Friends of Jamaica, USA
Friends of Jamaica USA was founded in late 2000.
We are a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing
grant funding to support schools, scholarships, medical and social
services and environmental preservation in Jamaica. We are an
incorporated entity with Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws
by which we do "business" and we are recognized by the
US Internal Revenue Service as a Non-Profit Charitable Organization
under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We are also
a volunteer organization with no salaries or personal expenses
paid out. Therefore, over 90% of donations made to FOJ/USA are
converted to grants in Jamaica. Since making our first grants
in June 2001, we have given about $30,000 US to projects including
the following examples:
- Grants to Montego Bay Marine Park and Negril
Coral Reef Preservation Society for coral reef preservation.
- Two grants to the University of the West
Indies - Mona for three scholarships in 2001-2002 and four scholarships
- A grant to rebuild a "squatter"
community Basic School in St. James.
- A grant for installation of sanitary latrines
in a rural community without sanitary facilities.
- A grant to a rural farming cooperative for
crop conversion, training and support of a school.
- A grant to Jamaica Environmental Trust (JET)
for a new computer system and digital camera so they can support
a joint Adopt-A-School program with FOJ/USA.
- A grant (pending) to the Negril Chamber of
Commerce for waste receptacles and a litter control project
for Negril beach
- A grant (pending) for Sheffield All Age
School to help build a computer learning room.
If you would like more information about Friends
of Jamaica USA, please see our website at www.friendsofjamaicausa.org
or send them email
with any questions you may have.