Greg Netro, the president of the northeast and southeast Florida divisions of Toll Brothers, is the co-founder of a nonprofit based in Jacksonville, Florida, that plans to construct an orphanage in Jamaica for abused and abandoned children. As the project awaits permit approval, Netro has been making periodic trips to the island. In early December 2016, Netro and about 40 of his company’s employees traveled to Chester for a Christmas party. The group brought a load of gifts for about 100 children there. They brought suitcases full of dolls, soccer balls, school supplies, toiletries, and other items to an all-ages school and also spent time with the children playing soccer and face-painting. Netro made his first visit to Jamaica in 2011, when he and Denise and Alex Pecci, two other mission-trip participants, started thinking about how they could help existing orphanages. Ultimately, they decided that it would be most effective to create and operate their own organization.
The Tiny Hope Children’s Home, a nonprofit named after a Jamaican orphan, will be built in phases on 15 acres near Chester. It will provide shelter, necessities, food, and education for abused and abandoned children; it will also provide jobs in the community. The budget for its development totals $6.8 million, and plans include a primary school, a girls and boys home, clinic and facilities for recreation, equestrian and aquaponics programs. It will also include livestock, an orchard and a solar field. Netro and his supporters have cleared land and constructed a driveway. They are waiting for permits to start building the first phase, which is designed to accommodate about 12 children. When completed, the campus will house some 80 children.
Photo Source: Tiny Hope Children’s Home