About The Jahmeyka Project


About Us

The Jahmeyka Project is a non-profit organization run by licensed social workers and funded solely by donations, seeking to directly benefit social services and communities in Jamaica.

The Jahmeyka Project origins began twenty years ago when Dr. Leslie Yaffa went to Jamaica as a Master’s of Social Work student.  She became a college professor and created a graduate-level course that offered students an international social work experience focused on community engagement in Jamaica.  After 5 years of visiting multiple agencies, providing community service to selected agencies, and experiencing the Jamaican social service culture, it was clear to Dr. Yaffa that the work, partnerships and connections to the communities had to go beyond the classroom.

Today, the Jahmeyka Project utilizes a service-learning and educational approach to integrate with our partnerships in Jamaica. We build on critical and reflective thinking,  community service, partnership responsibility and inclusion. Through knowledge mobilization and partnerships, we are continuing to build a non-profit that will be open to all helping professions in future years who want to engage in professional trainings, workshops, field placements (into Jamaican organizations), outreach and research in Jamaica.

Beyond our work on the ground, The Jahmeyka Project supports organizations in the Kingston, Jamaica area who have identified needs in their communities for goods such as school supplies and hygiene products.. We also donate funds to agencies for their operating costs that are deemed to be most in need based upon our application process.



To enhance community partnerships through a collaborative knowledge exchange as an ally with social services in Jamaica.


To foster inclusion of social services through education alongside helping professionals by engaging in mutual partnerships and communities in the Caribbean.


Not only can I clearly see the impact we are making on these communities, I can't describe how deeply working with our partners has impacted me both personally and professionally.

- Judith Barrett

Meet the

Jahmeyka Project board

Dr. Leslie Yaffa


Dr. Yaffa is  a founder of the Jahmeyka Project. She is an educator in the field of social work, and has developed clinical counselling programs.  Her work includes initiation of innovative and strategic responses to social programs, preparation of needs assessments, community engagement, mentoring, clinical supervision, crisis intervention, and teaching in social services.



Amy earned her MSW from the University of New England school of social work in 2017. She currently works in Maine specializing in children and families.

Lisa Boris


Lisa earned her MSW from the University of New England in 2015.  She works for the VA and as an adjunct professor at the University of Akron in the United States.  She first went to Jamaica in 2014 and has returned several times with the Jahmeyka Project.

Stacy Smith

Stacy Smith earned her Master’s in social work in 2016.  She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with the State of Ohio and is trained in EMDR, a psychotherapy treatment approach.

JP Moatti


Judith Smith

Judy received her Bachelor's in social work from Eastern University in 2012 and Master's in social work in 2017.  She currently works in southern New Jersey as an in home child and adolescent therapist. 

+1 440 644 0315

PO Box 845

Andover, OH 44003

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