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    A - Arts

    Self-expression is a birthright and should be experienced in a wide variety of ways. In St. Thomas, children do not get the opportunity to paint and make arts and crafts often. We offer children art sessions and work with artists to produce fun and meaningful art.

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    C - Culture

    Having a positive self-image and sense of identity is vital for a child’s social and emotional development. St. Thomas is rich in culture, and through dance, poetry and story-telling, we explore and honour our unique heritage.

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    E - Education

    Basic literacy and numeracy skills are essential life skills and a key to social mobility for children in St. Thomas. We work with children of all abilities, helping them to gain more confidence in every session.


Araba Scott Children's Foundation’s mission is to bring children of all circumstances living in St. Thomas together with professional artists, teachers and therapists, to create, learn, play and embrace their culture, increasing well-being, tolerance, and helping give children a positive view of themselves.


Our Vision

Children in St. Thomas are learning, playing and creating in a safe and nurturing environment. The children’s self-confidence grows and literacy rates improve, regardless of ability or disability. Children of all backgrounds treat each other with dignity and respect, as a result of learning better conflict resolution and tolerance for one another (as modelled by ASCF staff and volunteers).

ASCF also supports the Jamaican Government’s, National Shared Vision for education for 2030;

“Each learner will maximise his/her potential in an enriching, learner-centred education environment…supported by committed, qualified, competent, effective and professional educators and staff.

The system produces full literacy and numeracy, a globally competitive, quality workforce and a disciplined culturally aware and ethical Jamaican citizenry.”

Our vision as an organisation, is also in line with the performance targets set by the Jamaican Government and stipulated in the 2015 White Paper on Education, which promotes, “building community participation…to influence positive behavioural changes and stimulate a higher level of involvement.”

Our Values

Our value system is simple and based on the Articles set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Jamaica signed in 1990 and ratified in 1991. We are especially led by Articles 13, 14, 19, 23, 28, 29, 31, 39 and 42, as these articles champion the rights of children in St. Thomas that are not currently being taught, enforced or monitored.

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The Founder's Story

Alicia Louise

Founder & Director

I was born in Britain, but my father’s family is from St. Thomas, Jamaica. While studying for my degree in Criminal Justice BA (hons) at the University of Westminster, I made 3 long trips to Jamaica every year after I noticed the needs and complexities of the children in St. Thomas. God has called me to use my gifts and experiences to help give these children a better start in life, and more opportunities for growth.

My heart for Jamaica came after my grandmother, Louise Barnes was brutally murdered in St. Catherine. My grandmother came from Port Morant in Morant Bay, parish of St, Thomas. Miss Lou was a loving grandmother, and wanted more than anything to build on her relationship with her grandchildren. I remember her contagious laugh, the way she spoke fast, her beautiful head of hair, and her amazing voice.

We cannot deny that Jamaica has a serious problem with the senseless killings, and we have come to the conclusion that living in extreme poverty or extreme wealth can make people heartless. We can change this if we try and alleviate some of the pressures of poverty on children. After all, nothing changes if nothing changes. As a Christian, I feel our understanding of ‘grace’ in St. Thomas, falls short when it comes to how we treat our children. Therefore, grace and love have become the foundation of everything we do.

I am now a Children’s Advocate, with LLM International Law, and have since received the University of Westminster Social Impact Award 2019 for my work as Director and Founder of Araba Scott Children’s Foundation. Our work in St. Thomas has been recognised by UNICEF who featured a short story about our activities during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Why St. Thomas

While poverty is widespread throughout Jamaica, St. Thomas faces unique challenges that remain unaddressed and need our undivided attention. St. Thomas is often referred to as the ‘forgotten parish’. Araba Scott Children’s Foundation believes we should always seek to work in ‘difficult’ places rather than work on developing places that are perceived as ‘easier’ to work in, or that are already receiving assistance.

In 2015, the Planning Institute of Jamaica ranked St. Thomas, Jamaica’s poorest parish. 54% of households, in a population of only 95,000 still use pit latrines. Sexual abuse and incest of children is under reported in St. Thomas but suspected to be highest here, because of the severity of poverty, poor report and respond mechanisms and the lack of things to do.

Our own observations have highlighted that a worrying number of children are experiencing the loss of one or both parents, and not receiving the emotional support to express their grief. There are a lack of positive outlets such as art and cultural activities in St. Thomas. Many of these activities occur at school or at church, but where children do not attend either of these regularly or at all, they end up isolated and with little to do.

The quality of life for children with physical disabilities and severe learning difficulties is also a concern for us. Until 2017, there wasn’t a single secondary school in the parish for these children to attend. Parents keep their children at home because, “they won’t be the first who can’t read or write”. Therefore, these children lack stimulation, social interaction and positive outlets.

Every child has the capacity to learn at his or her own pace. All they need is the opportunity. What children in St. Thomas lack is opportunity. What we are providing is opportunity. What they can achieve will foster further opportunities for themselves and the next generation!

What we do

Araba Scott Children’s Foundation provides artistic, educational and cultural activities for children aged 0-17 in St. Thomas, Jamaica. We do this by providing free literacy and numeracy classes, and art sessions for children with and without special educational needs, and or physical disabilities.

We operate from our safe haven, Barnes Hall, which is located in the district of Port Morant. Our building is wheelchair accessible, with three fully functioning toilets, a play room which can be used as a quiet room, a main hall, office space and a yard for outdoor activities.

Get Involved

If you would like to offer our young people artistic, cultural and educational enrichment, we would love to hear from you. Our email is listed below so we encourage you to send us a proposal of the work you’d like to do with our young people.

So far we have partnered with:

Regeneration Kidz Klub; bringing spiritual awareness to our children which educates them about who they are, and how they can serve others.

Art Therapy Jamaica; providing free 8-week art therapy sessions with Jamaica’s only licensed art therapist.

Manifesto Jamaica, British Council and the National Theatre of Scotland; to bring physical theatre to our young people.

Calbert and the All Star Drummers; for a Jamaican/West African drum and dance workshop.

We would also welcome donations towards the labour and materials for  a new ceiling for the main hall and office, and also donations towards solar panel(s) to provide us with electricity.

We accept donations of new or in good condition:

  1. Black school shoes for boys and girls aged 4-17.
  2. Sensory toys for children with disabilities.
  3. Essential items: Food (monetary donations for cooked meals or long-life foods), soap, sanitary towels, (preferably reusable ones), toothpaste, deodorant and underwear for children aged 3-17.
  4. School supplies: Notebooks, stationary, school bags, and donations towards uniform and textbooks.

Having said this, your most valuable donation is your time. There are many ways to show the children and young people of St. Thomas that you support them. You can do this by: advocating on a child’s behalf, writing letters to local ministers and Councillors in Jamaica asking them what they’re plans are to further invest in the education, safeguarding and protection of children and young people in St. Thomas, volunteering with us during the summer, contacting our team in Jamaica to ask if you can help clean, cook or otherwise maintain the safe haven. There are 101 ways to help, so just ask! We can also assist your professional development by providing training, voluntary experience and  references for jobs. All volunteers must be DBS or CRB cleared, or be willing to obtain these, as well as be aware of our safeguarding standards which include regular supervision of your work.

Guidelines for sending non-monetary donations

Before sending a donation, please email us at [email protected] to find out where to send your contribution.
Thank you for all the donations given so far, they have been most appreciated!

Serve with us

Stay tuned for updates on opportunities to volunteer with us in Jamaica!

Trustee vacancies

We are extending our invitation for two new members to the trustee board into March 2022. One position has been secured so far, and the remaining vacancy is for a:

Fundraising and Income Generation Trustee

We are looking for a trustee with a background in fundraising and/or income generation.

This Role Involves:

• Assisting the Board of Trustees to develop a new approach to fundraising and/or income generation.

• Contributing your knowledge of fundraising techniques and strategies.

• Leading the Board of Trustees on fundraising, ensuring it is carried out in legal, transparent and accountable ways.

• Being an active ambassador for Araba Scott Children’s Foundation!

You will need:

•A firm understanding of fundraising or income generation and/or business development skills.

• An understanding of the international grant and contract sector.

• Experience of diverse income generation practices.

• An understanding of the challenges facing organisations such as Araba Scott Children’s Foundation in securing new funds.

• Sound, independent judgement and ability to think creatively.

• Connections within the Jamaican community.

To apply email: Alicia Louise at [email protected] Applications close on March 30th 2022.

Staff and volunteer vacancies

We currently have one volunteer vacancy for 2022 and are looking for a:

Fundraising Volunteer who can make a commitment of 2-3 hours per week to our growing organisation! You must be passionate about fundraising and supporting the development of a small children’s charity. A strong connection to or knowledge of Jamaica (particularly St. Thomas) and the issues affecting children there is desirable.
This Role Involves:
1. Identifying and researching Trusts and Foundations, making recommendations to the Board of Trustees about eligible trusts and foundations to apply to.
2. Working with the Board of Trustees to assist in strategies and appeals to grant-making bodies, including drafting and proof-reading proposals.
3. Sending smaller applications or completing online applications for Trusts.
4. Meeting with external fundraisers and our Advisory Group to assist with the organisation of fundraising events and ensure our ethical fundraising policy is followed.
5. Helping streamline our fundraising strategy.
To apply email: Alicia Louise at [email protected]
Applications close on November 30th 2022.

News and Events

Trustees’ Annual Report 2022-2023

The trustees of Araba Scott Children's Foundation present their annual report and accounts for the year ending March 2023. You can view them here.

Updated Fundraising Event

Tickets for the 7PM crew! At 7pm for the next 6 weeks, we are going to meet up via Zoom to exercise! We begin on Monday 19th February 2024 and finish Sunday 31st March 2023. Feel free to join for 1 week, or all 6 for the newly reduced price of £25! Apparently it takes [...]

Our Annual Report 2021

The Trustees of Araba Scott Children’s Foundation have submitted their fourth Annual Report and Accounts for the year ending 31st March 2021, which can be found here. It highlights all our achievements and exciting moments. You will find full information of our children’s activities, goals for the future and resources utilised for that year.

Blog Posts

Fun Lego® Club Activities This World Autism Acceptance Week

We know from first-hand experience in our little safe Haven in the Caribbean, that Lego® is a versatile and fun toy that can be enjoyed by children of all ages and abilities, including those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Lego® is particularly useful for children with autism as it can help them develop important skills, […]

Celebrating Autism Awareness Week at Our Jamaican Safe Haven

Autism Awareness Week, 2023 is a special one for us at Araba Scott Children’s Foundation! This year we are launching our guide to Lego® Therapy Workbook to the world, with the hope it enables others to understand it’s value, and how we have developed it at our Safe Haven.  Our Safe Haven provides a nurturing […]

Our Fourth Ideas Market | End of July 2021

On Saturday we held our Fourth Ideas Market! We were joined by a participant who is an accomplished businessman and is interested in using brand, ‘JAMAICA’ to benefit Jamaican people. We were also joined by two social workers, one being a trustee of Araba Scott Children’s Foundation.  What we Discussed: We discussed changing the platform […]

Our Address

Curtis Bottom, Port Morant,
St. Thomas
Email Address
[email protected]