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Help us build a staircase for a school in Jamaica!

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Project ended on December 08, at 09:00 AM CST
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Support Educational Safety in Woodford, Jamaica!

   Projects With Underserved Communities Team Jamaica 2024

We are Projects with Underserved Communities (PUC) Team Jamaica 2023-2024! Our group comprises of seven undergraduate students from the Cockrell School of Engineering and the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. We aim to design and construct a second staircase for Woodford Primary and Infant School in Kingston, Jamaica, as the second floor only has one exit and continues to fail inspections from the fire department. 


In May 2024 our team will travel to Kingston, Jamaica, and with the help of the United Way of Jamaica and our technical advisors, we will build a second staircase as a new way of egress at Woodford Primary and Infant School. 

The implementation of a second staircase will help the school pass its fire inspections and ensure that children can exit safely in an emergency.

   Existing Staircase    

  Current Draft of the New Staircase (Side of The School)

Preliminary Render of Staircase

Throughout the fall and spring semester, our team will be working on designing and fundraising for the staircase. We will consult with UWJ, Woodford Primary, and our technical advisors to ensure that the staircase fits the school's needs and will be structurally sound. During the project implementation in May, we will help with construction alongside our contractor and skilled laborers. Our team will strive to create and implement a sustainable design as this project will impact future generations of students that attend Woodford Primary.


We are excited to announce that this is PUC's first time going to Jamaica, and therefore, PUC's first partnership with the non-profit organization United Way of Jamaica (UWJ). UWJ's mission is to "mobilize resources to transform lives throughout Jamaica." Helping Woodford Primary build a new staircase aligns with UWJ's principal pillars of education, health, and sustainability.

Throughout the year we will be in contact with UWJ, the principal of Woodford Primary, our contractor, and our technical advisors (professional engineers on PUC's advisory board) in order to ensure that the project is sustainable and has a positive impact.

    United Way of Jamaica Team 


We are committed to raising at least $15,000 to design and construct the second staircase at Woodford Primary and Infant School. Your support will go to the materials needed to build our project, contractor and labor costs, and technical advisor costs. All materials will be purchased in-country with the help of our contractor, A. Saunders and Associates Limited. Any amount helps make this project a reality. PUC aims to help communities worldwide, and we are excited that our team will be in Jamaica next year. Please donate today! 

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Team Jamaica

There are 7 team members on PUC Jamaica 2023, and 7 teachers at Woodford Primary and Infant School.



PUC was founded in 2010, 13 years ago!



Jamaica is composed of 28 islands.


Every Step Counts

We will be doubling the amount of steps at the school, from 20 steps to 40 steps.


The 70's

The only staircase that the school has was built in the 70's.



100% of your donation will go to building costs, labor costs and our technical advisors.


The Students

We are helping 174 kids have a safer school environment.



Gordontown sits at 220 meters above sea level.


Thanks Joanette!

Joanette is a PUC Service Learning Board (SLAB) Member who proposed for PUC to start a project in Jamaica. And the most exciting part: She's Jamaican! Her favorite movie is 500 Days of Summer


The Impact

Building a second staircase at the school will increase safe evacuation in an emergency.


The 1st

This is the first year that PUC is going to Jamaica!


You're Awesome

This is the amount of money that we need for our project. :)

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