The Jermain Defoe Foundation was founded in 2013 by Sunderland AFC striker Jermain Defoe to support homeless, vulnerable and abused young people in his family’s home country of St Lucia.
The foundation works closely with the St Lucia government and existing organisations on the island that support and care for young people. This includes the Holy Family Children’s Home in Ciceron which caters for around a dozen children from toddlers to teenagers. This is the only dedicated children’s home on the island.
The foundation hopes to raise funds to build a second children’s home in the south of St Lucia so that more young people can receive the care and help they need. Jermain, who transferred to Major League Soccer side Toronto FC in March 2014, also plans to establish a football academy in St Lucia to develop young talent and help players reach their full potential. Despite living in Toronto, he continues to be closely involved with the charity and hopes to expand his fundraising efforts into Canada in the future.