DSCN1580Jamaican Self-Help (JSH) is a non-governmental, registered charitable organization based in Peterborough, Ontario founded in 1978 by John & Rosemary Ganley, two teachers from Peterborough. In its beginnings, JSH was a volunteer based organization that worked with a Jamaican musical group to inform Canadians about inner city projects in Jamaica. As a result of this partnership, Canadians began fundraising, collecting goods, and organizing volunteer and awareness trips to Jamaica.  JSH was incorporated in 1980 and since our humble beginning, has raised over $9.8 million dollars. Created with a vision to help struggling youth and families in Jamaica get out of poverty, JSH has a mandate to support education and community development programmes focusing on literacy, youth and skills development in Jamaica as well as the facilitation of education and engagement of Canadians on global issues.

The slogan for JSH is “Empowering People and Building Community,” which has become our core mandate and guiding principle behind every project supported by the organization.  In Jamaica, we have formed long-term partnerships with schools and community centres where we support literacy programs, skills and job training, family counselling and support and community development activities. Our partners are responsive and effective in addressing changing needs and we ensure there are sufficient management personnel and principles in place to effectively and efficiently manage and report on the projects that we financially support.


Awards and Recognition

In 2012, Jamaican Self-Help was awarded the Jamaican High Commissioner’s Award for our committment and contribution to improving the quality of life in communities in Jamaica.

Government Funding

Jamaican Self-Help acknowledges the support of the following:

Previous programs have been undertaken with the financial support of The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and the Canadian International Development Agency (now part of Global Affairs Canada) which provided funding support for our partners and programs.