2020 Summer Newsletter

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US$1 Million for Chapelton Hospital Renovation

"I would challenge other people in the diaspora to ...do something in their community." Beverly Nichols

Jamaica Gleaner, April 22, 2019

American Friends of Jamaica awards US$600,000 in grants.

Our final decisions reflect programmes with the track record of impact, the ability to execute and an alignment with our mission.

Jamaica Observer April 20, 2018

41 Charities receive US$600,000 Grant Funding from AFJ

Wendy Hart, president of AFJ, reassured the audience that the organisation would continue to do its part to uplift Jamaicans.

Jamaica Gleaner April 20, 2018

Through charity work, U.S. ambassadors stick with Jamaica — even after they leave.

It’s a unique group composed of every single living ambassador that served in that position, and all work very hard to give back to a country they served.”

Miami Herald April 10,2018

The American Friends of Jamaica Inc Fundraiser

The energy was electric on Monday night (October 23rd) in New York City as the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) honored Joseph M. Matalon, Vincent HoSang and Cecil Sam Wright.

Resident Magazine October 2017

Creative, Dynamic Entrepreneurs Hailed by American Friends

It was a full house at the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) annual Hummingbird Gala last Monday at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City.

Kingston, Jamaica (October 26,2017)

J$60 Million in Grants from AFJ benefit 27 local entities

Grants this year “will invest in literacy programmes, medical and dental equipment (and) training programmes – to invest in communities, to invest in change”.

Jamaica Observer, April 5, 2017

AFJ Working to Reduce Violence in the West

"This year, we tried to look for somebody who could work in violence prevention with us in Montego Bay because of all of the issues that are happening,"

Jamaica Gleaner, April 5, 2017

American Friends of Jamaica party with a purpose, raise thousands for charity

“We got an amazing turnout,” said Barron Channer, the organization’s treasurer. “Jamaican people are truly philanthropic people. When you create a good party, which we love, a good occasion to give, it’s easy to have people turn out.”

Miami Herald, April 4, 2017

My Destination Experience Jamaica: Networking With $100B In Investment Capital

DE attendees gathered for a dinner at the private residence of hotelier Chris Issa.. which rivaled an awards reception in Beverly Hills. The Affinity dinner benefited non-profit partner the AFJ.

Forbes February 18, 2017

Overstock.com CEO, Dr. Patrick Byrne, Dr. Sabrina Kaye and renowned Reggae Artist, Busy Signal speak at Affinity Charity Dinner to benefit AFJ

The 2017 Destination Experience “Visionaries Summit” was recently held in Kingston, Jamaica for three days of events.

Kingston, Jamaica

2017 Cobb Lecture at UWI to highlight Education & Healthcare

Ambassador Aloun Ndombet-Assamba will be speaking on Education & Healthcare: The Equitable Imperative for Jamaica, examining policies and actions that impact hidden biases and disparities in these fields.

Kingston, Jamaica. January 18, 2017

LASCO Hosts American Friends of Jamaica

The AFJ recently toured the manufacturing operations of LASCO Manufacturing Ltd. in White Marl, St. Catherine. The Executive Chairman of LASCO received the AFJ's 2016 Peacock Award for International Achievement for his pioneering work and philanthropy.

The Gleaner, Jamaica, April 29, 2016

AFJ Demonstrates Commitment to Jamaica with over JA$30.7 Million in Grants

The Board of Directors of the AFJ will travel to Jamaica for the annual official grant ceremony and a series of outreach work in Kingston from April 24 to April 26, 2016.

South Florida Caribbean News, April 13, 2016

Making Math Fun. AFJ partners with Do Good Jamaica on new math workbook for basic schools.

For the 2015/16 academic year, Do Good Jamaica included a Crayons Count Math Workbook in the Crayons Count Learning Kits which were distributed to basic schools nationwide. This math workbook was made possible by a grant from the American Friends of Jamaica to develop and print the materials, with content specially created and made available by Jackmandora/Kellie Magnus and printed at concessionary rates by The Gleaner.

Kingston, Jamaica (27 January, 2016)

2015 Hummingbird Gala - New York

This year’s fundraising event pays tribute to the Honorable Dennis Lalor, Founder and CEO of ICWI Group Limited and Mr. Lowell Hawthorne, President and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill.

New York, NY (June 1, 2015)

The AFJ Inc. Announced new US$500K Endowment Fund

AFJ President , Wendy Hart announced the new endowment fund with a total commitment of US$500,000 from five Trustees of the organization.

New York, NY (May 4, 2015)

American Friends Of Jamaica Donates $26 Million In Grants

Philanthropy was the order of the day at the United States (US) embassy in Liguanea, St Andrew, as the American Friends of Jamaica, Inc (AFJ) presented J$26 million in grant awards to local programmes last Monday.

The Gleaner - Jamaica, April 27, 2015

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 Gleaner - Jamaica - April 21, 2015


The Board of Directors of the AFJ will travel to Jamaica to preside over the annual official Grant Ceremony.

New York, NY March 30, 2015

University Lecture to explore the Preservation of Biodiversity

The American Friends of Jamaica, Inc. (AFJ)/Cobb Family Foundation (CFF) Lecture Series will examine steps to prevent the extinction of unique (endemic) Jamaican species.

Kingston, Jamaica (January 15, 2015)

2015 Jamaica Charity Gala - Miami

Mr. Richard Owen Byles, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited and Monsignor Gregory Ramkissoon of Mustard Seed Communities will be presented with the 2015 AFJ International Humanitarian Award.

New York, NY (January 12, 2015)