We had the good fortune of connecting with Jethro Decimus and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jethro, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Having traveled and served different nations – my heart and passion has always been to serve. I have come to realize that the least, the less fortunate, the orphans and children living in difficult areas are really close to my heart. Over the years I have observed parents not having the means to send their kids to school, as a result the children, especially in the slums, are prone to join gangs and other unhealthy environment. Last year 2020, I founded La Famille Foundation, which is non-profit organization with a 501 (c)(3) status and the vision of the foundation is to empower and resource children and families in underdeveloped nations so that they may experience a life of abundance. Our vision is to see schools in rough area sustainable.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart as a recording artist is my presence serving in the community. I see my life as the bicycle pedals: music as a pedal and serving the community as the other pedal. It keeps the balance for me. What I would say I am most proud of is last year I shot a music video in Cité Soleil, Haiti partnering with Saint Fort brand. The music video turned into an outreach. Later that year, we returned to the community during Christmas and lighten the spirit of the children and community members. Covid hit us all hard, but the least, and the poor are often time neglected in times of crisis. Over the years I have learned many lessons but one that sticks out to me is that success means different things to different people. What I want the world to know about my story is that I came to the USA as an immigrant and I am grateful for the opportunity I received here. I take trips to Haiti, which is where my parents are from, as often as I can to encourage and inspire the children. I understand it is important to go back and give back. La Famille Foundation, we are open to having the diaspora and everyone wanting to serve and experience a different culture on our service and culture exchange trip.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would definitely take my friend to see some arts at Wynwood. Visit the Bayside Marketplace and enjoy the bay. South Florida is a melting pot I would expose my friends to the different cultures in the area. There is so much exciting things to do I would let my friend choose.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are a lot of individuals who have contributed to my success without them I don’t believe I could have made it this far. In my music career, my little brother, Paul Decimus, contributed a lot to my career. I am grateful for the work he has done. I have been under many mentors over the years who helped shape my character. I have learned over the years “character is as important as water is to a plant.” I want to give a shoutout to Tim Schmelzer, James Sheppard, Mike Patz, Emmanuel ,and Nerstha Damier, and of course my parents Jean Decimus and Marie-Violette Edouard. But honestly, the list goes on. So many friends and family have contributed to my success. I think of Joel Romelus, Allan Estime, Saphyra St-Fort, just to name a few – those friends have watched me grown over the years. I am grateful!

Website: www.lafamillefoundation.org

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