The Founder, Chief Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor, following her return home to her native land Liberia after the civil war, traveled across the Liberia and saw the devastation, hopelessness and despair of her people and 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 remembered the story called, “The Star Fish” written by Loren E. Eiseley, and its lesson that “indeed to help one person at a time could make a difference”. She then began to provide educational support through scholarships for girls and professional Mentorship. In his book, The Star Fish, L. E. Eiseley 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 little boy picking up the starfish one by one and throwing them back into the ocean.
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 starfish back into the sea and soon many others joined and many starfishes were saved. Being inspired by the little boy’s immeasurable kindness to the starfish, the Founder believed that any iota of help to a person in need does actually “make a difference”. This remains the propelling force which led to the establishment of the “Jewel Starfish Foundation”, providing opportunities to females, one at a time.