The Team

Ragni Trotta, Founder & Benefactor

The Books4Kids Jamaica program is spearheaded by Ragni Trotta, the wife of Charity Founder Robert T. Trotta. The daughter of two Norwegian school teachers, she is passionate about Early Childhood Education and the importance of reading and writing. A marketing professional with extensive experience from the media, tourism and resort development industries in several countries, Ms. Trotta is a post-graduate of The London School of Economics and Political Science (UK) with a MSc in Media, Communications and Development.

Frank Perolli, Board Member

Founding member and Board Member Frank Perolli has been a key part of the charity founder’s team since its startup in 2007. From Canada, the former General Motors executive has lived and worked in Jamaica for the last 13 years. He believes in giving back to the youth of the country, by way of assisting Kindergarten children to learn to read and write.

Kathy Dear

Kathy is a long term member of the Books4Kids Jamaica team. A native Jamaican from Montego Bay, she has travelled all over the island to deliver books to thousands of children during the last decade.

Arden Hamilton, Accountant

Arden Hamilton was born and grew up in the Parish of St. James, Jamaica. After attending Montego Bay Infant School and Cornwall College High School, he achieved his professional qualification in Business Administration majoring in accounting at accountant at The University of Technology (UTECH). While his parents gave him the best possible upbringing and education, Hamilton was keenly aware that not every Jamaican benefited from the same opportunities and wants to give back through the Books4Kids Jamaica program.

Heidi Zech, Photographer

Originally from Germany, Heidi is a professionally trained photographer. After moving to Jamaica, she obtained a degree in Hospitality Sales & Marketing and has worked with award winning teams within the industries of publishing, marketing, real estate and hospitality. Heidi has passionately lent a helping hand to Books4Kids Jamaica since the charity’s very beginning, in the knowledge that the programme has immense impact in paving the way to success for many of the island’s Kindergarten children.

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OUR MISSION

Books4Kids Jamaica’s primary aim is to help increase literacy by providing books and early educational materials to children in pre-schools across Jamaica.

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