jamaica
The Archdiocese of Kingston in Jamaica covers the western section of the country including the civil parishes of St. Andrews, St. Thomas, St. Mary and Portland. Catholic Relief Services has partnered with the Archdiocese of Kingston on several initiatives including response to Hurricane Dean and the development of the Catholic HIV strategy for Jamaica. The Most Reverend Archbishop Donald J. Reece, DD, presides over the Archdiocese of Kingston in Jamaica. Archbishop Reece is a native Jamaican who was appointed Archbishop of Kingston in 2008. Archbishop Reece is an unfailing supporter of the efforts of CRS, and is committed to helping the poor and disenfranchised in Jamaica.
Diocese of Mandeville
The Diocese of Mandeville comprises the civil parishes of Clarendon, Manchester and St. Elizabeth, which cover the south-central part of the country. CRS has partnered with the Diocese of Mandeville in response to Hurricanes Ivan and Dean, and the diocese is part of the Catholic HIV strategy for Jamaica. Bishop Neil Tidemann, CP, has presided over the diocese since May of 2008.
Diocese of Montego Bay
The Diocese of Montego Bay covers the western portion of Jamaica, including the civil parishes of St. Ann, Hanover, Westmoreland, St. James and Trelawny. Most Reverend Charles H. Dufour, a native Jamaican, has presided over Montego Bay since 1996, and he is very committed to development projects particularly focusing on education and youth programs. CRS has partnered with the Diocese of Montego Bay on several projects, including building sanitation facilities in rural schools, providing homework centers and scholarships, and supporting marching bands.
Mustard Seed Communities
Mustard Seed Communities is a Catholic community-based organization that started in Jamaica, and now has presence in Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Zimbabwe. Their mission statement reads: "Inspired by the healing and caring Ministry of Jesus Christ, we aim through the positive interaction of caring, sharing and training, to uplift the most vulnerable members of society, especially handicapped and abandoned children, and marginalized communities." This organization is led tirelessly by Father Gregory Ramkissoon, a native Jamaican. CRS has partnered with Mustard Seed Communities to provide a space where children with disabilities, children living with HIV, and mothers can receive medical, educational and spiritual support.
St. Patrick's Foundation
The St. Patrick's Foundation seeks to alleviate human suffering and to better the quality of life of the poor through education, skill training and investment in the human person. It also seeks to empower people of poor communities to become self-reliant and to develop into responsible citizens. St. Patrick's is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization serving West Kingston's inner-city areas, and has been recognized as one of the most effective nongovernmental agencies in Jamaica for its achievements in reducing poverty and empowering communities. The foundation operates five human resource centers along with St. Monica's Home for the elderly and those with Hansen's disease (leprosy). CRS supports two of the centers in their peacebuilding and HIV education activities.