From the beginning of our church planting efforts, we have worked to develop local leadership and local programs that would assist the Jamaican church to have long range success and sustainability. As part of a complete church planting effort, the next step for the Old Harbour Church is to start a Pre-school/Kindergarten program.
1. To introduce students and parents to the Church and to ChristEvery program we have started in Old Harbour is to introduce people to the Church and to Christ. This includes Houses of Mercy, Child Education Sponsorship, and Sport's Ministry.
2. To educate childrenBased on the research that we have conducted, there is a significant need for early childhood learning opportunities for families in the Old Harbour community, where less than one child in four are able to attend a pre-school program. Thus, these children are not adequately prepared for school and quickly fall behind.
The total amount needed to Finish and Furnish the school is $144,000. The school's Start-up Budget is a large part of that amount. A detailed listing of Start-up items is contained in the last two pages of our Business Plan for the school. The Start-up budget includes funding for the purchase of: 24 activity tables, 144 chairs, student computers, industrial playground equipment, teacher's desks, office equipment and furnishings, and 3 month's salary for the teachers and the principal.
George Haden, from NorthEast Christian Church secured donations for the fire extinguishers that are on the school's "Start-up" list.