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The Setting, The People, Survival and Why Portland High School

The Setting

   Portland, Jamaica, near the eastern end of the island boasts a lush, unmatched pristine beauty. Within a short walk or ride from the Portland High School, this unspeakable expression of nature with beaches. blues and greens speaks to the heart of every observer.  


The People

All this natural beauty complements a people with resolve and persistence who never give up on education and work to make the next day better than the previous.

This describes this group of teachers and students who are finally asking for our help to get their classrooms finished - their money has run out.  ANF has learned that they have even tried to assemble and install doors and windows by themselves - just to keep things going – to no avail. 

The Top 3 Challenges For PHS Survival

1) Poverty, in this rural part of Jamaica, is quite high.  Many students are unable to pay tuition, arriving at school without breakfast or even money for lunch.  The school must provide and prepare hot meals depending on gifts and donations to make this possible.  Additionally, the school must help its students with deodorant, shoes, clothing, bus fare for those who live too far to walk.  These day to day student essentials sap the resources that could be used to provide classrooms that these same students need to compete and for the school to expand.

2) As PHS Principal Morrison put it, “there are only three stores and one bank in the area”, so there is no employment opportunity for parents or teens to work. With few resources and lack of training, subsistence farming and fishing just feed the family and leave practically nothing with which to boost the economy.

3) Tuition comes from the approximately 380 private as well as government-sponsored students.  Recently, the government, through the Ministry of Education, was forced to cut funding for 250 PHS students  due to its own financial challenges -- a crushing blow to PHS's operations. Everyone at PHS is saying, 


“We cannot turn these students away.  Where else will they go?” 


PHS needs your generous help to build stronger sustainability measures - adding new and also expanding on existing revenue sources to exceed the lost funding.


Your Prayerful and Generous Donations are Truly Appreciated!

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3 More Reasons To Support Portland High School?

    1)  Destined for failure at a prominent government-operated school nearby, Troy, a student without money for tuition,  found the academic and spiritual support he needed at PHS to graduate and pass 10 subjects on the CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate) – a major accomplishment even for students who have breakfast and a ride to school each day.  Troy is now heading for advanced studies and became the Deputy Head Boy at PHS.
    2) On the other hand, girls like Trudy who graduate from other schools, but are not successful with their CSEC exams, find tremendous academic, Christ-like support that swings open the door to nursing and other professions of their choice while accepting Christ as their personal Savior.
    3) In spite of their personal needs and unfinished classrooms, PHS students eagerly participate in humanitarian activities each year – passing out food baskets, caring for shut-ins, visiting the sick in the hospital, infirmary, touching others in the children’s home and prison.
3 More Reasons To Support Portland High School?
    1)  Destined for failure at a prominent government-operated school nearby, Troy, a student without money for tuition,  found the academic and spiritual support he needed at PHS to graduate and pass 10 subjects on the CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate) – a major accomplishment even for students who have breakfast and a ride to school each day.  Troy is now heading for advanced studies and became the Deputy Head Boy at PHS.
    2) On the other hand, girls like Trudy who graduate from other schools, but are not successful with their CSEC exams, find tremendous academic, Christ-like support that swings open the door to nursing and other professions of their choice while accepting Christ as their personal Savior.
    3) In spite of their personal needs and unfinished classrooms, PHS students eagerly participate in humanitarian activities each year – passing out food baskets, caring for shut-ins, visiting the sick in the hospital, infirmary, touching others in the children’s home and prison.
3 More Reasons To Support Portland High School?
    1)  Destined for failure at a prominent government-operated school nearby, Troy, a student without money for tuition,  found the academic and spiritual support he needed at PHS to graduate and pass 10 subjects on the CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate) – a major accomplishment even for students who have breakfast and a ride to school each day.  Troy is now heading for advanced studies and became the Deputy Head Boy at PHS.
    2) On the other hand, girls like Trudy who graduate from other schools, but are not successful with their CSEC exams, find tremendous academic, Christ-like support that swings open the door to nursing and other professions of their choice while accepting Christ as their personal Savior.
    3) In spite of their personal needs and unfinished classrooms, PHS students eagerly participate in humanitarian activities each year – passing out food baskets, caring for shut-ins, visiting the sick in the hospital, infirmary, touching others in the children’s home and prison.

3 More Reasons To Support Portland High School

Troy    

1)  Destined for failure at a prominent government-operated school nearby, Troy, a student without money for tuition,  found the academic and spiritual support he needed at PHS to graduate and pass 10 subjects on the CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate) – a major accomplishment even for students who have breakfast and a ride to school each day.  Troy is now heading for advanced studies and became the Deputy Head Boy at PHS.

 

Trudy

    2) On the other hand, girls like Trudy who graduate from other schools, but are not successful with their CSEC exams, find tremendous academic, Christ-like support that swings open the door to nursing and other professions of their choice while accepting Christ as their personal Savior.

 

Community Service

    3) In spite of their personal needs and unfinished classrooms, PHS students eagerly participate in humanitarian activities each year – passing out food baskets, caring for shut-ins, visiting the sick in the hospital, infirmary, touching others in the children’s home and prison.


Open to the Elements

Teachers and students in an unfinished classroom – engaged in teaching and learning

Prayerfully Help PHS and More Students Like Troy and Trudy