JAYJ Foundation’s Board of Directors and the 2019 Valentine’s Soirée Committee Members would like to express our sincere gratitude and thanks to all who attended and supported the inaugural JAYJ Foundation “An Intimate Valentine’s Soirée” fundraising event on February 16th, 2019. We are grateful for the generosity of our guests, volunteers and local businesses for making this event a success.
This evening of fun, food and inspiration was created by many individuals who planned, decorated, prepared food, and joined to perform to entertain us. While the night was full of highlights, Kimberly's performance of her powerful and poignant Sickle Cell poem was unforgettable and mesmerizing. Kimberly detailed her ordeals as a Sickle Cell patient dealing with frequent Sickle Cell crisis episodes and hospitalizations. There was not a dry-eye in the room after this amazing performance.
Kimberly's poem was also featured in the February 2019 Issue of CREATIV Magazine. Check it Out at online at www.creativmag.com.
December 1, 2019 – West Palm Beach, Florida - After careful deliberations and assessments, it is with deep sadness and much regret we announce that due to the continuous political unrest and insecurity in Haiti, JAYJ Foundation’s Medical Mission to St. Louis du Sud, Haiti in early December 2019 is postponed.
JAYJ Foundation for Women and Children was founded in 2014 by Valentine Joseph in memory of her three brothers, Jean, Anderson and Yoldy Joseph, who all died from Sickle Cell Anemia Disease and her maternal grandmother, Francilia Esperance, who died from cancer.
JAYJ Foundation's mission is to promote, aid, and advocate for better and greater access to health care and healthy living services, education, and the overall well-being of women and children in the United States and in Haiti.
For the past three years, our dedicated staff and volunteers have traveled to St. Louis du Sud, Haiti for the Annual JAYJ Foundation’s Back to School/Holiday Mission trips, which were a huge success. We have provided over 600+ meals to schoolchildren, as well as school bags/backpacks and supplies. We also distributed more than 600+ full kits (food, clothes and toiletries) to area residents and toys to toddlers. In 2016, we also organized a mobile clinic where we provided medical services to over 225 plus people including pregnant women, children and the elderly.
While we intend to continue these efforts, the Foundation’s primary focus in the coming years, however, will be on two major priorities: HEALTH ND EDUCATION Issues. As such, the Foundation will launch two initiatives: The Haiti Sickle Cell Disease and Education Initiatives.
Sickle Cell Disease is a genetic blood disorder that causes red blood cells to change shape and can lead to tissue damage and pain, as well as enlarged spleen, anemia, and other symptoms.
With the majority of Haiti's population living on less than $3 a day, it is not surprising that 25%-40% of Haiti’s children under five suffer chronic malnutrition and 59% of them are anemic.
On December 29, 2018, JAYJ Foundation provided over 400+ meals, and school supplies as well as toys to school children. We also distributed over 250 care kits to women and served an additional 200 residents in St. Louis du Sud, Haiti.
We are already planning for our next Mission Trip this coming December which will be the biggest ever. STAY TUNED.
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