Jewelers for Children
To change a child’s life today. It’s a powerful, succinct mission, and it’s the basic motive for the U.S. jewelry industry’s decision to come together and establish Jewelers for Children (JFC) in 1999.
Deeply committed to helping children in need, JFC recognized the urgent call to save children from pediatric HIV/AIDS. Children in the developing world were suffering from a disease that JFC witnessed being treated, and even prevented, in the United States. The need for a global response for this epidemic drove JFC to select the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) as one of their Legacy Charity Partners.
It was a timely and transformational selection. JFC became an EGPAF supporter as EGPAF was beginning a monumental, international expansion of our programmatic work – which today has helped EGPAF to have provided lifesaving care and treatment services to mothers, children, and families around the world.
By uniting the generous charitable efforts of the varied businesses and individuals in the jewelry industry, JFC has donated more than $9.3 million to EGPAF’s fight against pediatric HIV/AIDS. In the fifteen years of our partnership, JFC can certainly be proud of the enormous number of children’s lives they have helped change.
Jeweler for Children’s Executive Director, David Rocha, reflects on JFC’s continued partnership with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation:
Working with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation has been very rewarding for Jewelers for Children. When we see how many at risk women the Foundation is able to reach and help with our contributions, we truly feel like we are having a global impact in the fight against HIV/AIDS and doing our part to work towards a generation free of AIDS.
JFC is an organization of many who are invested in helping children affected by illness, abuse, or neglect have the opportunity to lead healthy and happy lives. Their partnership with EGPAF supremely demonstrates how the joint power of many can make such an impactful change in the lives of children in need.