In our 2011 Ladies Retreat, we made a commitment to support Operation Restoration in Jamaica. In 1988, whilst living in West Palm Beach, Ms Lorna Stanley started this non-profit Christian organization which operated the Restoration ministry bi-annual treats in Seaview Gardens, Jamaica for ten years.
In 1994, after living in the States for more than 30 years, Lorna sold all she owned and returned to Jamaica permanently in answer to what she believes was a divine calling. There, she founded the Operation Restoration Centre in Rema, Trench Town in an attempt to alleviate violence, poverty and illiteracy which exist in that community.
After operating an after-school programme for nearly three years, Lorna established the Operation Restoration Christian School (ORCS) for remedial education where she is still the Principal.
The student population has varied between 120 to its current 68 pre-teens and young teenagers and over the years in excess of 1,200 students have passed through its doors. With the exception of just a handful of students, most were unable to read and write upon enrolment in the school but after attending three to four years, scores have been able to pass qualifying exams for admission to such prestigious schools as Jamaica College, Holy Cross and a number of technical schools.
Over the years, Ms Lorna has also implemented numerous successful projects within the school as well as the wider community. In addition to her nearly 17 tireless and personal sacrificial years of dedicated work with ORCS, Mrs. Stanley also serves as a Justice of Peace for the parish of Kingston.
In 2004, she received a National Honour – the Badge of Honour for Meritorious Service for her work in Trench Town. In November 2010, Lorna was invited as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show in recognition of her hard work and dedication to the development of the inner city. Among the many “Oprah’s Favourite Things” she received was the newly re-designed 2012 Volkswagen Beetle.
An inspiring lady, Ms Lorna Stanley is now lovingly known as the “Queen of Trench Town, and we count it a privilege to be able to support the work that she does in her community.
Visit the Operation Restoration website to find out more.