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"First of all, I want to tell the Melbourne and Michael Folkes Foundation thanks for everything they have done. It means to me that I am going to be a good person and be respectful to everyone around me. It also encourages me to be a hardworking, caring and honest person. I will excel in my school work, my relationship with God and allow my true potential to shine. I believe in myself that anything is possible. I will be respectful to my mother and father so that my days can be long on this earth."

Samoya Henry, Student, Mount Waddy Primary School, Friendship, Jamaica


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