The CDFI School at West Haven

In September of 2012, in partnership with the Child Development Agency of Jamaica, CDFI established The CDFI School at West Haven. CDFI’s mission, up until that point, included sending volunteer teams to work directly with the children, providing adaptive wheelchairs, educational and recreational equipment, sensory toys, clothing and other essential resources. In 2011, CDFI identified the need for a more sustainable learning solution for the children and young adults living at West Haven. Thus, the idea of The CDFI School was born.

Through the generosity of our donors, CDFI was able to hire two full-time special education teachers for West Haven. CDFI then made substantial renovations to a small, abandoned school house on the West Haven campus. Today, the teachers provide a customized special education curriculum for the residents of West Haven, but perhaps more importantly, they are a sustainable, tangible representation of God’s love for the special children living at this orphanage.

The CDFI School also provides various extra learning and community inclusion opportunities throughout the year including:

 

To Help

The CDFI School at West Haven is funded solely by individual donations, churches and civic group partners. The School is open and operating full- time, but is not, however, fully funded. Click below to donate or send a child to school.

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"I have visited West Haven twice; once before the School opened, and once after. The difference the school has made, not just in the residents’ lives, but in the atmosphere of the entire facility, amazed me. Residents now have something to look forward to in their day, whereas before the School, they spent most of their days just sitting on the front porch of their cottages, not engaged in any meaningful activity. Also, caregivers now have more time and energy to tend to needier children while others are in school. It has been such a win-win for everyone there."

– Holly Creasey, CDFI supporter