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

Greetings to our partners, supporters, friends and well wishers of the Shashamane Foundation’s efforts to promote the Educational Charity NGO Project of the Jamaican Rastafarian Development Community (JRDC) Project in Shashamane, Ethiopia. 
Thanks be to the Most High God for blessing our efforts and allowing them  survive bear fruits over these 20 years into the Elementary and Kindergarten School. We are most thankful to Him working through the hearts and hands of our grass-roots supporters, allowing us to assist in maintaining a staff of 18 Academic teachers,  5 Administrative officers and 6 Auxiliary staff members through the past social unrest and this current pandemic.
What we are so also pleased to share with you is the progress of the construction of the Kindergarten Facility which began in late February 2021.
With the support and sacrificial giving and assistance of our partners and ingenious administrators on the ground,  we are over 60% on the way to completion.

Please join us in continuing to bring this project to its goal of completion in assisting in any aspect of or phases of its construction listed below.


The completion of this KG facility is Priority #1, as the old KG facility is outmoded and The Bur of Education requires us to have its location at a specific  distance from the Elementary facility. What is more important is that the new KG when completed has the opportunity to generate income leading to its sustainability. 
Thus far approximately $1700 has been secured and spent to bring construction this stage.
Other Stages to be completed that need your assistance are: 

We need to acquire cement for flooring, smoothening and rendering interior and exterior of the building estimated at a cost of   $1750.

Ceilings needed to be installed in 4 rooms. estimated to cost $1366

Electrical instillation in building – $900

Painting of building  interior and exterior – $1,100

Glass for windows and doors – $380

Labour Cost – $1225

Total to complete building – $6721.
Any individual or group of individuals that can donate to any of the above listed stages it would be greatly appreciated.
You may go to our website and click on our Donate button and donate through Pay Pal or STRIPE. 
You can also mail in donations to The Shashamane Foundation, PO BOX 5845, Takoma Park, Maryland 20913. Our Tax ID is 52-215 8855.
Apart from the Building itself we must also furnish this facility estimated at the cost of $2,225.
Last but not least we need to have in place new sanitary facilities, one for male and one for female, within close proximity of the KG building which would cost approximately $3,000.
Our Total capitol expenditure budget requires Approximately $11,946.
We trust you will find it possible to assist us on any of these stages in any amount. Please be assured that every cent donated will be efficiently and transparently managed and accounted for.
Thanking you in advance for your consideration and to all who have assisted to make these accomplishments  possible. 
We pray The Most High continue to bless  our work and crown it with success.

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.