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Address: 3 Duke Street, Kingston
Telephone: (876) 922-3126, 922-3127
Fax: (876) 922-0054
Email: krc@cwjamaica.com
Web Site: http://www.kingstonrestoration.com/intro.htm

Kingston Restoration Company Limited (KRC) is an urban regeneration agency that provides development service to local, regional and international clients. KRC was incorporated in March 1983 as a response to the rapid decline of social and economic conditions caused by the extreme political polarization between the two dominant political parties and their supporters. This resulted in political violence, the creation of party-controlled garrison communities, and the collapse of Downtown Kingston as the prime centre for business and commerce. An exodus of government and public service providers ensued. In 1982, 36% of the labour force within a two mile radius of Downtown Kingston was unemployed. From 1983 to 1985 KRC undertook research on the restoration costs for the buildings along the Harbour Street corridor. In September 1986 the USAID sponsored, Inner Kingston Development Project (IKDP) provide assistance with the aim of revitalising the economic situation downtown thereby providing badly needed employment  the surrounding areas. As a result of KRC's strategies; private investment increased, jobs were available, production space for Government offices was created and residents were able to participate in educational support programme and avail themselves of health facilities.

Executive Director
Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  1. Action Research Initiative - the ARI was set up to produce material that suggests approaches and provides recommendations for overcoming meso-level blockages to improvement in the quality of life of poor urban residents; thus adding to the scarcity of knowledge in the development community about effective approaches to working in complex, violent and socially fragmented urban areas to promote poverty alleviation. The ARI's goal then involves the testing and promoting of possible solutions to structural/institutional blockages to urban poverty alleviation initiatives towards the ultimate aim of assisting in the improvement of the quality of life of the urban poor.

  2. Early Childhood Education Programme - objectives are to develop a cadre of youth, educated, disciplined and committed, who will begin to form the foundation of a regenerated down town community. The programme aims to develop and implement a range of projects targeted towards children 3-6 that will result in increased access to facilities and improved teaching and enhanced learning. There are presently 9 Basic Schools in the project with a population numbering over 550 students. The nine schools are located in the communities of ; Jones Town, Allman Town, Rose Town, Denham Town and Trench Town

  3. Jamaica Urban Poverty Project - JUPP began in 1997 to achieve sustained improvements in the quality of life for poor urban communities across Jamaica. This has been accomplished by developing and implementing urban initiatives that respond to the needs of the different communities, which can be replicated island wide. Thematic Areas under focus include

    1. Environment & Shelter,

    2. Micro- Enterprise & Job Creation,

    3. Community & Institutional Capacity Building,

    4. Education for Change,

    5. Safer Communities

  4. Necessary Educational Training - The NET programme was initiated in September 1998 “to catch” out-of-school youth and re-integrate them into society. It is an intense programme of remedial training in literacy and numeracy skills. The participants are also exposed to training in reproductive health, family life education, cultural, personal and development counseling “Street/Corner” youth continue to be a growing concern in the inner city communities of Kingston. These youngsters’ ages ranging from 10-18 years are characterized by a culture of drugs, begging and loafing. Moreover, they live in communities that often pervade an atmosphere of social, environmental and economic despair. NET's mission is to provide educational, spiritual and social development opportunities for “out-of-school” youth within the inner-city communities of Kingston, Jamaica. To meet the objectives of NET, KRC works in collaboration with other agencies and organizations such as the Ministry of Education, Jamaica Council of Churches, and Family Life Ministries, Jamaica Defense Force, Social Development Commission, Churches and others.

  5. The Peace and Prosperity Project - is a three-year inner-city development project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). KRC is implementing for this Project in the communities of Grants Pen and Stand Pipe which aims improve the quality of life for the residents of these communities. The Youth Educational Support System (YESS) was introduced in 1990 to address:

    1. High school drop out whether by teenage pregnancy, poverty, and other social problems;

    2. Lack of parental guidance;

    3. Lack of role models; and 

    4. Declining attitudes and low academic performance.

This programme seeks to target students reside in the inner-city communities of Central Kingston, Jones Town and the surrounding areas, which attend a wide cross section of high schools in the corporate area. Current:

  1. Kingston Restoration Foundation

  2. Kingston Urban Renewal Project

  3. Property Operations

  4. Citizens Security and Justice Programme

  5. Construction Assistance Skills Transfer and Learning the Environment

Current Projects

The Kingston Restoration Fund currently funds projects in 4 main sectors:

  1. Capacity Building – This involves developing the potential for organisations and individuals in a community to respond to the needs they identify around them. This is an important element in enabling organisations to become more self-reliant and sustainable. Examples of projects which fall under this category are the provision of office equipment for an organisation or furniture for a community centre.

  2. Education (Early Childhood and Skills Training) – Enabling young children to have a sound foundation in their education is seen as vital in the development of any community. The URTF supports early childhood institutions and primary schools to develop their activities, for example through providing computers and furniture. The URTF also supports education later on in life, for example through providing equipment for skills training programmes.

  3. Environment and Shelter – Many inner-city communities suffer from environmental problems, such as poor housing and a lack of usable public spaces. These problems contribute to negative feelings among the residents towards their community and an overall feeling of powerlessness to change anything. Examples of projects funded in this area include the renovation of community parks and the provision of a water tank for a public sanitation facility.

  4. Micro-Enterprise – Inner-city communities experience high levels of unemployment and underemployment. Through supporting mirco-enterprise projects, we are enabling these communities to start to address this problem and to build better lives for community members and their families. Examples of projects funded in this category include community block making projects and chicken farms.

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