The Melbourne and Michael Folkes Foundation to me means that I should be Mighty In Character. It encourages me to be strong in everything I do. It helps me to be confident in myself and in everything I do. It helps me to believe in myself and to do my school work. It also helps me to achieve my goals and set them the right way. It also encourages me to build my faith, joy and peace.

Omario Gordon, Student, Mount Waddy Primary School, Friendship, Jamaica

First of all I want to tell the Melbourne and Michael Folkes Foundation thanks for everything you do for the school. You are Mighty in Character! You are a hardworking person of God. You are mighty and great to me and powerful in character. God bless you forever.

Tania Mckenzie, Student, Mount Waddy Primary School, Friendship, Jamaica

News

August 15, 2016 Jamaica Observer: Helping Mount Waddy - Michael Folkes gives back to his community

April 13, 2016 The Cincinnati Herald: Michael A. Folkes’ life is more than rags-to-riches tale

August 6, 2015 WLWT-TV Cincinnati: Foundation donates school supplies to Envision Children program

August 5, 2015 WLWT-TV Cincinnati: Foundation helps Envision Children students gear up for school

December 17, 2014:

The man from Friendship, Jamaica: Author & businessman Michael Folkes says 'hard work is not enough'

April 20, 2014: Successful US-based Jamaican gives back to his roots

It was a celebratory atmosphere at the Mount Waddy Primary School in Friendship, Moneague, St Ann last Monday, for the launch of the Melbourne and Michael Folkes Foundation, more popularly referred to as MIC (Mighty in Character).

The Foundation, which is expected to empower the children at the school, as well as community members, was launched by Michael Folkes in honour of his grandfather, Melbourne Folkes. Folkes said that he launched the foundation in order to share his success with people from his roots.   Read full story