The Jacques A. Clermont Memorial, Inc. (JACMF) is a charitable, non-profit organization established in the memory of Dr. Jacques A. Clermont, whose life ended tragically in a car accident in 1995.
Dr. Clermont immigrated to the United States in the late 1960s to pursue a medical residency at Harlem Hospital/Columbia University, but it was always his intention to return to Haiti and ultimately build a hospital there.
Due to the political instability in Haiti, Dr. Clermont and his wife eventually settled in the USA but remained active in helping their fellow Haitians by providing free education and medical care for poor Haitians in the Diaspora, sending supplies and medicine back to Haiti and launching numerous fund raising initiatives for disadvantaged Haitians.
After his sudden death, Dr. Clermont’s family founded the JACMF and opened a center for homeless children in his hometown of Jacmel in 2003.
Currently there are 22 boys at the center, as girls are quickly taken into domestic servitude. These girls are known as “restavecs” translated directly as “stay with.” In the future, the foundation hopes to provide shelter, food, clothing, and a chance at education to even more children, including girls.
Thousands of children will become orphaned as a result of the earthquake and The Clermont Center, with your help, hopes to open its doors to even more children in need.