Making a Difference from Afar

Appeal for school materials, books, food, clothing and donations for children in Liberia by Wollongong local Jay Jay Ganwaye.

Former refugee Jay Jay Ganwaye is appealing to the community for much needed donations of school materials, clothing, food and other support for children in Liberia. Since making Wollongong his new home in 2009, Jay Jay has worked tirelessly to establish a charity organisation in Liberia to improve the welfare and education of disadvantaged and vulnerable children. His organisation, Future of the Children Ministry, now serves over 500 children who could benefit immensely from donations of school supplies, non-perishable food items, clothing and other essential items for their development.

Liberia is still recovering from devastating civil wars and poverty. Children are the ones who are the most vulnerable under these circumstances. Education is very expensive in Liberia, leaving many families unable to send their children to school. This is what inspired Jay Jay to establish free, high quality schools and education programs in Monrovia. Jay Jay also hopes to raise awareness in Australia about the challenges his homeland of Liberia faces.

Jay Jay established the registered charity using his own finances with the help of family and friends. They are now operating a school in Monrovia for children from Kindergarten to Year 9. They also run reading clubs, youth leadership and sport programs, Jay Jay is aspiring to open a high school for Years 10-12 and a vocational computer class program as well.

Collection of donations and media appointments can be arranged by contacting Jay Jay on 0469 271 411.

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