Providing Safe and Secure Homes for Families in Jamaica

Patrick Richards and his family rejoices in Jamaica after receiving a house from Food for The Poor. The father of five had been raising his children alone in a structure he built himself out of scraps. (Patrick Richards, Joseph, 6, Trisha, 8, Tashana, 12, Aneka, 14, and Andy, 10)

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COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Sept. 4, 2012) — The government of Jamaica is going to help Food For The Poor double the number of homes it builds each month for the poor. This grant will provide hundreds of destitute families the opportunity to have safe shelter for the very first time.

“I cannot put into words what this project will mean for the homeless and families who are currently living in inadequate structures with no running water and no sanitation,” said Robin Mahfood, President/CEO of Food For The Poor. “This is the harsh reality for many on the island, and I truly believe this project is a step in the right direction in providing assistance to Jamaicans in need.”

The 1,200 homes scheduled to be built by Food for the Poor over the next year will be given to poor families  island-wide. Beneficiaries will be drawn from the organization's existing list of applicants, as well as those recommended by churches and community groups. More than 2,000 applications have been submitted for homes through the Food For The Poor office in Jamaica.

Food For The Poor, named by The Chronicle of Philanthropy as the largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor.

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Kathy Skipper
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