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The American Friends of Jamaica

HRH Prince of Wales

HRH Prince of Wales
AFJ Patron of Honor
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Upcoming Event

2014 Jamaica Charity Ball
Four Seasons Hotel
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Miami, FL

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Past Events


2013 Hummingbird Gala and Benefit
St. Regis Hotel
Friday, October 25, 2013
New York, NY

2013 Jamaica Charity Ball
Four Seasons Hotel
April 13, 2013
Miami, FL

2012 Hummingbird Gala
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Marriott Marquis Times Square
New York, NY
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2012 Peacock Soiree
March 31, 2012
Jungle Island, Miami, Florida

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2012 Grant Ceremony
April 4, 2012
Montego-Bay, Jamaica
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Click here to see a photo from the ceremony

2012 Cobb Lecture
University of the West Indies Campus
The Undercraft of the Senate Building

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Welcome!

The American Friends of Jamaica Inc. welcomes you! We are a charitable 501(c)(3) organization built on the principles of service and philanthropy; and have been established to render assistance in the areas of:

  • Education
  • Healthcare, and
  • Economic Development

The AFJ works with a broad coalition of Jamaican organizations and stakeholders to bring about change in the lives of Jamaicans in need. By partnering and contributing to the AFJ; you have the ability to give an education to those who have none; to provide much needed medical care for young mothers, children at risk, the elderly and infirm; and the physically challenged.

St. Andrew Care Center (SACC)

The St. Andrew Care Center (SACC) is an outreach of the Saint Andrew Parish
Church that serves as an intervention program aimed at male youth at risk in the
Half-Way-Tree area and other inner-city communities of greater Kingston. It is a
charitable organization that rehabilitates “city street boys”. The St. Andrew Care
Centre is a non-governmental, non-profitable organization offering programs to
rehabilitate “Street and at Risk boys” between the ages of 10 to 15. The goal is to
integrate them into society to become positive and productive contributors. Presently, a remedial education and counseling intervention program is offered. The boys are from inner-city communities and without parental supervision; some without parents fending for themselves. The goal of SACC is to rescue of the next generation while contributing to the effort to stem the violence that plagues our nation.

Cornwall Regional Hospital – Pediatric Ward

Generally, the Cornwall Regional Hospital and the pediatric ward in particular present grave needs that demand our collective attention.

  • Hospital is 37 years old and serves the Western part of the island where over 1 million people reside
  • Treats on average 7600 patients monthly
  • Pediatric Ward is overcrowded and not child friendly
  • Overcrowding leads to children being turned away, as well as lack of privacy or ability to isolate children in time of need
  • Pediatric Ward lacks both major and minor equipment such as ventilators, vital sign monitors and infant warmers just to name a few

The goals of our fund raising efforts are to equip the Pediatric Ward with the necessary tools to provide adequate care and create a space that is both children friendly and supportive of staff efforts.

 

Recent AFJ News

2013 Jamaica Charity Gala, Miami, FL

January 30, 2013 - NEW YORK, NY

The American Friends of Jamaica, Inc. (AFJ), in collaboration with the Jamaica Committee, will host a joint fund raising gala, the 2013 Jamaica Charity Ball, in Miami on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the elegant Four Seasons Hotel at 1435 Brickell Avenue, Miami.  The gala will honor Ms.Thalia Lyn, CEO and Managing Director of Island Grill, recognizing Ms. Lyn’s outstanding achievements and unwavering philanthropic support for Jamaica, and Mr. Glen Mills, dedicated Coach of the Racers Track Club.  Ms. Lyn will receive the International Humanitarian Award and Coach Mills will be presented with the International Achievement Award.

Click here to read the press release. (PDF)

 



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Grantees

The AFJ is committed to Jamaica's development in the following areas:

EDUCATION
Increasing access to educational opportunities in Jamaica

HEALTHCARE
Increasing access to quality healthcare and improving medical services on the island

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Providing opportunities for human and economic development for Jamaican families and communities

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