Allen-Shaw Foundation, Inc.
Date of Inception:
Contact: Paula Shaw-Founder/Chairperson
Address: 3565 Bivona Street
Bronx, New York, 10475
Tel: (718) 379-4232
Fax: (718) 405-1170
E-mail: [email protected]
Tax Status Non-Profit Organization
its kind in Jamaica-A district library for residents…
-Mandeville Weekly, December 19, 1996
To provide children in rural Jamaica with knowledge
through books and cutting edge computer technology. To give them
a window of opportunity to life beyond their limited boundaries
and give them desire and hope to strive for excellence.
Paula Shaw created the Allen-Shaw Foundation,
Inc to help fund the Allen-Shaw Reading Room (Libraries). The Allen-Shaw
Reading Rooms were created in honor of her grandmothers Anita Allen-Soares
and Doris Shaw. The Allen-Shaw Foundation, Inc. is non-profit organization
that has been providing educational materials to children in Jamaica,
West Indies since 1996. Our aim is to set up libraries in Jamaica’s
rural areas so that our children will have a window of opportunity
to life beyond their limited boundaries and give them the desire
and hope to strive for excellence. Many of our children in Jamaica’s
rural districts are unable to attend school for various reasons,
primarily because of the parent’s inability to afford school fees.
In the deep rural areas certain facilities and privileges are lacking.
Children have to travel many miles to access vital information.
The Foundation was established to provide several basic community
services such as libraries (Allen-Shaw Reading Rooms), scholarship
programs, summer school/camps and literacy classes within these
areas. These programs are offered specifically through the Allen-Shaw
Reading Rooms with funding from the Foundation.
The Foundations’ objective is to set up several
Reading Rooms throughout the remote areas of Jamaica. Each Reading
Rooms will be equip with:
- the cutting edge in computer technology
- visual equipment (TV/VCR, Slide Projectors)
- audio/recognition center (i.e. phonics, alphabets)
- an array of books from reference to fiction
Through our dedicated efforts, we have built a
library in the South Manchester area of Jamaica. In our efforts
to bring a ray of hope and lift the aspirations of the children
of the Allen-Shaw Reading Room community we provide:
- Books, computers and audio visual equipment
- Scholarship Program
- covers yearly school fees and other expenses
of students based on economics and merit
- Mentor Program
- individuals traveling to Jamaica on vacation
volunteer their time to conduct 1-2
day workshops on educational and community related issues
- Community Based Programs
- literacy programs - remedial classes to students
and reading classes for adults
- summer school/camps-service to over 100 children
each summer provides remedial tutoring, literacy classes, health
and social education, and instructional day trips
- Allen-Shaw Foundation Mixed Multitude Award
- presented to individuals from the community who adopt orphan
children and oversee their educational development
- Allen-Shaw Foundation Community Service Award-presented
to individuals from the community who provides selfless services
in their districts/community
The first Allen-Shaw Reading Room, located in
Resource District of South Manchester, was toted as a “trail blazing”
idea by Jamaica’s largest Newspaper, The Jamaica Gleaner, and as
a “first of its kind project” by another local paper. The educational
investment that the Allen-Shaw Foundation, Inc. was making to the
children of Jamaica was heralded amidst much fanfare by the national
television station, “JBC”. The birth of a rural library, through
the pregnancy and the labor pains, was well worth our efforts. The
reward was seeing children in awe of a room filled with books and
watching their fears turn to fascination when the computer started
to talk. The doors of literacy are being opened and I would like
to keep this going with your help.
Resource District, Manchester (Main Library-First
level of building completed Summer 2002-second level June 2003)
Sav-La-Mar SDA High School, Westmoreland
(Financial, Books, computers, library supplies,
At start-up we made significant progress towards
our goals through the monetary contributions from organizations
such as Colgate-Palmolive Company & Heidtke Foundation, Teachers
College Columbia University, JAMPACT, Inc. Books, computers, library
supplies and shipping services from:
- Golden Book Source
- Review & Herald Publishing Company
- Pacific Press Publishing
- Highsmith Corporation
- Gaylord Brothers
- Lillian Vernon Corporation
- Air Jamaica
It is our desire to continue this momentum with
I am soliciting your assistance in helping to
expand the educational opportunities for Jamaica’s rural children.
Whether it’s your time, your information, your donations of books
or financial support, you will enhance our educational objectives
of setting up libraries in under-served areas so a book can become
a reality instead of an idea. The Allen-Shaw Reading Rooms in these
communities provide the necessary learning tools and access to books
to enhance and uplift the educational process. It is a splendid
investment in the future of the children and their communities.
The Foundation depends entirely on the support of individuals, corporations
and others who believe in helping communities around the world.
The Allen-Shaw Foundation, Inc., is a fully qualified
corporation under Code Section 501(c) (3).
Allow me to thank you in advance for your interest
and support of the Allen-Shaw Reading Rooms in Jamaica.
Allen-Shaw Foundation, Inc.
2000 Report to Contributors
“The older women are starting to read now. They have more time for
themselves between 10 Am to 2 PM because the children are in school.
They come to the library and take about six books at a time” Clementina
Shaw, Managing Director, Allen-Shaw Reading Room, Resource District
Library , Jamaica, West Indies
I remember blurting out an answer to the interviewer
from the television program “A Ray of Hope” in Jamaica on December
26, 1996 when she asked me “What do you hope to accomplish in five
years with your project?” “A building”, was my bold and positive
answer. Wanting to kick myself afterwards, I wondered if I was suffering
from some heat related ailment. How in the world was I going to
get a building for my library?
Well, if you listen closely amidst the bustle
of America, you might just hear the cling of a hammer hitting a
nail, or even the sloshing sound of water pouring on cement. The
residents of Resource District, South Manchester have begun the
work of building the Allen-Shaw Foundation Library. This was inevitable
because the current space in the local church was bursting at the
seams. Also we have a high turnover rate with our librarians, and
that is a good thing! They are usually young adults from the community
and when they leave, they do so with new computer training provided
by the Foundation. With this new motivation they are able to find
jobs elsewhere. The library is never left without a librarian because
members of the community fill the gap by volunteering their time.
News from 2000
Allen-Shaw Reading Rooms
South Manchester, Resource District
- The most interested readers and the most frequent
occupants of the library are the one to six year olds. Not to
say that the other age groups are not reading. They are, but the
Foundation is very interested in making an impact from an early
- The women/mothers are reading more and we are
very excited about this precedent being set for the future of
- The Educational Field trip sponsored by the
Foundation and the local youth club, was a great success. The
children were introduced to the indigenous plants, animals and
other wildlife of the island. Fascination still abounds with their
viewing of animals and floras they never knew existed.
- The Summer School enrollment was 165, up from
110 in 1999. Keep in mind that the summer school is run by the
Foundation and the local youth club. The government does not sponsor
- The Reading Program
An ambitious reading program was started in September
2000 to maintain the reading practices of the children while they
were attending school. Students from Primary to the High School
level were enrolled. We held an awards ceremony for the participants
in the Three to Twelve age group in December. There were forty-two
participants in this group, and the results were amazing. The prizes
were given out for the amount of books read by each individual.
1st prize - 126 2nd prize - 77 3rd prize - 70
4th prize - 66
The Allen-Shaw Foundation Scholarship/Awards
Three scholarships were given out in 2000: for
specialized computer courses, for High School, and for the Omar
Bryon Davis Education Fund. The fund is for students in Old Harbour
Bay from the “captured land” area- (shacks build on government land
by people who are homeless).
Due to the Foundations’ plans to build a library
in Resource District, South Manchester, it has become necessary
to phase out the other libraries that are still in operation; However:
Old Harbour Bay
We will continue the Omar Bryon Davis Educational
Fund in this area.
Savanna-la-mar SDA High School, Westmoreland
The Savanna-la-mar library is an independent
entity. The Principal of the school manages it and they contact
the foundation on an “as needed” basis.
We are hoping to have a building by summer 2002
(see attached pictures)
We are planning to work with the Jamaican Peace
Corp. Organization and Northern Caribbean University to possibly
enhance the literacy programs of Allen-Shaw Reading Room in Resource
District, South Manchester.
Your donation of educational materials and financial
contributions allowed the Foundation to have an exceptional year.
We were able to meet our funding needs for all the programs and
I am hoping for your continued support this year as we build the
library. With your help, the library building program along with
our other educational initiatives, will be a success! Thank you!
Without your support the Allen-Shaw Foundation would not be able
to meet our objective of building a future for children in rural
Jamaica. Paula Shaw, Founder
Allen-Shaw Foundation, Inc.
2001 Report to Contributors
“What do you hope to accomplish in five years
with your project?” “A building”!
Paula Shaw-JBC Television Program “A Ray of Hope”-December
Pictured here is the first level of the
Allen-Shaw Foundation Library building project. Phase 2 will be
the top level slated to begin March 2003 which used will be used
for commuicay literacy classes and other educational programs
I am pretty sure that the nails cried out with
sweet hosannas each time they were hammered into the structure of
the new Allen Shaw Reading Room!
I am filled with excitement about the progress
of this project in a small farming community in the south of Jamaica.
Closeted on a tiny plot of land, sandwiched between
the homes of the two women who influenced the naming of the foundation,
the structure continues to grow in a predestined way. So metaphorically
speaking, the nails are indeed crying aloud in its honor!
Respect of the past will abound as the completed
Reading Room will face the old outdoor kitchen of one grandmother
(who knew the power of words but could not decipher them), and the
rich bauxite clay and stones that will line the building’s floor
comes from the childhood home of the other. When completed, the
Allen Shaw Reading Room, nestled between the homes of these two
women, will merge the learn and the unlearned and offer a solution
to the latter. The building is scheduled to be completed and dedicated
in August 2002.
None of this could have occurred without your
kindness and financial commitment to this foundation. As I intimated,
we are almost there. The finish line is in sight and we are steadfastly
working towards it
Alvin Shaw (yellow shirt)
builder of the Allen-Shaw Foundation library,
supervises local community
Alvin Shaw (yellow shirt) builder of
the Allen-Shaw Foundation library, supervises local community volunteers
- (Videos Available)-Articles attached
- Air Jamaica Skywriting, October 1999
- Article: “Don’t Throw Those Books Out
- Southern Heart Beat, August 1999
- Article: Opening the Way to Literacy
- Southern Heart Beat, July 1999
Article: Honouring the Future, Respecting The Past
- Mandeville Weekly, April 15, 1999
Article Senior Citizens Treated By The Allen-Shaw Foundation/Marcus
Garvey Youth Club
- Mandeville Weekly, February 1999
- Article "Marcus Garvey Club and Allen-Shaw
Reading Room Honor Golden Age"
- The Jamaican Observer, October 31, 1998
- Article: Savanna-la-Mar High making strides
- The Gleaner, January 16, 1997 (Editorial Comments)
- JBC Television (Video Tape Available)
- Programs: Morning Time-December 23, 1996
- A Ray Of Hope-December 26, 1996
- Mandeville Weekly, December 19, 1996
- Article: “New Innovative Library in South Manchester”
The Allen Shaw Readings Rooms need your Financial
Support. Great things are happening for our children in Jamaica.
Help us keep the momentum going!!!!
Allen-Shaw Reading Room
Resource District, Jamaica, West Indies
Building Project for Second Level to begin early 2003
For more information call:
Foundation, Inc. at (718) 379-4232 or E-mail: [email protected]