Community Development

Committed to providing not just for our children but uplifting the marginalized and forgotten of society as well, Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) has involved itself in numerous outreach programs. In Jamaica alone, MSC employs over 350 local workers. Across all countries, there are over 460 local employees of MSC. Our hope is to inspire and teach the local people to look after their least fortunate through directly involving and benefiting the community. Additional outreach programs described below aim to alleviate poverty through sustainable training methods and to help develop cohesion between MSC homes and the communities where we serve.

Potter’s House – Zimbabwe

In an effort to support local disadvantaged individuals of all ages and assist them in becoming self-sufficient, MSC Zimbabwe has established a training centre called Potter’s House. The program teaches skills such as chicken rearing, vegetable gardening, candle making, baking and other basic employment training where possible. Potter’s House also offers music, art and drama programs.

Resource Centre – Nicaragua

The resource centre is part of our Christ in the Garbage Ministries (CIGM) program in Nicaragua. In addition to providing food packages, CIGM is focused on helping single mothers learn marketable skills to offer hope for the future. CIGM Nicaragua runs a Resource Centre (Centro de Recursos) near the dump to offer women a viable way to provide for their families. We offer pastry-making classes, English language lessons and day-care for children while their mothers are in class. Solving the entrenched issues of economic strife and lack of access to services in La Chureca will require years of assistance and development work. With the existence of CIGM, though, women have an option to learn a skill that gives them the ability to generate an income, and most importantly, gives them hope.

Pottery Studio – Jamaica

At Mahoe Drive in Kingston, there is a Pottery Studio on site at MSC Headquarters. The pottery studio is managed by an MSC employee and serves several functions within our organization. Primarily, the impressive array of crafts serves as income generation for MSC to help offset our operating costs. This includes commission work from large corporations in Jamaica, helping to fund and spread the word about our work. Patrick, the MSC potter, also takes on local apprentices in his studio to encourage art and enterprise in the local community.