Executive Director of Mustard Seed Communities, Darcy Tulloch-Williams’ face lit up with joy and appreciation as a team from the JN Foundation bearing gifts arrived at its Mahoe Drive location in Kingston last March.
The Foundation and the Curacao-based IBIS Management Associates donated close to half a million Jamaican dollars to the organisation to support its efforts with caring for the nation’s most vulnerable.
For Tulloch-Williams, occasions like these conjure up an overwhelming feeling of gratitude, as she pointed out that the needs of the organisation are great.
“This donation will be going into the coffers in terms of what we need to do. We are taking care of the most vulnerable of the society. Whatever you give will be used well and to the benefit of our residents here,” she said, according to a Jamaica Gleaner account.
As he made the presentation, Parris Lyew-Ayew Snr, Chairman of the JN Foundation, highlighted the importance of organisations such as the Mustard Seed Communities in supporting those most in need of care, a duty they carry out often without adequate resources.
Lyew-Ayew Snr said it is paramount that others, where and when they can, assist institutions such as Mustard Seed to maintain their services to those who are sometimes forgotten by society.
“We know too well the value of partnership. So, we did not hesitate to partner with IBIS Management Associates, one of our business partners at The Jamaica National Group. As part of its corporate social responsibility, IBIS gives back to the community in their country and to other children’s organisations throughout the Caribbean through the Bank4Kids Charity Fund,” he explained.
The JN Foundation, through its own initiative, during the Christmas holidays, also rallied JN Group employees to make donations. They received several items, including diapers and feeding tubes which were presented to Mustard Seed Communities. The employees also donated cash to the institution.
Established in 1978 by Trinidad-born Msgr Gregory Ramkissoon, Mustard Seed Communities is home to approximately 500 residents across 12 facilities located in Kingston, St Andrew, St Ann, Montego Bay, Manchester, and St Catherine. Several are children and adults who are physically and mentally challenged or affected by HIV.