Jamaica - Mustard Seed Communities
Mustard Seed Communities is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to caring for the most vulnerable populations in society. Mustard Seed Communities began in 1978 as a home for abandoned and handicapped children on the outskirts of Kingston, Jamaica. They have since expanded and built additional facilities in Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Zimbabwe. The majority of their programs are dedicated to the care of children with serious physical and mental disabilities such as Down syndrome, hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. Mustard Seed Communities also cares for children affected by HIV/AIDS in Jamaica and Zimbabwe. In Jamaica, they have a home for teenage mothers and their babies. Their vision for each apostolate is to create a loving and caring environment to aid in the physical, mental and spiritual development of our residents.
In addition to caring for their residents, Mustard Seed Communities is involved in numerous outreach and community development initiatives in the countries where they serve. Mustard Seed Communities employs over 300 local workers, offering jobs, training and economic viability to people who would otherwise have no opportunity to break out of the cycle of poverty. Mustard Seed Communities strives to introduce skills into the community and to empower its people. They are working towards helping their apostolates become fully self-sufficient through sustainable agriculture. Their hope is that this will improve the quality of life for their residents while fostering a sense of responsibility within the local community.