The Issa Trust Foundation’s 2022 “For the Children” Charity Gala in New York City

Dear Friends,

As part of our ongoing fundraising efforts to provide life-saving resources to the children of Jamaica, we are hosting our first event outside of Jamaica: Dinner, Dancing and a Show, featuring our goodwill reggae ambassadors, the legendary Third World, at New York’s fabulous Sony Hall in Manhattan’s theatre district, on November 12, 2022.

Third World is maybe the most enduring reggae band of all time (and one of Jamaica’s most consistently popular crossover acts internationally). There will also be a special surprise guest performer. Tickets are US$350 per person, inclusive of drinks, dinner, dancing, entertainment and more. The event will begin at 6:30pm, with cocktails, followed by dinner at 7:30pm. We expect to host 400 guests, seated at tables. Third World will perform from 9:30, and the evening will end by 11:30pm.

The funds raised from this event will enable the Issa Trust Foundation to start construction of its own children’s health centre in the Ocho Rios area, to provide top notch pediatric healthcare to Jamaica’s children on an ongoing basis.

We hope to attract many of Couples Resorts’ repeat guests from the Eastern states, and we will provide reduced rates for the night or the weekend at a choice of midtown hotels. We also expect good attendance from members of the Jamaican diaspora in the New York area, as well as Jamaicans who will come up for the event.

We have designed several sponsorship packages for your consideration and invite you to review the attached deck to learn more about this opportunity. Your sponsorship will help us in our ongoing mission to better the lives of the most vulnerable among us, particularly Jamaica’s children.

Please contact Diane at Pollard at 1-515-480-1683 or Paul Issa at 1-876-361-0707 for more information.

We look forward to hearing from you.
Best regards,
Paul Issa

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Kingston, Jamaica, September 24, 2021 – Having started its rollout in a few select schools in August of this year, other schools within Jamaica’s wider early childhood education system will soon have access to the Graphogame literacy app. Developed by linguists, neuropsychologists, and speech pathologists, Graphogame is the most-researched educational game, with proven efficacy in achieving basic literacy, equal to 1-to-1 teacher support, among children in the 4-9 age groups.

The app is a generous gift to Jamaican school children from Winsome Wishes for KIDS (WWKIDS) in NY, with the assistance of the United States-based Windward Institute. In Jamaica, the Issa Trust Foundation has generously partnered with WWKIDS for the app rollout and the attendant nationwide awareness campaign.
“The pilot rollout in Jamaica has demonstrated that this app can play a very important role in bridging gaps in our early childhood education system, which are now widening as a result of COVID-19,” said Simone Sobers, Founder of WWKIDS. “It is interactive, intuitive, and user friendly, and best of all, it is free. Once downloaded, it can be played without connectivity and data, which is significant at a time when children may have increased access to devices through several governmental and private sector initiatives, but still lack connectivity and have no access to data,” she continued.
The Issa Trust Foundation has expressed excitement at the rollout of the Graphogame in Jamaica. “This initiative is in clear alignment with our mission of community-building, providing resources for children to have access to education and promoting and improving health care and other services that increase the well-being and development of Jamaica. We are eager to get it in the hands of all children because we know that education is the foundation on which they will build the rest of their lives. We are happy to play a part in ensuring that this foundation is secure,” said Diane Pollard, President, and CEO of the Issa Trust Foundation.

The Graphogame app will be available as a free-to-download application in Jamaica, on iOS, Microsoft, and Android App Stores, starting in October. The donation of the app is a continuation of the work that WWKIDS has been doing in Jamaica over the last eighteen (18) months, which includes virtual workshops for teachers in Jamaica, and the donation of devices to schools and children in need.
We need your help! Currently, we are collecting tablets and donations to use towards purchasing new tablets. Any contribution is welcomed, and on behalf of the children who will be benefitting, we thank you for your generosity!
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As schools in Jamaica closed due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, forcing education to go online, many students found themselves in the unfortunate position of not being able to continue their studies due to the unavailability of the necessary devices. One such child was 8-year-old Trey, whose mother, Jovasha Hall, is a Bartender at Couples Negril. Trey could only share his father’s phone when he was not at work, causing him to have to almost completely abandon his schoolwork. Thanks to the “Couples Cares” tablet drive, supported by so many of our generous guests, the Issa Trust Foundation was able to donate a Samsung Tablet to Trey to assist him with the continuation of his online classes. His devoted mother, who is also an exemplary team member, expressed her gratitude for the donation and for the role of teachers, who she feels deserve a lot more credit. “The teachers deserve a gold medal. In pre-Pandemic times, kids were off to school and we as parents had no full understanding of the work entailed in their education.” Jovasha even finds herself monitoring his schoolwork during her lunch breaks at work from her phone. Thanks to all those who donated and a special thank you to all the hands-on parents like Jovasha who are ensuring that our children are able to continue their education during these difficult times.
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