THE RIVER FUND FOUNDER
"Every human being deserves a chance to be heard, to be loved, to
Ma Jaya is a Spiritual Leader and Activist who is at the forefront of the global struggle for human rights and religious freedom. An internationally recognized advocate for the homeless and the poor, she is also upheld as one of the early pioneers in the fight against AIDS and is renowned for her work with death and dying. She is widely known for her compassionate work, serving those who are suffering, people with AIDS, the homeless, the poor, and anyone in need.
Ma has dedicated her life to alleviating humanity's suffering. Her life and teachings have become an exemplary model of service and enlightenment for thousands of people. Ma is the inspiration behind and founder of the Kashi Foundation - an interfaith organization based upon a commitment to humanity through service, spirituality and education. Ma created the River Fund New York in 1991 as the service arm of Kashi to serve the hungry, the homeless, people living with HIV/AIDS and other life challenging illnesses.
Ma grew up in poverty in a Jewish family in Brooklyn, NY. Her first teachers were the homeless people in her community of Coney Island. It was there that Ma was taught "There are no throw away people." She learned to live life fully and gained respect for all humanity.