The Educational Foundation for Children’s Care Incorporated (EFCCI) in Florida, has embarked on a project to assist children in Jamaica.
This non-profit organization, which was officially launched on February 12 at the Signature Grand in Fort Lauderdale, has acquired 47 acres of land in Four Paths, Clarendon, on which the Foundation is proposing to construct ‘Eden Valley Village’, which will have family homes, vocational institutions, shops and farms.
It is proposed that revenues from the shops and farms will help to support the children housed at the village.
The purpose of the EFCCI is to provide support for disadvantaged and disenfranchised children in communities throughout Jamaica, according to the President, Dr. Hugh W. Crarey, of South Florida.
The Education Foundation is partnering with the US based children agency, International Children’s Care (ICC), headquartered in Washington. The ICC now works in 18 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa, providing assistance to orphaned, abandoned and needy children.
Educational Foundation for Children’s Care Incorporated is the brainchild of Dr. Crarey, a retired lecturer, and Dr. Leon Wellington, Vice President of Inter-American Division of General Conference of Seventh Day Adventists, and comprises a committee of a cross-section of members of that denomination in South Florida and Jamaica.
Jamaica’s Consul General, Ricardo Allicock, in addressing the launch, said that while the EFCCI was a worthwhile project, Jamaica could not achieve its full potential without the full commitment of every interested Jamaican, whether at home or abroad.He congratulated the founding members for their commitment and patriotism in uplifting Jamaica, and endorsed the efforts of the EFCCI.