The Story behind Our Existence:
The Founder, Chief Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor; many years ago was drawn to the lessons of the story by Loren Eisley called “THE STARFISH”, following her return home to her native land Liberia after the war. As she traveled across the Nation and saw the devastation, hopelessness and despair of her people, she wondered whether anything could be done to bring relief and hope to inspire the citizens “that a better day would come”.
As she pondered on what to do, she was reminded about this story and its lesson that “indeed help to one person at a time could make a difference”. She then began to provide educational support through scholarships for girls and mentoring to those she was able to help. The story which serves as the inspiration for this undertaking is presented below.
Loren E. Easley, THE STARFISH THROWER
In his book, The Starfish Thrower, Loren E. Easley talks of the day when he was walking along a sandy beach where thousands of starfish had been washed up on shore. He noticed a boy picking up the starfish one by one and throwing them back in the ocean. Eisley observed the boy for a few minutes and then asked what he was doing. The boy replied that he was returning the starfish to the sea otherwise they would die.
He had been doing this for some time when the man, Eisley approached him and said, “Little boy, why are you doing this? Look at this beach you can't save all these starfish. You can't even begin to make a difference”.
The boy seemed crushed and deflated. But after a few moments, he bent down again, picked up another star fish, and hurled it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he looked at the man and replied - “well I made a difference to that one “. And he continued throwing star fish back into the sea, one at a time.
The old man looked at the boy inquisitively and thought about what he was doing, then being inspired, he joined the little boy and began throwing star fish back into the sea. Soon many others joined and many starfish were saved.
Being inspired by the little boy's immeasurable kindness to starfish, believing that any iota of help to a needed person indeed “makes a difference” remains the propelling force which led to the establishment of the “Jewel Mayo Star?sh Foundation”; providing opportunities to females, one at a time.
The Founder is aware that there are indeed many problems in our one World, but that however the problems may present themselves, although it may seem easier to just look the other way; that we must definitely not, because like the little starfish throwing boy, each of us has the responsibility to help another.
Under implementation for nearly twenty (20) years now, the Founder has sought support and provided assistance for thousands of females, through the provision of scholarships, economic empowerment and mentoring.
The dream remains ever alive now more than ever before, as the Foundation continues to provide these opportunities to females in order to help them live and become true foundation builders and role models to the next generation.