The Cari-Med & Kirk Distributors Foundation is a charitable organization registered under the laws of Jamaica. The Foundation seeks to strengthen the philanthropic activities of Cari-Med Ltd. and its sister company Kirk Distributors Limited. Our mission is to support Jamaica’s social and economic development by investing in activities related to education, health and community building.
Our work is driven by the recognition that voluntary initiatives and public-private partnerships are an innovative and pragmatic means of contributing to national welfare. We therefore seek to mobilize resources among our local and international partners to address some of the pressing needs relating to health, education and community development in Jamaica.
Our objectives are to:
address the shortage of quality public spaces in early childhood education
support the delivery of quality programmes and services in the education (focusing on early childhood) and health sectors and provide general assistance to community development/sport related activities.
At Cari-Med, we believe that communities are the foundation of our society, and that issues such as crime and violence must be tackled at that level. The Cari-Med Foundation is therefore very responsive to well-presented requests for funding of community-related projects.
The Foundation also supports other projects such as the Open Arms Drop in Centre on Windward Road in Kingston, on an ongoing basis. The Centre offers residential facilities to approximately seventy homeless men, and feeds at least fifty persons per month.
In addition to providing three meals per day, the Centre also assists clients with clothing, personal hygiene care, mental health care as well as skills training and job preparation.
Open Arms Drop In Centre
At Cari-Med, we believe that communities are the foundation of our society, and issues such as crime and violence must be tackled at that level.
We believe that Jamaica’s future prosperity depends on educating our young people, now. At the Cari-Med & Kirk Distributors Foundation, we give of both our time and resources to strengthen education. Our programmes include provision of infrastructure, Adopt-A-School projects, book drives and support for school development. Together with our partners in the public and private sectors we are committed to making quality early childhood education more accessible to children all over Jamaica.
Union Gardens Infant School
In 2013, the management team of Kirk Distributors Limited (KDL), was seeking to identify a meaningful community project in one of the low income communities nearby its offices. In their discussions with representatives of Union Gardens, it emerged that the community was in dire need of a suitable early childhood learning facility.
The Evelyn Mitchell Infant School / Centre of Excellence
In 2009, the Cari-Med Foundation received a request for assistance with improvement of physical facilities from Top Hill Basic School. During a site visit we recognized the school’s dire need...
Burke’s Basic School
In 2005, Cari-Med Ltd. formally adopted Burke’s Early Childhood Education Centre - now known as Burke’s Basic School - two years before the Cari-Med Foundation was established. Under the programme, the Foundation supports...
Brandon Hill Primary
In June 2014, the Cari-Med & Kirk Distributors Foundation refurbished and retrofitted the Computer Lab at the Brandon Hill Primary School in Clarendon. This is in keeping with the Foundations’ major thrust – education, especially at the Early Childhood Level.
Donation to Black River Hospital by Cari-Med Foundation
Dr. Aggrey Sajabi, Consultant Paediatrician at the Black River Hospital, demonstrates the use of an infant warmer to Mrs. Marva Christian, director of the Cari-Med/Kirk Distributors Foundation. Looking on at right is Mrs. Diana Brown Miller, CEO of the hospital. The occasion was the official handover of a neonatal unit to the hospital’s paediatric ward by the Foundation on Friday, November 20. In addition to the donation of neonatal care equipment, the Foundation assisted in retrofitting a section of the Paediatric Ward into a small nursery.
The Hope Institute
The Hope Institute is the Caribbean’s only palliative centre for terminally ill cancer patients. Over the years, Cari-Med has undertaken a number of upgrades to the facility ...
The Port Antonio Infirmary
Cari-Med’s adoption of the Port Antonio Infirmary, reflects our commitment to serving our community, and bringing joy and hope to Jamaica’s most vulnerable citizens.