Meet Jatu Boikai, the daughter of Dr. LeRoy and Mrs. Musu Boikai. The Boikais emigrated to the U.S. from Liberia in the mid-1980s. Jatu and her two siblings, Jedediah and Vanjah, were born in New York City.
Jatu is a millennial who is passionate about volunteering and donating to worthy causes. While a sophomore nursing major in college, Jatu created a volunteer project to recruit fellow nursing students with roots in Liberia to visit in the summer of 2009 and volunteer at a Liberian hospital. The project was called Students Trying to Embrace and Empower Liberia (STEEL). She and another nursing student spent two weeks working at Liberia’s John F. Kennedy Hospital as delivery nurse assistants.
In December 2015, Jatu became the second recurring and sustaining donor to Village Improvement Project’s solar lantern program on GlobalGiving.com. Since then, Jatu has become the longest serving recurring donor to VIP. For her contributions in helping to improve the quality of life for village residents in rural Liberia, Jatu is a VIP Champion.
Jatu is currently an Assistant Nurse Manager at Northwell Health Hospital in New Hyde Park, NY and pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Healthcare Systems Leadership.