Promoting education in Sierra Leone as a pathway out of poverty and toward better well-being.


Momodu Jalloh

Momodu Jalloh has always believed that education is a fundamental human right and all children should have access to basic education regardless of their socio-economic background. Over the years, he has supported a number of children in his native land, Sierra Leone, by sending schools materials and supplies, used clothing and toys, and providing tuition assistance.

Phebean Williams

Phebean Williams avidly believes that education plays a pivotal role in defining one’s trajectory in life. She volunteers on weekends teaching /mentoring elementary aged children, pouring values into them that will help build a strong foundation. She has over a decade of consulting experience, managing stakeholder expectations in both private and government sectors. She is a brand ambassador for The George Washington University, where she served as the Vice President of Strategic Relations for the Project Management Association.

Jerry Sevalie

Jerry Sandamahun Savalie has always believed in the value of education and of lending a helping hand to the underprivileged, especially children. His parents instilled these values in him; they adopted children from unfortunate backgrounds and made sure they were loved, and cared for, and provided them with the needs of life to be a productive citizen.

Andrea Portillo Medeiros

Andrea Portillo Medeiros has a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from the University of Central Florida, a Masters of Public Health from Nova Southeastern University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. She has worked in the public health field for several years, merging health education, communications, and marketing. She is an active member of the American Public Health Association working with the communications committee and assisting with the program planning for the Public Health Education and Health Promotion section.

Virginia Bourgeois

Virginia Bourgeois provides editorial support to Education for Hope, overseeing all content so that the message is clear and consistent. As an avid and enthusiastic learner who enjoys studying, she believes in the mission to improve lives and end poverty through education. Born in South America and raised in the Caribbean, she has had an international upbringing and education and currently holds a Master of Science in Biochemistry from University College London and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

Jon Raedeke

Growing up in a family of artists and educators, Jon Raedeke is a believer in the importance of design and the transformative power of education. Jon studied art at Indiana University and went on to work at a stationer for 7 years, learning the craft of letterpress printing and design. He has worked as a print designer in commercial firms and a web designer for the US Government. Being a father has inspired him to help create opportunities for young people without access to education.

Anita Thompson
Anita Thompson, originally from Sierra Leone, has for several years served as an Adjunct Professor of African/African-American Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. Her curriculum, entitled “The African Experience”, provides students with a balanced portrait of African history from antiquity to modern times. She received her Master of Arts in Pan-African Studies from the University of Louisville and her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Kentucky, both of which are located in Kentucky, USA.