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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2009

    Default Issa Trust Foundation - Helping Children in Jamaica

    For those of you who are new to the Board or unaware, The Issa Trust Foundation was established in 2005 by Couples Resorts as a nonprofit organization. The mission of the Foundation is to provide a system of prevention, health promotion and education, community health improvement and other services to promote well being and development for the people of Jamaica.

    Issa Trust Foundation | Nonprofit Jamaican Organization | Donate
    Irie i
    Ivonna Szelerska
    Couples Resorts

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    Dear Friends, we receive many emails sharing your love for Jamaica, children and families. We thought we would start a "Thread" for share our work and challenges; but more importantly, a way to create some momentum to help raise funding to "save lives!" Fundraising is a fun, easy and rewarding way to become involved and make a positive difference in the lives of others. We cannot wait to hear from you and how you can engage your community, corporation, organization, church and schools!!

    We are proud of our "boots on the ground - grass roots efforts", but we need your help! We are currently focusing on reducing child mortality rates thru pediatric nursing and physician educational programs - Jamaica will not be reaching their goals to reduce child mortality rates by 2015. In addition, Educating Rural Physicians currently caring for children with chronic kidney disease.

    Thank you,
    Issa Trust Foundation

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    We met a couple of the doctors that were there in November. They were very nice. They wre telling us that sometimes, they don't feel as though they are doing enough. That's because, they said, each group of doctors and nurses and others that come down, do only one small part. Then the next group arrives, and they do their small part. So they don't always get to see an end result. But they also said, that they were very glad to be in a position where they could come and help. They know that their small part is very important.

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    Thanks Crabracer! I think we all feel that way, how can we impact the lives with immediate results. I just remind them as I have been reminded many times "one child at a time." Also, social media has helped, sharing the results, stories, the "result of the story"!

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    A Great Video by Blaine Moats a volunteer who shares "the rest of the story"! The Issa Trust Foundation & Ministry of Health Deepens Relations - YouTube
    Diane Pollard, President & CEO
    Issa Trust Foundation

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    Three years ago, we collected school supplies and sent over 100 pounds of them to the Three Hills Primary School in Ocho Rios. We were able to take more when we went, had a tour of the school and met those precious children. This year, we were able to raise enough money to buy 192 back packs for those same kids and look forward to delivering them next month. Anyone can get creative in helping.

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    Here is how we tip in Jamaica..The Issa Trust Foundation is our choice.

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    Dear Friends, we are planning for our 10 pediatric medical initiative. If you would like to collaborate and partner to help source some of the supplies needed, we would be thankful!!! Currently, we are in need of Selsun Blue Shampoo which is used for fungus issues! Any diabetes test strips with One Touch or Accu-check machine (note expiration date thru December 2014). Email Diane Pollard @
    Diane Pollard, President & CEO
    Issa Trust Foundation

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    Hi Diane,
    Are there dates set yet for the 2014 Medical Mission?

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    Nanmac1- we should be announcing soon!
    Diane Pollard, President & CEO
    Issa Trust Foundation

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    Friends, can you please share with your network! For just $1.00 you could provide 1 life saving asthma & nebulizer treatments to the youth in Jamaica! Download One Today by Google on your mobile device to donate:
    Diane Pollard, President & CEO
    Issa Trust Foundation

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    Can you tell me what items are most beneficial to the Issa Trust Foundation. We will be traveling in November and would like to bring supplies

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    Smiley854 thank you for asking! Below are a list of items always needed. If you donate over the counter medications, please place a note on the donation to save for Diane Pollard @ Couples Tower Isle for the 2014 Medical Initiative. I can then pick up when I arrive! Thank you!
    List of Items that are always needed:

    colored pencils
    dry erase markers
    hand held pencil sharpeners
    solar calculators
    world maps
    math flash cards
    word flash cards
    alphabet flash cards
    science educational wall charts
    math educational wall charts
    working laptops
    colored construction paper
    glue sticks
    watercolor paints
    soccer balls
    Playground equipment

    Over the Counter Non Expired Medications

    Diphenhydramine 25mg caps
    Diphenhydramine 12.5mg/5mL 120 ml bottles
    Loratadine 5mg/5mL (120mL bottle)
    Loratadine 10mg tabs

    A&D Cream (30g)
    Aquaphillic Ointment (16 oz)
    Clotrimazole Cream (30g)
    Hydrocortisone 1% (1oz)
    Petroleum Jelly (128g tube)
    Zinc Oxide Butt Cream
    Permethrin Lotion 1% 60 ml
    Calamine topical lotion (120ml)
    Salicylic Acid Facial Scrub (30ml)
    benzyl peroxide gel 10%

    Acetaminophen chew tabs 80 mg
    Acetaminophen 325mg tabs
    Acetaminophen 160mg/5ml (120ml bottle)
    Acetaminophen 500mg tabs
    Ibuprofen 100mg/5mL (120mL bottle)
    Ibuprofen 200mg tabs

    Artificial Tears

    Saline Nasal Spray(Ocean) 0.65%
    Oxymetazoline Nasal Spray 0.05%

    Calcium Carbonate 500mg (Tums)
    Mylanta (355mL)
    PEG (Miralax)
    docusate caps 100 mg

    Poly Vi Sol with Iron (50ml) liquid vitamins
    Docusate 10mg/mL (473mL)
    Ferrous Sulfate 325mg Tabs
    Diane Pollard, President & CEO
    Issa Trust Foundation

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    Announcing the 2014 Medical Initiative!
    Diane Pollard, President & CEO
    Issa Trust Foundation

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    Dear Friends, Please check out the following video regarding Free Hill School!
    We need your help to build a much needed playground to give children a place to play and raise awareness for the importance of healthy child development. Please share with your friends and on social media! Thank YOU!

    Free Hill Primary and Infant School in St. Mary, Jamaica is situated in the rural district of Free Hill, located approximately 10Km from it's main town of Port Maria, the capital of St. Mary. The school, with students ranging from 4 to 12 years old, has a staff of 16 and caters to the social and educational needs of the 448 students. The students are drawn from the communities of Oxford, Geddes Town, Port Maria, Oracabessa, Bailys Vale, Jacks River, Fontabelle and as far away as Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
    Diane Pollard, President & CEO
    Issa Trust Foundation

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    Right now (end of July/first half of August) is a fantastic time to purchase some school supplies to bring to Jamaica for the school kids since many stores are running lost leaders/specials on school supplies. For example, at Staples, Composition notebooks are only .17 cents for the first 30 (then $1.79 thereafter). We just purchased 30 for right at $5.00 to bring with us on our next visit. Wow... just think of the impact if everyone were to spend $5.00 and bring 30 notebooks... and there are other items that are on special at other stores.

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    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Blog Entries


    Hi Everyone,

    Please see below initiative that Diane has undertaken and thank you as usual for the continued support.

    We would like to share with you an opportunity for ITF to use a Crowd Funding site to bring awareness and raise some money for Free Hill School. If you would kindly share this link with your network of friends, organizations, church groups the children will be thankful
    Michelle Gordon
    On-Island Social Media Coordinator
    Couples Resorts

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    A wonderful idea and just another contribution from the Issa Family and staff ! Cheers.

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    Friends, we hope to give the gift of a playground to children at Free Hill Primary and Infant School, 400 children ages 4 to 12 years old. Do you know of an organization, company, church or individuals who would like to help raise the money and give the gift of play? View video:

    Currently the school does not have a playground. Children learn so much on the playground: how to get along, negotiate, make and follow each other's rules, talk to one another, and fall down and get back up again.Playgrounds provide crucial and vital opportunities for children to play. There is substantial research showing the clear link between play and brain development, motor-skills, and social capabilities. All learning—emotional, social, motor and cognitive—is accelerated, facilitated, and fueled by the pleasure of play. Playgrounds that promote different types of play are vital for a child’s cognitive, emotional, physical, and social development.

    Contact Diane Pollard to learn how you can get involved:
    Diane Pollard, President & CEO
    Issa Trust Foundation

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    Can't wait to be back at Couples next week. Last year I mailed school supplies but this year I'm bringing an extra suitcase. $40 luggage fee is less than the postage was & I will donate the suitcase along with the flash cards, over-the-counter medical supplies, sidewalk chalk, world maps, water color paints, etc. Thanks to the Foundation for the GREAT list of ideas on this site. I wanted to share the suitcase idea - that postage idea was crazy! So happy to be able to participate in a small way in this important effort!

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    Join Date
    May 2009


    I just came back from Jamaica where I had a chance to spend one day with ITF medical initiative team and we went to see Free Hill school that ITF is sponsoring.
    It was an amazing experience and soon I will post more about it.
    Little things go long way and thank you all for your contributions.
    Irie i
    Ivonna Szelerska
    Couples Resorts

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    We also just got back from CSS and visited the Free Hill School on October 1. Got to see firsthand what it's like to go to school for rural children. We were humbled by the whole experience. We brought 4 bags of supplies this time, but rest assured there will be more on our next trip. Sorry we did not get to meet you Ivana, but did meet Diane. Thanks so much for all your hard work and dedication.
    I urge everyone who loves Couples and the people of Jamaica to donate, even a few dollars. If we all pitch in, we can make a huge difference in children's lives.

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    Thank you so much Irie i!!!!
    Diane Pollard, President & CEO
    Issa Trust Foundation

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    Thank you so much for joining our School Excursion! It was such a pleasure meeting everyone and joining in on the fun!
    Diane Pollard, President & CEO
    Issa Trust Foundation

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