Ask one volunteer to share their story, and so many more start popping into our inboxes! This time, the story comes through our Mama G, Great Shape! Inc. co-founder (Georgene Crowe). It’s a story of just how much Great Shape! impacts those in Jamaica as well as the beauty of connections.

Norma Cook lives in the U.S. and is the Godmother to a young girl, named Emily, in Logwood, Hanover, Jamaica. Norma heard Great Shape! Inc. sponsors uniforms for Jamaican students, and contacted SuperKids about how to buy a uniform for Emily. Emails flew between SuperKids co-founders, Mama G and Gretchen, and Norma. Mama G and Gretchen hoped Emily would attend Logwood Basic School, where Great Shape! Ambassador, Joyce (Betty) Smith, is the principal. If this could happen, we could assure effective connections for Emily’s uniforms. When Norma asked Emily’s parents where she would be attending school, the answer was… Logwood!

Success! We put Norma and Betty in contact with each other, becoming fast friends. And what about a uniform for Emily? Betty was delighted to help out! Norma shared her thanks with Mama G in the following:

Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for your assistance and guidance in making the provision of these uniforms a reality. It is such a pleasure knowing there are people who really care about others, especially the children, and endeavor to provide them with a happier, more fulfilling life and future. Through the provision of the “little” things they cannot easily obtain for themselves, they are afforded the opportunity to excel and set new life goals. The opportunity and encouragement to achieve through education is priceless and critical in reaching the children as early in their schooling as possible.

Thank you Norma and Mama G!

In Jamaica, children cannot attend school without a uniform. Along with literacy resources and curriculum, Great Shape! Inc.’s SuperKids Project provides about 350 children with a new uniform each year.

Want to put a child in school? It’s only $15! Donate online at and specify “uniforms” or send donation to Great Shape! Inc., PO Box 252, Ashland OR 97520