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Will you be a champion for the Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf (CCCD)? Every dollar that we raise together helps us fulfill our mission. Our organization depends on the help of people like you!

Our mission seeks to enable full language access (Jamaican Sign Language [JSL] and written English) among the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Jamaica and affirmation in an inclusive community whereby they are empowered to know the Lord, appreciate diversity, and understand the functions of the world.

This year, we have a fundraising goal of US$5000. All donations collected during this fundraiser will go toward providing safer, more secure and comfortable campuses for our students.

All our campus facilities have been crying out for some tender loving care. Many of our buildings are in dire need of repairs. There is depreciation and disrepair in most of our buildings, furniture, fixtures and appliances:

Termite infestation – roof/ceilings/ doors, cupboards
Old furniture
Old bathroom fixtures
Old kitchen facilities
Old electrical wiring
Rat bat infestation
Old kitchen equipment
Old termite infested classroom fixtures

Improving and upgrading our facilities would mean better facilities for our students and staff. The ultimate goal is to continue reaching, teaching, and nurturing the Deaf youth for many more years to come, as we help them transition and integrate into the wider society.

We want you to be a peer-to-peer fundraiser. Peer-to-peer fundraisers help us continue to engage repeat and first time donors by encouraging their network to participate in nonprofit giving. By fundraising with CCCD, you will extend our presence in the community and help us fulfill our mission.

As a peer-to-peer fundraiser for CCCD you will:

1. Use new and existing connections to help reach your fundraising goals.
2. Share our mission with your network.
3. Use your passion for community participation to make it a priority for others.

Thank you!

Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf
8765565125 | jaadmin@cccdjamaica.org

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The Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf

The Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf (CCCD) exists to reach, teach, and nurture the Deaf of Jamaica so that they can experience the joy of knowing Jesus and serving within their community. We accomplish this by operating three residential schools spread geographically across the island (Kingston, Knockpatrick, and Montego Bay) as well as a centrally located Jamaica Deaf Village (Mandeville), which ministers with adult Deaf and their children.

Founded in 1958.
In February of 1957, Reverend Willis Ethridge and his wife, Mildred, left their home in Ontario, Canada. Their mission was to start the Christian Deaf Fellowship Center in Kingston, Jamaica, where they were soon joined by Paula Montgomery, the first deaf American missionary.

Together, the three missionaries were offered a one-year lease of a property in Manchester Parish, Jamaica, where they opened up a school with eight students and a staff of three.

The Knockpatrick Campus.
The school continued to gain momentum and, in September 1962, moved to its present location in Knockpatrick. By 1967 there were 40 students, and today this beautiful campus serves over 80 students.

    The Montego Bay Campus.
In 1990, a second campus was added in Montego Bay, Jamaica, built on 7.5 acres of generously donated land. This school opened in August 1994 with three children, and today it serves around 20 students in our furthering education program (CADE).

The Kingston Campus.
In July 1994, the CCCD reopened the old Christian Deaf Fellowship campus in the heart of Kingston as a new CCCD school. Kingston is home to half the population of Jamaica, as well as many deaf who do not have access to the Knockpatrick and MoBay campuses. Today, the Kingston campus serves around 60 students and is home to the Deaf Can! Coffee enterprise.

The Jamaica Deaf Village.
The three school campuses continued to run smoothly, and graduated class after class -- but the deaf graduating from high school still struggled to find employment. Employers did not have the time or resources to devote to learning to communicate with the deaf, and did not hire them.

No job means no money, and no money means that, despite their education and potential, the deaf graduates were unable to provide for their own basic needs. Many turned to desperate means to obtain food, clothing, and shelter.

And so in June of 1984, the CCCD ministry began development of the 100-acre Jamaica Deaf Village, which would serve as a safe place where deaf adults and their families could live in community, attend worship, and find meaningful employment.

The Factory & Church
The Jamaica Deaf Village (JDV) campus continued to grow with the addition of a church, a woodworking factory, apartment complexes for the deaf, and more -- none of which could have been constructed without the assistance of mission teams.

Finally, in 2002, after many years of miracles mixed with trying circumstances, the first villagers moved onto campus, and the first steam-bent wooden rocking chair was manufactured in the factory.

Shortly thereafter, the first church service was held at the village, led by Rev. Gary Williams, who plants deaf churches within the hearing churches of Kingston. There were nearly 60 deaf present that Sunday, and ever since, it has been a joy to watch the deaf worshipping, fellowshipping, and growing in Christ Jesus.

The Future
We have the privilege of knowing, serving, and trusting in a God who loves us. Help us to spread the word of Jesus Christ to the deaf in Jamaica. You can do this in many ways:

Keep us operating by giving to our General Fund
Sponsor one of the children on our campuses
Bring a team to visit and help us continue to build and grow our campuses
Continue to spread the word of the work we're doing here in Jamaica
We hope that, with your help, the mission of the CCCD can continue to expand and grow.

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