American Friends of Jamaica Gives Millions to Jamaica
Members of the board of directors of the American Friends of Jamaica, Inc (AFJ) will travel to Jamaica to preside over the annual official grant ceremony and a series of outreach work in Kingston on April 19 and 20. The ceremony will take place on April 20 at the United States embassy, 142 Old Hope Road in St Andrew.
Discretionary grants and donor-direct grant awards of more than J$26 million will be presented to Alpha Boys' School, Breds Youth Leadership Programme, Caribbean American Center of New York, St Elizabeth Schools, Chichibud, Cornwall Regional Hospital, CUMI, Do Good Jamaica, Dudley Grant Foundation, Hampton Old Girls, Friends of Hopewell School, Hanover Charities, Jamaica Epilepsy Foundation, JASY, Maxfield Park Children's Home, PALS, Promise Learning, Race Course Primary, Rose Town Foundation, Project Sprout, Sickle Cell Trust, SOS Children's Village, St Mary's Preparatory, Teach Caribbean, Tennis Jamaica, The Animal House, Waterhouse Community Benevolent Society, YUTE and four University of the West Indies bursaries of scholarships from the Cobb Family Foundation, Ambassador J. Gary Cooper, Ambassador Glen and Gloria Holden, and the Ralph & Ricky Lauren Family Foundation.
FOCUS ON EDUCATION
Executive director of the AFJ, Caron Chung, told The Gleaner, "Our grants this year are awarded with a heavy emphasis on education. We believe every child should have an opportunity to learn. Everything we do stems from education for a better quality of life. All of us play a role in building that future; lighting a spark that will hopefully build to a great flame."
Incoming AFJ president, Wendy Hart, and other board directors will host the proceedings, with greetings from United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Luis G. Moreno.
Some 45 applications were vetted and evaluated by the AFJ grant committee, to ensure applicants meet the organisation's criteria, and 15 discretionary grant awards were approved. The AFJ is able to award grants from proceeds raised from annual fundraisers in New York and Miami, private foundations, corporate partnerships, and donor-direct contributions.
A welcome reception to show appreciation to local corporate partners and friends in the media is among the activities on the directors' itinerary. While on the island, the AFJ will also facilitate a separate United States-based corporate donation to the Issa Trust Foundation Medical Mission, to be presented in Montego Bay, and the directors will visit and tour two grantee facilities in Kingston.
Founded in 1982, the American Friends of Jamaica is a charitable 501(c)(3) organisation built on the principles of service and philanthropy.