Who are Mustard Seed Communities?
MSC is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for the most vulnerable members of society, especially disabled and abandoned children in Jamaica, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Zimbabwe, and Malawi.
Founded 40 years ago in 1978 in Kingston, Jamaica, Mustard Seed Communities began as a small home for a few abandoned children with disabilities and now cares for over 600 children and adults living with disabilities, children affected by HIV/AIDS, and young mothers in crisis throughout the 5 countries we serve. The aim of Mustard Seed Communities is to provide its residents with a safe and healthy environment where they can live and thrive through care and therapy. MSC strives to make a positive difference in the lives of these residents, as well as to uplift and empower the surrounding local communities through various community outreach programs.
The majority of residential programs are dedicated to the care of children with serious physical and mental disabilities such as Down syndrome, hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. Each resident receives individual assessment, care, therapies and suitable treatment, and educational plans that are geared towards assisting them to live up to their full potential. The Dare to Care program, for children living with HIV/AIDs provides residential care, education and anti-retroviral drugs (HIV/AIDS medication). We also provide a safe haven for abandoned teenage mothers, where they are provided with educational opportunities, nutrition, support, and essential life skills. Additionally, MSC manages sustainable agriculture initiatives and provides education, nutrition, and skills training programs in order to improve the economic and social conditions within marginalized communities.
The work of the charity has been wonderfully supported in Ireland for many years and it is hoped the formal incorporation and formal launch of the charity will solidify that support base and lead to an enhanced involvement of Irish people for many years to come.