The Joan Duncan (JD) Foundation
The Joan Duncan (JD) Foundation was registered and incorporated in 2008 as a charitable non-profit organization.
To enable Jamaicans to tap into their potential for greatness and have their greatness impact their own lives and enhance the lives of their communities. This will ultimately lead to a more prosperous and abundant society.
- To support the building of our society in the areas of education for primary school children, all the way to university education
- To support the building of the disciplines that impact thinking, knowledge, behaviour and practices for success
- To support the society to take responsibility for the environment towards sustainable development
- To support people and leadership development projects including education about self and our heritage
Committee For the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI)
The JMMB team continues strong and consistent support for the Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI) to ensure real and sustained impact in our society. CUMI’s rehabilitation programmes and activities are structured to improve the lives of their clients, some of the most vulnerable in our society; the mentally ill and the homeless. CUMI seeks to help them develop coping skills in readiness for re-entering their family environments and communities. Along with other day-to-day activities, the programme employs the services of a clinical psychologist who works with mentally ill clients, helping to empower them with the knowledge and skills to understand and manage their mental wellness. We recognize that this will help them to work and function as productive individuals.
- JMMB remains the main sponsor for the CUMI programme
- JMMB’s contribution for the financial year 2008/2009 was in the form of monetary donations as well as time, with a team member being named to serve on the Board of Directors
- The CUMI Rehabilitation Day Centre services, for the period facilitated, 4, 491 client visits, averaging 17 per day
- For the same period, there were 13 new intakes (from the community and the hospital)
- 8, 086 meals were served (breakfast and lunch)
The CUMI Day Centre can facilitate a maximum of 25 clients per day. On average most clients attend 3 days per week. Over 1000 clients have completed the rehabilitation programme and of that number, more than 750 have returned to their communities and have found jobs or are otherwise productive citizens.
JMMB/CUMI Children’s Programme
The brainchild of Joan Duncan and Elizabeth Hall, the CUMI Children’s Programme is targeted at the children of the mentally ill, who also represent a highly vulnerable group with untapped potential.
In our eleventh year of operation, the CUMI Children’s Programme entered its first child into a tertiary institution last year.
Other children in the programme are showing major improvements related to behaviour modification and academic progress in schools.
JMMB Haiti Relief Fund
Following the devastation in Haiti, JMMB, through the JD Foundation, donated J$1M towards the Haiti Relief Efforts. The funds will be used to purchase much-needed relief supplies, which will be distributed by Red Cross Haiti to the victims.