Just a few suggestions for people taking things the the schools or orphanages. After several trips taking a few things to the schools in Negril, (Happy Hearts in Negril and Torrington in Sav)this trip we had a big fundraiser at home to do building projects at the schools and in the process got tons of school supplies, toys and shoes. So we ended up taking 14 peices of luggage, over 600 lbs of donations. We thought we had are act together, making arrangements with the airlines and with customs. When we arrived, we did not have the correct papers from the government and they kept 8 suitcases of our donations. It took two days, a trip the the schools, some government office and then back to Mobay to get them released,another 5 hour ordeal.
It seems you can take some things in your standard luggage but if you bring a lot of things, they take it and it is a pain getting it back. Too bad that the Jamaican goverment can't be a help in getting these donations to the schools instead of a beuracratic pain in the ****( ya mon, no problem does not apply at Jamaican customs). Not to let a few customs police hamper our efforts, next time we will have our act together and bring even more. It was so cool to see the kids with there love, there smiles, and there new school shoes. The kids love shoes (black or brown for school), toy cars for the boys, logo clothing, and dolls for the girls. Teachers need any school supplies you can get together.