Category Archives: Donations

Strong Black Women

In April 2019, the Rita Marley Foundation(JA) launched its inaugural Song Writing Competition, for high schoolers.

The theme, Strong Black Women & Their Role in History. Results were announced on International Reggae Day, July 1.

Ardenne High School’s Afaya Pollack emerged overall winner-awarded $50,000 cash.

The Foundation enlisted master producer/musician Asley ‘Grub’ Cooper, to create a musical masterpiece, with the winning piece. On Friday November 15, Afaya Pollack and York Castle High School’s Shawvick Barrett(3rd place finalist) were in studio, with Grub, recording the song.

We invite you to download this track with and/or without vocals.

Please share your singing and/or dancing along to the tune with us! We would like to share your enjoyment of the song on our social sites.

Please send your submission to

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Please help

Your donations help fund all Rita Marley Foundation Programs.

For more information on making contributions, please contact us.

Our Thanks

Wholehearted thanks to Dr. Rita Marley, President/Founder Rita Marley Foundation,
Stephanie Marley(Director), Rosemary Duncan(Manager) & the incredible judging panel:
Ms. Beverley Lashley, CEO, National Library of Jamaica; Mr. Vernon Derby, Media Personality, Nationwide News Network 90FM; Dr. Keino Senior,Dean School of Arts Management and Humanities (SAMH) Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts; Dr. Michael Harris, Director of Studies at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.

Sharon Marley Raises Money for the Konkonuru Basic School in Ghana

In celebration of Bob Marley’s 70th Earth Day and Reggae Month, Sharon Marley, daughter of Rita Marley and Melody Maker is knitting her heart and soul into custom SCATS, perfect for winter protection. The hats, available in an array of custom colors, are selling for $70 (US) each, with all funds benefiting the Konkonuru Basic school in Ghana. Her goal is to raise enough money to purchase equipment for a play area that the little ones can enjoy and school supplies to further their education.

Here are a few examples of the beautiful hand-made hats, please email Sharon’s team directly at: to specify your preferred color and for the Paypal purchase information.

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Melkam Lidet Treat for Mary’s Child

On January 8, Rita Marley Foundation (JA) visited Mary’s Child Home. The institution is home to twelve (12) adolescent mothers (ages 13-17) and their babies.

The RMF(JA) made a donation of sanitary items; including, pampers, baby oil, dettol, toothpaste & deodorant. Our Foundation also treated the mothers and institution staff to sweet & savory snacks in celebration of Melkam Lidet.

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Photos of the mothers & babies are disallowed due to safety & security reasons.

Read more in the next issue of Harambe!

Thank You to Stephanie Marley

The Rita Marley Foundation (Jamaica) is very thankful to Ms. Stephanie Marley for donating of an extensive collection of children’s story books for the RMF (JA) Reading Skills Program.

Many Blessings to you Steph!