Despite the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), a little-known Jamaican diaspora charitable organisation, Partners of Good Shepherd Jamaica (POGS), continued to raise funds under extremely difficult circumstances to support three charities in Jamaica. With a three-member board and a core group of dedicated committee members, though having to cancel its annual signature fundraising events in 2020 and 2021, POGS kept true to its mission.
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In this episode of CaribNation, Ambassador Curtis Ward speaks with the leadership of two of Jamaica's most recognized organization in the DC area: The Jamaica Nationals Association and Partners of Good Shepherd Jamaica. Purchase tickets to this year's dinner on May 4, 2019 via Eventbrite or by calling (301) 412-3914. You may also purchase tickets from a committee member or outreach ambassador.
Written by Anthony Lewis, Jamaica Observer
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Hundreds of residents from across western Jamaica are now benefiting from improved medical care following the recent opening of a new two-storey building which houses the Hope Health Centre, which was constructed at a cost of $200 million by the Good Shepherd Foundation.
Ground was broken for the multimillion-dollar facility — built on the grounds of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Catholic Church in Montego Bay — in January of 2011. Construction was completed last December.
Pictured: Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Pernel Charles Jr. (center), along with Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks are flanked by heads of various Diaspora organizations. Left to right is Lorraine Bradley representing the Jamaican community in Delaware, Dr Richard Constable, Chairman of the National Association of Jamaica and Supportive Organizations (NAJASO), Rick Nugent, President of the Jamaica Association of Maryland (JAM), Louis Hemans, VP of Jamaica Nationals Association (JNA), Dr Robert Clark President of the National Association of Jamaica and Supportive Organizations (NAJASO), Noel Godfrey, immediate past president of JAM, Joy DuFour, President of Partners of Good Shepherd and Totlyn Taylor-Newby Executive Director for Women at Real Risk (WARR) at a reception at the Embassy of Jamaica on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Photo: Derrick Scott
WASHINGTON, USA — Minister of state in the ministry of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator Pearnel Charles Jr., says the government of Jamaica is planning to harness more strategically the vast amount of resources available within the Jamaican Diaspora.
Pictured: (From left) Rev Dan Leary, Joy Dufour, Canon Dr. Kortright Davis, Audrey Marks, Archbishop Emiritus Charles Dufour, Sonia Ward, and Ambassador Curtis Ward at Partners of Good Shepherd Jamaica (POGS) Sixth Annual Fundraising on Saturday, May 5 in Silver Spring
Over 300 Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica came out to support Partners of Good Shepherd Jamaica (POGS) Sixth Annual Fundraising on Saturday, May 5 in Silver Spring, Maryland.
In its first five years of existence, POGS has become one the Jamaican Diaspora's leading charitable organisations. During its short period of existence, POGS has contributed over US$55,000.00 (approx. J$7 million) in cash to charitable organisations serving the marginalized and undeserved in Jamaica.
In thanking the patrons at the annual fundraiser, Joy Dufour, POGS founder and president, informed them that their support has made it possible for the organisation to provide financial assistance to "Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) in serving the most vulnerable groups in Jamaican society."
Keynote speaker Ambassador Audrey Marks remarked, “Thanks for coming to support the programs of Partners of Good Shepherd Jamaica, your support is making a huge difference to helping the poor and needy in Jamaica.”
Pictured: L-R Fr. Dan Leary, Joy Dufour, Cannon D.H. Kortright Davis, Ph.D., Ambassador Audry Marks, Archbishop Charles Dufour, Mrs. Sonia Ward, and Ambassador Curtis Ward. – Photo by Paul Earle
Partners of Good Shepherd Jamaica held its 6th annual Fundraiser–Dinner & Dance—in Silver Spring, Maryland on May 5, 2018, to the joy of over 300 guests. The event was perfectly delivered to entertain the attendees and to highlight the acts of charitable work in the cause of helping those in need.
Jamaica’s Ambassador to the USA, Audrey Marks, was the keynote speaker. She expressed, “Thanks for coming to support the programs of Partners of Good Shepherd Jamaica; your support is making a huge difference to helping the poor and needy in Jamaica.”
Written By Derrick Scott, South Florida Caribbean News
Jamaica’s Ambassador to United States Her Excellency Audrey Marks (center) shares a light moment with (left to right) Rev. Father Don Leary, Pastor of St. Andrew Apostolic Catholic Church; Ms. Joy Dufour, President and founder of Partners for Good Shepherd Jamaica; and Founder of Montego Bay-based Good Shepherd Foundation, Roman Catholic archbishop emeritus Rev. Charles Dufour. - Photo Derrick Scott
WASHINGTON, DC – Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks has hailed the commitment demonstrated by the Maryland based Partners of Good Shepherd Jamaica for supporting the most vulnerable in the Jamaican society.
“On behalf of the people and Government of Jamaica, I want to commend Partners for Good Shepherd for its continued commitment, partnership and sustained contribution in valuable support to the poor, the infirmed, and children with disabilities”, said Marks.
Delivering the keynote address at the Partners for Good Shepherds Jamaica sixth annual fundraising dinner, at the Hollywood Ballroom in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Saturday May 6, 2018, Ambassador Marks said it was particularly noteworthy that this young organization has been able to make such a profound, lasting impact on the lives of the poor and needy in various communities across Jamaica.
Written By Derrick Scott, South Florida Caribbean News.com
Pictured: Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy, Mrs. Marsha Coore-Lobban; lawyer and former Ambassador to the UN, Curtis Ward; and Ms. Joy Dufour, sister of former Roman Catholic Bishop of Jamaica, the Most Reverend Charles Dufour; as well as members of the St. Andrew Mission team and Partners of Good Shepherd committee members.
Washington, DC – Father Dan Leary, of St. Andrew Apostle Catholic Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, is the latest recipient of a citation from Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who has hailed the priest’s contribution to the building of Jamaica.
Written By Karl A. Haughton, The Caribbean Current on May 7, 2017
On Saturday, May 6, 2017 Partners of Good Shepherd Jamaica presented another event where people listened, dined, and enjoyed themselves all for the cause of continuing the work of helping some of the less fortunate citizens of Jamaica.