The Rockhouse Foundation transforms the places where Jamaica's children learn and supports the people who teach them.
The Rockhouse Foundation over the past decade has invested US$4 million in projects improving education for the children in the Negril area. Since its inception, the Foundation has completely transformed and modernized five schools: Moreland Hill Primary and Infant Schools, Negril All Age School, Negril Basic School, Little Bay All Age and Infant Schools, Bunch of Stars E.C.I., in addition to the complete renovation and expansion of the Negril Community Library.
Several years ago, the Rockhouse Foundation decided to focus its resources and energy towards improving early childhood education institutions, affirming empirical evidence that all children, but especially poor children, need a solid foundation in order to thrive academically throughout their education and, consequently, as self-determining members of society. After two projects improving facilities and programming in separate rural communities, the Foundation is developing an inclusion model, mixed ability, special needs early childhood school.
The Savanna-la-Mar Inclusive Infant Academy (SIIA), the Rockhouse Foundation’s current construction project, is a brand new school purposely built to service those with special needs in an inclusive environment. The SIIA addresses a demand that has been expanding dramatically, and for which there are no services in the western half of Jamaica.
Through these projects the Rockhouse Foundation directly impacts the lives of thousands of young people and their families.
The Foundation is dedicated to ensuring its contributions to education are meaningful and long-lasting, through underwriting ongoing facilities maintenance, wrap-around on-site support and an early childhood specialist who delivers technical assistance and professional development for the faculty and staff at each of the Foundation's early childhood schools.
The Rockhouse Hotel and its owners underwrite all of the administrative expenses of the Rockhouse Foundation, allowing every cent of every donation to directly support its projects. The Rockhouse Foundation is a New York State-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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Rockhouse Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization