About us

Our Mission:

Courage, strength, compassion, and service guide our vision to positively connect our youth to their communities, to encourage, empower and equip them to become useful citizens of the future.

Our Vision:

To forge social and economic partnerships between our children and various private and public-sector corporations resulting in:

  • Improved access to affordable healthcare
  • Increased tuition aid
  • Improved ties with local and international community-based organizations and elected officials
  • To provide leadership to promote and implement mentoring programs

Children of Jamaica Outreach (COJO) Inc. is an engine for community development and was founded in 1994 by Gary M. Williams on the principle of creating opportunities through empowerment and wide-ranging social development programs. COJO is a nonprofit organization that seeks to undertake projects of support and to give relief to disadvantaged children in Jamaica as well as the United States. COJO's values are built on the foundation that children are our greatest asset and must be provided with services that will improve their existing conditions.

COJO is an offshoot of the name, CUDJOE, leader of a band of Maroons, who rebelled against British slavery in 19th Century Jamaica. Captain Cudjoe was a proud warrior who took a stand against colonial oppression and fought the British for the freedom of his people. No match for the valiant Cudjoe, the British succumbed to the daily onslaughts of the Maroons, and eventually signed a peace treaty allowing this group of Maroons to lead normal, productive lives in the hilly interiors of northwest Jamaica.

In this regard, COJO exemplifies duty, courage, strength and commitment in championing the cause of needy children in both the national and international arenas.

Spanning the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea from the cosmopolitan neighborhood of Queens, New York to the vibrant melting pot of Jamaica, a network of dedicated individuals are working to improve the lives of under-served children.

Through sheer drive and enduring persistence, COJO, a 501(c)(3) charity, has raised and donated funds to several non-government agencies.


  • US$7,200 to the Alpha Boys' Home
  • US$6,000 to City of Refuge
  • US$4,000 to Alpha Boys Home and the City of Refuge as scholarships.
  • US$7,000 to Marigold Child Care Centre.
  • US$32,000 plus Tommy Hilfiger clothing worth approximately US$5,000 as well as 15 wheelchairs to Glenhope Nursery for physically-challenged children.
  • With COJO's support, Glenhope also completed the construction of a children's library.

The United States

COJO sponsors a number of programs at the Jamaica YMCA in Queens, New York. Among them Project Helping Hands, an after-school program providing homework help and social activities to keep the youngsters occupied between 4 and 6pm.and the Strong Kids Program. COJO has also sponsored a Summer Internship Program, bring its contribution to the YMCA to over US$6,000.

COJO is actively involved with the Leaf of Life organization in New York City, which transports critically-ill children from various countries around the globe to the United States for life-saving surgery. So far they have received a donation of US$4,100.

Since its launch, COJO has successfully enlisted the support and sponsorship of several major companies - Air Jamaica, American Airlines, British Airways, Estee Lauder, the Jamaica Tourist Board, JetBlue Airways, Sandals Resorts, SuperClubs Resorts, Tommy Hilfiger, Transcontinental Express Shippers and Western Union. Many of these are sponsors of the Annual COJO Scholarship Gala, proceeds of which benefit the service organizations catering to the needs of less fortunate children.

COJO is the brainchild of Jamaican born Gary Williams who has received several awards in recognition and honor of his dedication and commitment to eradicate social deprivation among our children.

Officially recognized by the Government of Jamaica, the organization has been cited for its humanitarian work. In August 2003, Mr. Williams was honored at the Jamaican Independence Ball held in New York City and received the Consul General's Award for his charitable work to the Jamaican community both in New York and in Jamaica.

COJO continues to champion the cause of disadvantaged children and continues to reach across miles positively impacting lives.


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Upcoming Events
COJO Annual Summer Soiree, Saturday, July 22, 2017

COJO Annual Scholarship Gala Saturday, December 02, 2017 at the Hilton Hotel, JFK. For information on tickets and sponsorship call 1-888-275-0121

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