HELP’s Founder, Jillian Wolstein, undertook a life-altering excursion to Africa in 2006…
After witnessing the adversities that children in the villages encountered, Jillian was moved. Inspiration struck through the startup of a small project in rural Malawi.
Three Wilderness Safaris’ employees, Dinara Kankhuni, Matthews Matewere and Mike Mtwea, had originated a program aimed to build the self-esteem and environmental awareness of the village’s orphans called ‘Children in the Wilderness. The program consisted of a judiciously designed weekly series hosted by volunteers at the Wilderness Safaris’ Myuu Camp, and were originally held under a thatched roof.
The three mentors presented its platform to Wilderness Safaris’ for a small loan of sand and bricks to construct a hosting structure on school grounds. The school then qualified for funds from a European Union Micro Project, in which the community came together to build a classroom block and a teacher’s house.
Our Founder recognized an opportunity and immediately began collaborating with Dinara, Matthews, and Mike. Through involvement, Jillian’s dedication grew, and manifed itself into the foundation of HELP, Nearly ten years later, our building efforts have brought: a full primary school (complete with teachers housing), a Health Center and accompanying maternity wing, a community library and a volunteer house all to stand strong in Malawi.
The philosophy, ‘Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day; teach him how to fish, and he’ll eat for lifetime’ fueled Jillian to found HELP. That philosophy still drives our mission to empower the rural communities of Africa by developing quality education to help build the pathway for children in rural regions of Africa.