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Special Projects of the AFJ

Cornwall Regional Hospital

A 40 foot container with medical equipment and supplies was presented to the Pediatric Ward at Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The container includes an ultra sound machine, vital sign monitors, suction machines, pulse oximeter, defibrillators and nebulizers. Also included are electric beds, cribs and infant diapers, gurneys, and wheelchairs. The medical equipment and supplies are valued at approximately U$97,000.

Over 1 million people rely on the Cornwall regional Hospital for medical care. The Pediatric Ward admits approximately 2,000 children - from newborns to 12 year olds - annually. The largest number of admissions of the Pediatric Ward is due to respiratory illnesses and infectious diseases. Premature babies comprise the majority of respiratory cases. The Pediatric Ward therefore needs equipment, such as vital signs machines, oxygen saturation machines, and nebulizers; supplies that are essential to provide medical attention to Jamaican children.

A Thousand Roofs of Love

The island of Jamaica was struck severely by Hurricane Dean on Sunday August 19, 2007 causing major wind damage, significant flooding and storm surges in several of the island's Southern parishes. Following the hurricane many children and families lived in shelters and suffered significant loss in their homes and personal belongings.

In response to the needs of the citizens of Jamaica, United States Ambassador to Jamaica Brenda LaGrange Johnson and husband J. Howard Johnson, Ambassadors Sue and Chuck Cobb, and AFJ Chairman, Amb. Glen and Gloria Holden, each personally pledged US$20,000 to support the roof repairs for one thousand (1000) homes. The "A Thousand Roofs of Love" project was executed in partnership with the Missionaries of the Poor, led by Father Richard Ho Lung and the American Friends of Jamaica. Read More

Sabre Foundation

In honor of Vanessa Noel and the staff at Round Hill Hotel, the Sabre Foundation contributed books to the University of the West Indies Medical School, Hanover Charities and Friends of Hopewell. The Sabre Foundation believes in universal access to learning and distributes new books and other educational materials to support education, private sector growth, research, and higher learning around the world.


The Jamaica Track Fund

The Jamaica Track Fund is an exciting new effort to support the future of Jamaican track and the opportunities it creates for the youth. The Fund will establish a monetary award program to offer grants to assist track athletes training to represent Jamaica in international competition.


United Way of Jamaica

In February 2007, the American Friends of Jamaica through the generosity of Amb. Glen Holden pledged to support United Way of Jamaica’s Majors Gift Initiative with a challenge grant in the amount of US$50,000. The objective of the AFJ’s challenge grant is to inspire local, individual philanthropy through United Way of Jamaica’s (UWJ) Major Gift Initiative and mobilize Jamaicans of high net worth to utilize their personal wealth and influence in the positive social transformation of Jamaica. The funds raised will be used for early childhood education initiatives.


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