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| THURSDAY, JUN 22 – JUN 28, 2017 | VOL. 14 NO. 25

LOCAL

Jeff Lozama

Haiti's hero in Miami by Chely Paul

“I simply responded to my call from God to serve,” said Jeff Lozama, Haitian entrepreneur, philanthropist and acting President for the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (HACCOF). He was asked what motivates him to stay involved in the Haitian community, here and abroad. Having a passion to give back and assist is part of Lozama’s genetic make-up. He is the child of Evanne “Man Dodo” Lozama, a hardworking mother known in southern Haiti as a shepherd who assisted the less fortunate. Lozamo works hand-in-hand with his wife Marjorie, sister Precile and brother Ed to keep their mother's work alive at their non-profit organization, Mandodo Humanitarian Foundation, which is also named after her. For over a decade, it has provided food, aid, clothing and partnered with other organizations such as the Hurricane Matthew Relief Effort and Haitian- American Nurses Association to have multiple medical missions as well as backto-school and holiday drives. Recently, they gathered relief supplies for victims of 2016’s Hurricane Matthew that devastated southern Haiti, taking over 300 lives and leaving thousands homeless and without food or water. Lozamo, along with his volunteers, provided food and medical care to over 2000

victims. Offering hope to the many that thought there was none. “Everybody loves Jeff,” says his smiling brother, as he watched his younger sibling lead members of HACCOF in the successful HaitianAmerican Business Summit, held last week at Florida International University Kovens Center. Haitian President Jovenel Moise, corporate representatives from Haiti Central Bank, commercial banks and financial institutions in Haiti including Digicel, Haynes and Marriot, discussed potential investment opportunities in the country. As a businessman, Lozamo understands need for dialogue and a more accurate depiction of Haiti through stories of success as well as concerns that must be addressed to diminish risk in investing in his country. “I believe in Haiti and I believe in our youth and with God's guidance and grace success will be ours," he said. For more information visit mandodo.org.

For over a decade, the Mandodo Humanitarian Foundation has provided food, aid, clothing and partnered with other organizations such as the Hurricane Matthew Relief Effort and Haitian- American Nurses Association to have multiple medical missions as well as back-to-school and holiday drives.

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