The Oracabessa Foundation was founded in 1995 to be a catalyst for the sustainable development of Oracabessa and its environs. Our three core goals are: (1) More People Working; (2) A Healthy Bay; (3) Positive, Engaged Youth.
Our youth development initiatives centre around 25 Basic Schools and 17 Primary Schools in the Western St. Mary area which house well over 5000 students. The Foundation also works closely with and supports the Jacks River H.E.A.R.T Training Centre which provides vocational training for local youth.
Other Foundation projects include the Oracabessa Bay Fish Sanctuary, Two Wheels One Love Programme and the Eden Park BMX Track.
General School Supplies:
Colored Popsicle Sticks, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Elmer’s Glue, Felt Letters, Finger Paint, Glitter Glue, Glue Sticks, Jumbo Crayons, Magnetic Letters, Mounting Tape, Paint Brushes, Pipe Cleaners, Push Pins, Sidewalk Chalk, Staplers, Staples, Water Color Paints and Brushes, and Wooden Letters
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English)*Age-Appropriate Story Books (for ages 6 through 12 years old)
Blocks, Hand Puppets, Legos, Play-Doh, and Puzzles
Bean Bags, Netball/Basketballs, and Soccer Balls
Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.