Manasseh’s Children was founded as a California 501(c)(3) in 1995 by Dr. Jake Sinclair, in order to help street children in the US and abroad. We worked for five years in partnership with another non-profit, Youth Industry, establishing five businesses and a media arts center which provided vocational training and a creative outlet for over 1500 San Francisco homeless youth.
In 2001, Dr. Sinclair and his wife Lee visited East Africa in an effort to find responsible, legitimate charities focused on the AIDS crisis. While there, they made connections with other non profit organizations and NGOs working with street kids, orphans, and child prostitutes. Jake would literally take the children from the street and drive them to the location of their last known living relative and offer to enroll them in a new micro enterprise loan program. This would enable the orphan guardian to become self sufficient, and thus provide food, clothing, shelter and protection for the child.
In 2004 Jake and Lee sought to expand this and other programs by seeking other Americans interested in giving these destitute children the chance for a healthy productive life. Today, with the help of Bethel Christian Church, Lucas Valley Community Church, The Quest, Hillside Church, The Thrive Foundation and Reedley First Baptist Church, the program has expanded to provide comprehensive services for over 700 orphans, their caretakers and their communities.