American Friends of Jamaica do the Rounds
The board of directors of the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) are once again in Jamaica to disburse scholarships and grants to schools and community organisations that are in need.
The group, led by President Wendy Hart, attended a welcome cocktail reception at CRU Bar and Restaurant on Sunday evening. Yesterday morning, they visited Alpha Boys' School and Promise Learning, before attending the official grant ceremony at the United States Embassy, St Andrew.
Asked why they continue this vital work for Jamaica, former United States Ambassador to Jamaica Sue Cobb said, "How we treat each other, how we treat our neighbours, how we help to educate all children, how we react to the plight of others - whether as individuals or in groups - is integral to the measure of our time on Earth."
For Ambassador Brenda LaGrange Johnson, it is because "everyone's future is unknown; charitable acts create a good balance and are stepping stones in the right direction". On the other hand, Ambassador J. Gary Cooper believes, "it is a way of saying 'thank you' for my blessings".
Ambassador Glen Holden and his wife, Gloria, told The Gleaner, "I thank God for my four years of living in Jamaica and 27 years of working for Jamaica."
Here are some pictorial highlights of the activities.