Their funds support:
- Programs that feed school children, the elderly and indigent
- Facilities, clinics, institutions and projects that provide health care
- School feeding programs
- Organizations that promote positive values and education for children
- Promising students in need of financial aid through the Morris-Watkins Memorial Scholarship
Hanover Charities honor their responsibility and provide appropriate records and ongoing reports documenting donations received, grants awarded and people served. They commit themselves to honesty in all their relationships and interactions. Through their integrity of their actions, Hanover Charities maintain trust of their community and donors locally and abroad.
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How Hanover Charities came about
In the 1950’s the very charismatic, then Custos Rotolorum of Hanover, Willy De Lisser along with his wife Ida lived at the Blue Hole Great House. Known as “Custos”, Willy De Lisser, and Ida, famed for their excellent hospitality and internationally renowned polo field, entertained many visitors, including royalty such as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip as well as the host of celebrities who were flocking to the island.
An old Jamaican family, the De Lisser’s were great supporters of the community and every christmas “Custos” would slaughter a cow for the Hospital and infirmary patients’ christmas dinner. This had spiralled to the family supporting the disadvantaged of the parish. During the year custos would contact the person, who was then called the Poor Relief Officer, to identify the parishioners who most needed assistance.
At Christmas each person would then get from the family 5 shillings, and the children 1 shilling, Ida would personally find out from the list who was who, (man, woman or child), and get a small gift for each one, which she would wrap and distribute. – Sometimes up to 200 plus gifts.
A winter visitor to Jamaica, Mrs. Bingle, heard about what the family did and was so impressed she made a cash donation to help out with the purchase of gifts and food.
Buoyed by this contribution from Mrs. Bingle, Custos felt that other guests flocking down to enjoy the Jamaican sun at the new Round Hill hotel run by his cousin John Pringle, would also like to contribute to the not so lucky in his parish – especially as Willy and Ida had introduced John to the Monsons of Round Hill and helped to get the resort up and running.
Visitors to Jamaica such as Prince Rainier of Monaco gave and continue to give generously to the charity.
Now an official charity organization – a wider outreach programme for the area began. The aim was, and the tradition continues, to improve the quality of life for the residents of Hanover – which has generally been regarded as the “Cinderella” of Jamaica.
Hanover Charities fills the role of Prince Charming and befittingly once a year the main fund raiser is the Sugar Cane Carnival or Ball held at Round Hill Hotel & Villas. Traditionally held in February when the cold climes chase the “r&f” to the warmer shores and the homeowners are in residence. The ball has become a date on the international social calendar.
From the Sugar Cane Carnival or Ball and donations from past, present and potential visitors to Jamaica – this non-profit organization (largest in western Jamaica) now has grown to assist over sixty charities in the parish, reaching over 25,000 citizens either directly or indirectly.
Community health, education and welfare activities, such as “soup kitchens” all have benefited from the largesse of this generous group of people. However, aid is not given out lightly and requests for funding are carefully investigated and screened by the charity board – now under the eagle eye of Chairperson Katrin Schafelner Casserly.
The emphasis is credibility, feasibility and project justification and during the project full accountability of the allocated funds.