Thank you for your generous support!

The Shashamane Foundations is forever grateful for your generous support on Giving Tuesday. We give thanks to God for his grace towards our educational project in Ethiopia and to you his chosen instruments of support. With your donations on Giving Tuesday via Facebook we raised $8,619.94. Through PayPal, we received an additional $460 which brought […]

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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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Our Partners in Ethiopia: Jamaican Rastafarian Development Community Organization (J.R.D.C) The Jamaican Rastafarian Development Community Organization (J.R.D.C) is a Shashamane Ethiopia based local Non-Governmental Charity organization (NGO) established in 1991. It has a democratically elected Board of Directors to implement its proposed projects. Being a licensed Charity and in ‘Good Standing’ with the Government’s guidelines […]

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JRDC School / Shashamane Foundation School

We Need Your Help to Complete the New JRDC Kindergarten Building

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We are most grateful to our Most High God for allowing us to accomplish breaking ground for New JRDC Kindergarten 3 classroom building in Shashamane Ethiopia on February 9th and to commence construction as depicted in photos below.
Thanks to all who contributed. We raised approximately $10,000 from our efforts on # Giving Tuesday’s platform on December 1st 2020 through Facebook and PayPal. These funds received in our Foundation’s account were dispatched in January 2021 and groundbreaking ceremony took place within the second week of February 2021, and work commenced immediately thereafter.
This $10, 000 was the first portion dispatched towards erecting our new Kindergarten Facility estimated in 2020 to cost $20,000, and towards our total goal $50,000, which includes the JRDC school total operational expense.
However, given inflation spiralling rapidly in Ethiopia it May cost us more, especially if we take longer to purchase the materials needed to reach completion.
We have the names of all 130 donors to this project and we propose to put their names on a plaque on the building when completed as our gesture of appreciation.

We are asking all who can assist us to complete this facility by July 2021 please donate:

send your check or Money Order to
The Shashamame Foundation – PO.Box 5845, Takoma Park, MD 20782.
We will be posting photos of our progress and as they come in to our Foundation.
Let this be a monument to all our children to see what The Most High allows and blesses when we are committed to glorifying Him by good deeds of sacrificial service.
Giving Thanks,
Karl Phillpotts
President, Shashamane Foundation


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.