A Letter From The Founder of H.E.L.P.

I have always been pulled towards life in Africa.

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It was almost twenty years ago when I first ventured to Africa. It left such an impression on me and I wanted to do something impactful. At the time my children were young and I was dedicated to them. I wasn’t able to travel for any extended period of time.  But when I returned to Africa 10 years ago, I could feel the pull on me even stronger. I knew it was time for me to get immersed on a deeper level.

I sought out opportunities for my involvement with two prerequisites: that there be a human connection with those we were helping and that my children were engaged to hopefully share my passion. My children have traveled the world but always in very protected, luxurious style. It didn’t matter where in the world we were, my children were found looking at reflections of themselves. Besides difference in skin color and eye shape, they were exposed to only a small percentage of the world that was as affluent as our family. Raised in Western culture, we learn to judge someone by their financial worth. We idolize the rich no matter their character. We are conditioned to think that if you are poor you must not be intelligent. I wanted my children to see things through a different lens and for what they really are. For the vast majority of the world, financial worth and character have absolutely no correlation to one another. You could be the most brilliant writer, the most gifted artist, but without the necessary tools to develop (no parents, government funding, education) no one would ever know.  This was my motivation behind bettering the children in Africa. With these thoughts driving me, it was serendipitous that shortly after I returned home, I was introduced to a small project starting in Malawi. I had visited the project site only once and was overwhelmed the Malawians’ hunger to learn, their warmth and their welcome, thus HELP Malawi was born.

When you love what you do, why you are doing it and with whom you are doing it…it’s incredible what can be accomplished. I can’t believe how far we have come in such a short amount of time. It’s been a remarkable journey. Working with such a committed community not only fuels my passion but also brings ‘fun’ to working on our mission.

I look forward to changing lives in Malawi with excitement, but it cannot be done without your help.  Throughout this website you will see what we have accomplished, what we are doing now and what we hope to do in the future. With each bit of help, we give hope for a better future for the children.

On behalf of the thousands of children from across the globe that you may never have the pleasure of meeting, THANK YOU! Thank you for supporting our mission and believing in us. Together we continue to make a difference.

 

With gratitude,

Jillian Wolstein

 

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  • Great news for Nanthomba School children.  We were selected as recipients of the World Food Program emergency aid, and 261 bags of fortified soya/corn flour was delivered on Friday, which means that our students will not go hungry this lean season. We are very grateful. #HELPChangeALife
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  • An amazing performance from the beautiful women in Malawi during our 10th Anniversary Celebration at our Nanthomba School! #10yearsStrong #HELPChangeALife
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