The Jamaica Ex-soldiers Association UK (JESA UK) was established in 2009 and achieved registered charitable status Charity in 2013. The main goals of the organisation are “To prevent or relieve poverty or financial hardship… by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training and healthcare projects. We also exist for the benefit of individuals in the UK and elsewhere in the world…who are disadvantaged due to poor health, financial circumstances, social exclusion, and any other adverse conditions.
JESAUK is a member based organisation with over 40 men and women and we are still growing. Our members fall within the following categories:
· Full Membership - which consists of veterans of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and is inclusive of JDF veterans who are serving or have retired from the British Armed Forces.
· Associate Membership - which consists of Jamaicans who are currently serving in the British Armed Forces or have retired and also a number of civilians who support our Mission and Objects.
Over the years we have raised funds mainly through the proceeds of our flagship Banquet in October. In the past we have made donations to individual soldiers in need, contributed to the funding of a dialysis machine to Jamaica, Macmillan Cancer Support, Sickle Cell Care and the Evelina London Children Hospital. Our participation and sponsorship has both raised awareness and assisted in the funding of vital research.
However, our main charity interest over the years, has been the Curphey Home project in Newport in the parish of Manchester in Jamaica. This is a residential home that has served as a haven providing care and protection for veterans. Among the residents are persons who have served in World War 2, as well as former members of the JDF including .
We have also taken part in Remembrance day ceremonies at the Streatham, Stockwell and Whitehall cenotaphs and we give continuous support to the London based surviving Jamaican World War2 Jamaican veterans whenever they attend public engagements.