Our Ambassador of the week is PJ Cole, the executive director of Lifeline Nehemiah Projects from Sierra Leone. The organisation was founded in 1996 in relation to conflict in Sierra Leone, and aims to reshape the lives of children who are ex-soldiers and affected by circumstances of war.
PJ recently announced his most recent project, an Agricultural Business Centre for the Punduru community. This will enable the training of 540 farmers, and the majority of these farmers are part of the youth and women demographic. Additionally, 50 young people will receive training to create micro-enterprises. Elderly community members and men will also have the opportunity to learn about women and minority rights. This project has been under development for the past four years.
PJ believes young people have the ability to make a difference and encourages youth to help eradicate poverty. He has participated in Commonwealth Day Observance at Westminster Abbey and had the opportunity to address Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other world leaders.
Drawing inspiration from his parents’ actions, PJ and his family have offered salvation for these former child soldiers who are commonly viewed as outcasts. The Lifeline Nehemiah Projects runs four schools, a home for these children, and a vocational training centre.
Moreover, PJ and his colleagues work with farmers to bring economic and social change to the country. Lifeline Nehemiah Projects is helping farmers raise the quality and quantity of their crops and provide more job opportunities. By providing employment and resources to these farmers, Lifeline Nehemiah Projects hopes to accomplish long-lasting sustainability.