Jamaica Basic Schools Foundation UK



Our vision is to adopt further Basic Schools with the aim of helping them to meet the standard legislative requirements across the Island. We want you to share in our commitment and encourage you to participate in this worthwhile cause.


Why not put your time to good use as a Volunteer for our organisation. Let us know what your skills are and one of our team will definitely get back to you. Please go to the events page and fill out our volunteer form.


The Charity are happy to assist in sending over relevant educational materials, equipment that will serve a purpose to Schools in Jamaica. If you wish to donate such materials please contact us.


You can donate money by using the Donate Button below.

Make A Donation

Why Donate?

In Jamaica, the Schools within the Basic School sectors suffer from severe shortage of adequate learning material and resources which are crucial for early childhood development. Resources that are taken for granted in developed countries are not readily available to those needy schools. Some of the schools, in particular those in the more rural areas have to function under conditions of poor ventilation and lighting, inadequate furniture, poor kitchen and toilet facilities and deteriorating buildings. Such conditions are not conducive to providing an environment with supports the learning process.

The Basic schools in Jamaica need your help to fulfil their potential. It is envisage that we will adopt further basic schools with the aim of promoting model schools across the island – helps us to accomplish a lot more! We want you to share in our commitment and encourage you to participate in a worthwhile cause.

For more information please contact us.

Our UK Food Project

Nourishing Families, One Meal at a Time

We’re passionate about making a difference in the lives of families, not just in Jamaica but right here in the UK. Introducing our Food Project, an initiative designed to combat food insecurity and ensure that every family has access to nourishing meals.

In the UK, many families face the challenge of putting food on the table every day. The Food Project is our response to this pressing issue, aiming to provide vital support to those in need. Whether it’s a single parent struggling to make ends meet or a family facing unexpected financial hardship, we’re here to lend a helping hand.

There are two main ways you can support our Food Project: through food donations and monetary contributions. Your food donations, whether non-perishable items or fresh produce, help us stock food banks and community kitchens, ensuring that families have access to essential groceries. Alternatively, monetary donations enable us to purchase nutritious food items in bulk and distribute them to those who need them most.

Join us in our mission to nourish families and build stronger communities. Your support, whether through food donations or financial contributions, can make a real difference in the lives of families facing food insecurity across the UK.

Together, we can ensure that no family has to go hungry, and every child can grow up with the nourishment they need to thrive.

Cherish Your Parish!
How is it different?

Cherish Your Parish! How is it different?

Other than continue to support our events or donate monies directly to the charity, you can now also make a personal impact…

This new innovative idea was launched at our last Charity Fundraising Ball in November 2007 in response to popular demand. The Jamaica Basic Schools Foundation (UK) is pleased to offer you a unique opportunity to ‘give back’ to your local community in Jamaica. The’ Cherish Your Parish’ scheme allows you to play a vital role in the development of basic school education in the parish from which you originate or to which you hold allegiance to funds raised from our annual Family Fun Day and Fundraising Charity Ball events are used to finance and assist different basic schools’ projects across all 14 parishes of Jamaica. Under the ‘Cherish Your Parish’ scheme you have the added choice to make a difference by Making a personal donation of Fifty Pounds (£50.00)* or more to be applied to the Parish of your choice.

*A donation of £50.00 can help to provide basic teaching materials such as books, pens and pencils, etc.

How does it work?

It’s as simple as A, B, C…

A. You send us your donation by cheque: Make it payable to Jamaica Basic Schools Foundation (UK). Please clearly state on the back of the cheque your name, address, email address, contact telephone number and the name of your preferred parish.

B. We acknowledge your donation: We will send you a personal thank you for your contribution.

C. We notify you: Through regular updates on our website and at our annual fundraising charity events how your donation has contributed to the development and improvement of the schools in your parish in Jamaica.

If you would like to make a positive difference to the lives of children in your ‘home’ parish then this is the scheme for you! For further information and details on how to make your’ Cherish Your Parish’ donation, please contact JBSF on 020 8406 1914 or write to us at Croydon CR0 2ES.

School Resource & Upgrade Grant

For our anniversary, we are offering qualifying basic schools across Jamaica a small grant of £300 each.


The following Terms & Conditions apply:

  1. Your school must be registered with the Ministry of Education.
  2. Grant must be used exclusively for the purpose set out in your application.
  3. Supporting information outlining the purpose the grant will be used for MUST be conveyed
  4. JBSF will use your school’s name in its publicity materials.
  5. The grant will not be increased if there is an overspend.
  6. Your school will acknowledge JBSF’s grant in all official reports.
  7. All financial records including official receipts must be kept for at least 2 years after grant is received. These must be made available upon request from JBSF.
  8. Grant must be spent within 2 months of receipt.
  9. The school must have or be working towards opening an account with Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) in order to receive the grant.
  10. There must be before and after pictures to show use of funds.

Charitable donations in honour of:

Doreta McLune

MAKE SURE to put Doreta’s name in the reference so that they can count your donation against her name.

What happens next? These donations will go to the Jamaica Basic Schools Foundation UK.

About Doreta

Doreta placed great importance on education.  She put herself through evening classes, learned shorthand, bought a typewriter, and practiced both until she passed exams and landed herself a job as a secretary. 

Later in life she learned Spanish, flower arranging, stained glass making, cake decorating, gained numerous qualifications at evening classes whilst working a full-time job, enabling her to provide for her family.

She was widowed and raised 5 children under 8 alone.

Kimikawa De Castro

MAKE SURE to put Kimikawa’s name in the reference so that they can count your donation against her name.

What happens next? These donations will go towards building a school in Fonthill, St Thomas, Jamaica. The organisation plans to keep a running total of donations made in her name on the website.

About Kimikawa

Kimikawa De Castro was a vocal member of Shepherds Bush Ward Panel, through which she fought for better public safety and influenced local policing.

Kimi, as she was known to many, was also a passionate advocate for women’s rights, a mentor to young people and an enthusiastic supporter of community campaigns, while also running her own social enterprise and business consultancy, K4 Innovations.