We Rise By Lifting Others We are pained to see less fortunate people struggling to survive. With over 86% of the rural population in Sierra Leone living in extreme poverty, we knew something had to be done.
As our burning desire to help the less privileged continued to grow, we decided to establish our very own organisation: The Jamil and Nyanga Jaward Foundation (JNJF), in 2017.
Since establishing, we have grown to a team of over five people who are determined to improve the lives of underprivileged children and widows in Sierra Leone.
Our entire organisation is centred around the principle of assisting in delivering on christ’s mission by helping impoverished widows and orphans.
We work hard to help them rise above the challenges of poverty and rejection by providing them with education and economic development to not only help them today but help them create a better, more fruitful future.
By providing education and skills in economic development, we help build a more sustainable livelihood for the people we work with.
Our goal is about more than simply sending money to the areas where it is needed most; we strive to create a solution for those struggling for survival.
This is why JNJF have created a whole range of charitable projects, including Widow Business Grants, Backpack Schemes, Community Farming and much more, ultimately providing hope for the less fortunate people of Sierra Leone.
Why Sierra Leone
A country was torn by civil war throughout the 1990s, which saw many schools, hospitals, and roads demolished, ending in 2002 only to be hit with a deadly outbreak of the ebola virus in 2014-2016, killing more than 3,500 people and drastically changing the lives of countless others for the worse are a few of the factors, which led to Sierra Leone being one of the 10 poorest countries in the world.
aged 15-19 have had children or are pregnant.
are married before the age of 15.
have reached secondary or higher education.
These three statistics are just some of the reasons why we chose to dedicate the widows in Sierra Leone as our main focus.
With many women struggling ever to receive education, they rely on their husbands to survive, many of whom were forced into the marriage at a young age. Without their husbands, widows are left with very few options and end up being forced to marry their husbands’ relatives or likely face financial difficulty or, in extreme cases, death.
By providing them with the skills and ability to look after themselves and establishing community farms we bring hope to the women and children of Sierra Leone and help pave the way to a better future.