The negative impact of poverty is most deeply felt by the youngest and most vulnerable part of the community—the children. Like Jesus in Matthew 19, ACE believes it is our duty to welcome these children with open arms, offering them love and protection. We are committed to give the children of our community a chance to break out of the cycle of poverty by empowering them to reach their full potential by being educated, cared for, and in good health.
ACE operates several programs to meet the needs of our children:
Child Sponsorship- Funded by generous sponsors across the globe, the Child Sponsorship Program provides students in need with meals, backpacks, school supplies, school uniforms, shoes, tutoring, healthcare, and even a square foot garden at their house!
Teacher to Teacher- Headed up by Marie Underwood, our Teacher to Teacher Program invites teachers from the US to come and work with our teachers in Jamaica for a cross-cultural exchange. The feedback has been extremely positive and impactful on both ends!
Physical Education- Students in ACE partner schools benefit from weekly P.E. classes which not only give the students the healthy exercise they need, but also provide a positive outlet for their energy and enable them to better focus in class.
Tutoring- Sponsored students receive personalized tutoring. ACE mission trip teams get involved in working hands on with the students in the tutoring program.
VBS- During the month of July, our summer teams host Vacation Bible Schools in various local communities. Together we reach close to 1,000 children through VBS each summer!