Deacon Kevin Carges recently received a Peace and Social Justice Spirit Award from St. John Fisher College in recognition of his work with Eight 4 Third World Hope, a charity he founded in late 2009 with the help of six of his fellow members of the college’s Class of 1984.
Deacon Carges received the award because he has truly lived the spirit of the college’s mission and creed, which value goodness, discipline and knowledge, as well as dedication to intellectual, professional and civic integrity and service to others, according to the program from the Feb. 24 awards ceremony.
Eight 4 Third World Hope’s first goal was to raise enough money to build a new school in an impoverished area in Jamaica. The charity reached that goal quickly, raising more than $28,000 by mid-December 2010. Deacon Carges visited the site of the new school in January, and construction began on the school in February.
Eight 4 Third World Hope currently is raising funds for a new bathroom facility at Bensonton Primary School in Jamaica. This school’s only bathroom facility is a 30-year-old, primitive outhouse. Many students are afraid to use it, which negatively affects the children’s health and contributes to increased school absences. The new bathroom facility will have separate boys’ and girls’ rooms, complete with toilets and sinks.
For more information about Deacon Carges or Eight 4 Third World Hope, visit www.eight4thirdworldhope.org.