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Who We Are

The Shashamane Foundation is a charitable organization established in 1998 in the USA. It is certified as a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt entity under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code to operate exclusively for charitable, educational and other non-profitable causes within the meaning of the aforementioned code. OUR VALUES We are committed to the core principles and […]

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Our Partners

The Jamaica Rastafarian Development Community (JRDC) is a charitable membership organization established in Ethiopia in 1991, by members of the diaspora repatriate community in Shashamane, for the purpose of : A) representing the collective interest of the community to the authorities; B) participate with the support of its overseas partners in addressing some of the […]

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Salaries for Teachers

With annual operational budget of U.S. $43,000 for 2019 -2020 there’s an urgent need for the school to attain a greater level of self-sufficiency as soon as possible. Our U.S.A. Based Shashamane Foundation face the challenge and have assumed the responsibility of subsidizing and underwriting 60% or $25,800 Annually = $2,150 per month of the […]

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Facility Upgrade

NEW KINDERGARTEN FACILITY JRDC School is now required by the Bureau of Education to relocate their Kindergarten School facility in an area separated by specified distance, from the Elementary School facility. This old 20 year old KG facility is outmoded and its materials of traditional wattle and dab have depreciated to the extent that it […]

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Teaching Materials

Educational Tools and Equipment – SCIENCE KITS Science Kits are needed for Grade 7 and 8 Students , to include Microscope and testing chemicals: Total Cost: $2000 Printers for Computer Library Total Cost $600 Copy machine for Administration Office $1500   Donations in Checks or money orders may made out to Shashamane Foundation PO BOX […]

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Health & Nutrition

This is a lunch program to provide both undernourished children and  to sustain healthy children through the  provision of a nutritious holistic meal each  day of  the school year. The budget includes purchase of food items for the school year. $3,409 or $340 per month or$68 per week for 384 Children. This we envision as […]

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Salaries for Teachers

With annual operational budget of U.S. $43,000 for 2019 -2020 there’s an urgent need for the school to attain a greater level of self-sufficiency as soon as possible.

Our U.S.A. Based Shashamane Foundation face the challenge and have assumed the responsibility of subsidizing and underwriting 60% or $25,800 Annually = $2,150 per month of the operational budget of the JRDC school.. This is a formidable ongoing challenge for our grassroots fundraising efforts through our community of friends, family and well wishers.

Can you become one of 50 dedicated monthly partners with the Shashamane Foundation and commit $45 each month which could easily cover this 60% cost for 2019 ?

Let us demonstrate to all what a few committed individuals can do for so many in need.

Or can you be even one of 250 giver participants , giving $100 each ?




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JRDC School

The Jamaica Rastafarian Development Community (JRDC) School is located in Ethiopia in the city of Shashamane. This community organization is registered as a local Charity with NGO Status. The Kindergarten and Elementary school represents the first phase of the organization’s community development (NGO) Education project, which has been underway since the year 2000.

Its early beginnings can be traced to the home schooling of the children of early settlers on the Shashamane Land Grant. This all started in 1970s at the humble homes of Rastafari brethren Daniel “Bro. Flippin” Leach and followed by Karl Hamilton both of Jamaican nationality. The responsibility of educating their young children in this rural, remote, non-English-speaking environment, was a number one priority for the newly arrived English-speaking settlers .

In the early 1980s this home schooling operation was fully assumed by Brother Karl Hamilton, a trained teacher from Jamaica and New York . With limited and scarce resources he conducted classes under a shady tree in his yard, with the students sitting on flat stones and make-shift wooden benches. Bro-Karl was an excellent teacher and taught his students well including Bible Knowledge. His favorite and often repeated class-room nursery rhyme and mantra was “silver and gold will vanish away, but a good education will never decay”.

In the early 1990s, brother Albert “Teach” Allen, a trained teacher from Jamaica arrived with a plan to establish a school and soon assumed the responsibility of expanding the effort and vision by relocating the school of 15 students, into a 15’ X 30’ zinc-shed on the premises of the Twelve Tribes of Israel HQ. Bro. Karl Hamilton continued as a volunteer teacher and Sister Janet McLaughlin was brought on board as a volunteer teacher/secretary.

In late 1991, for the fourth time since its founding, the school was relocated into a newly-constructed two room adobe building at its current 3-acre site, on land given free-of-cost by a member of the community in support of the community’s development effort. There 45 students and the 3 teachers were also joined by Yoseph “Mamoosh Leach, a son of one of its early initiators, Donald Leach.

With the establishment of the community organization, The Jamaica Rastafarian Community (JRC) in 1988 at the behest of Vernon Carrington AKA Prophet Gad , the community organization developed with the assistance of settlers on the ground and the Shashamane Foundation, into a full fledged NGO with the addition of the word Development to its name and was registered as the JRDC.