FSF is named after Rev. Fergus Simpson, a minister who served the community of Chapelton, Clarendon for over 50 years. His influence extended to the wider expanse of Jamaica, the land he deeply loved. On October 16, 2000, the far-reaching impact of his life was poignantly felt as over 3000 persons gathered to pay tribute to this man who "lived in a house by the side of the road and was a friend to man." During the period 1989 - 1992, Fergus was joined by his youngest daughter, Janeth. Working alongside him, she brought together a group of young people, Symphony of Praise, and provided them with an avenue to express their talents and abilities. In 2003 the family of Fergus Simpson combined the rich legacy of his life with the legacy of Symphony of Praise to form the Fergus Simpson Foundation (FSF), a nonprofit, 501(c)3 corporation, operating in the United States and Jamaica.
The vision of the Fergus Simpson Foundation is to see Chapelton restored to its place as one of Jamaica's most vibrant, model communities. Our vision is embodied in our slogan: TReasure the Past, TRain the Future, TRansform the Community
A VIBRANT community is one that is economically self-sufficient, with easy access to quality education, entertainment, health care, and support services. It has spiritually aware citizens and solid leadership.
As a MODEL community, Chapelton will represent the possibility of transformation of other similar communities across Jamaica - poverty to riches, from destitution to progressiveness.
Chapelton is a unique COMMUNITY having geographical and social boundaries that make it special; Chapelton is and will always be "one of a kind."
The mission of the Fergus Simpson Foundation is to enrich Chapelton and its surrounding areas by equipping its residents with educational, entrepreneurial, emotional, and spiritual resources and tools to improve their quality of life. This mission supports our vision of a vibrant, model community as one that is economically self-sufficient, with easy access to quality education, entertainment, health care, and support services. It has spiritually aware citizens and solid leadership.
To effect this mission, FSF has formulated a short-term strategic plan focused on Economic development, Education development, Leadership Development, and Benevolence.
Our Summer Enrichment Camp is one of the vehicles we use to introduce our short-term strategic plan to the community. At the Summer Camp we focus on Service (Benevolence), Entrepreneurship (Economic Development), Leadership (Leadership), and Fine Arts, all in a fun learning environment ( Education).
We will utilize Chapelton's natural resources for profitable businesses, develop a semi/skilled labor force, create employment opportunities, teach residents to be entrepreneurs, and bring businesses to Chapelton.
Goal 1: Develop and promote Chapelton as an in-island tourist destination.
Goal 2: Sponsor income-generating community events and competitions.
Goal 3: Support skills training and application of training.
Goal 4: Promote entrepreneurship and support local entrepreneurial projects.
Goal 5: Encourage businesses to locate in Chapelton.
We will improve Chapelton residents' access to quality local primary education and external tertiary education.
Goal 6: Support early childhood education.
Goal 7: Increase awareness and support requirements for University entrance.
Goal 8: Provide 1% interest tertiary education loan for all Chapelton residents.
Goal 9: Increase literacy.
We will develop leadership skills in youth and adults and develop FSF as a community leadership organization
Goal 10: Establish and train a Future Leaders of Chapelton (FLOC) group.
Goal 11: Establish a Youth Leadership Training Institute.
We recognize that there are always immediate needs to be met in the community. We have established several funds to directly address these needs as they arise.
Goal 12: Meet immediate, short-term needs in the community.