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Catholic Charity Work in Jamaica

Population: 2.95 million
Percent Below Poverty Line: 17.1%

Jamaica is an island country located in the Caribbean Sea and sustained by its service economy. Jamaica’s neighbors include Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. It’s 2.9 million people are mostly of sub-Saharan African ancestry. For over 500 years, Jamaica has been predominately Christian, with 70% of its population Protestant, 28% other denominations, and 2% Catholic. There are three Catholic dioceses in Jamaica with the largest in Kingston. The Missionaries of the Poor (MOP) was founded in 1981 in Jamaica to serve the poorest of the poor. Fifteen years later, in 1996, the Compassionate Franciscan Sisters of the Poor (CFSOP) were founded and they have gently served the poor and marginalized in Jamaica ever since.

Explore the tabs below to learn more about how Catholic World Mission helps support this important work in Jamaica.

Compassionate Franciscan Sisters of the Poor (CFSOP)

The Mission in Jamaica

COVID-19 hit Jamaica hard and its people have suffered greatly with the tourism industry grinding to a halt. Hotels are closed. Many service workers are displaced. Children are out of school and languishing at home. The overwhelming impact has reached the Compassionate Franciscan Sisters of the Poor (CFSOP) in the Diocese of Montego Bay. Explore the other tabs to learn more about how the sisters deliver basic needs to those who are the most vulnerable and hungry.
CFSOP in Jamaica are helping people during Covid pandemic
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