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'Mama' sparks joy online

Published:Friday | March 9, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Joy Baker, better known as 'Mama Joy', looks at her photograph after she was featured in The Gleaner's special tribute to women yesterday. - Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer

The Gleaner has received numerous responses on its website,, to yesterday's lead story on Joy Baker, dubbed 'Mama Joy', who has been providing financial, educational, religious and moral support for the hundreds of young people in South Side and several other communities of central Kingston since the 1970s. Today, we share some of those responses.


Even her lips when she smiles is in the shape of a heart ... . Truly a woman of love, and no doubt a lovely woman.

People power

Thank the Lord for woman like this. May God keep on blessing you, good health and long life.


God bless you Mama Joy. You have the smile of an angel.


Wow, what a story. Mama Joy may God give you long and healthy life to continue doing what you are doing, God put you on this Earth for a purpose, may god bless you.

Suzette Burton

A woman to be considered for a national award next time round. A real unsung heroine. God bless you always Mama Joy.


Here's one for the national awards. Ronnie, ensure she gets it while she is alive, a begging you and Sista P.


Good deeds are done from a healthy heart - a heart of love. It is by faith that this outstanding Jamaican, Mama Joy, could have achieved the successes she can testify about. God bless you and may your rewards be many.


Very lovely and heart-warming article for a change on the front page. I can see the love pouring in every description of her, especially her smile. I hope this article can create a lot more 'Mama Joys' and also the effect it has on the society at large to publicise these stories. God bless you Mama!!!!


Mama Joy, I salute you in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You are a living example of perfection and the humanity we should all strive to reach. It's neither our gold nor our money that will set our nation free but hearts of millions like yours. HELP one ANOTHER!


May the good Lord continue to bless you Mama Joy.


What an angel. I am hoping the countless doctors and lawyers that she has helped will in turn help her to build a little community centre which can be used as a day care and maybe a kitchen where the hungry can be fed. Come on people, time to start giving back.


Thanks!! Just what Jamaica needs right about now. Proud to be a Jamaican!!


May God continue to bless you, give you strength and health so you can keep doing the good work.


Wonderful, wonderful story. We certainly need to celebrate and discover the genuine souls that make a difference in Jamaica. Let us all salute 'Mama Joy', this angel for so many. Fittingly, this story is shared on International Women's Day. The role of women in Jamaica is so vital to the next generation. Thank you for this very inspirational story.


Mama Joy brought back memories of my mom who lived on the other side of the community. She cared for the young and the old and was well respected in the community. These acts of kindness are far reaching beyond one's imagination, especially one such outpouring of love comes from the pockets of the 'widow's mite'.


A heart-warming story about a woman with a big heat. We need more like you. May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live!


We get these gems in The Gleaner every now and then, and it must dawn on us that hope is around every corner in Jamaica. Keep up the good work, Mama Joy.


WOW... tears... many of us have so much more than we think, yet we complain and people with less than us do so much more, not even for themselves but for others... I guess it really matters not how much you have but your willingness to do what you can (the rest will come).

My genuine thanks to you Mama Joy for the inspiration... . We can't all do the same things, but we can all do something.

Voice of Reason

If only we could all treat each other the way you have treated these children. Loving and caring for them despite having very little resources. You are a wonderful human being and I am so happy there are people around like you to show us how we should live with each other... . God bless you Mama.