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American Friends of Jamaica do the Rounds

Published:Tuesday | April 21, 2015 | 12:00 AM
From left: Frances Fulton, Caron Chung, Zacchary Harding and Katrin Casserly are caught in a happy mood.
Caron Chung (left), executive director of the American Friends of Jamaica and Wendy Hart, its president, smile for the camera at Sunday’s cocktail reception held at CRU Bar and Grill.
Sister Susan Frazer (left), chief executive officer of Alpha Institute/St John Bosco, with American Friends of Jamaica President Wendy Hart (centre), and past president of the organisation, Ambassador Brenda LaGrange Johnson, listen as a student of the institute plays music during a tour and prior to the presentation of a grant award at the Alpha Boy’s School yesterday.
Mark Jones chats with former United States ambassadors to Jamaica Sue Cobb (centre) and Brenda LaGrange Johnson at the American Friends of Jamaica welcome cocktail reception at CRU Bar and Restaurant, St Andrew on Sunday.
From left: Brenda LaGrange Johnson, Wendy Hart and Dr Laura Tanna smile for the camera during cocktails on Sunday.
A student of Promise Learning and Training Centre greets Glen Holden, former United States ambassador, and his wife, Gloria Holden, during a tour at the centre.
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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.