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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.

JAKE SINCLAIR MD

Board Chair

LEE PAIVA

President

MEGHANN KABALA

Board Member

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Jake is a San Francisco-based Pediatrician and is the founder of Ujamaa – Africa. He has been working to develop innovative models to care for high risk youth for the past 20 years. He is a passionate advocate for young victims of domestic and sexual violence and has developed several youth empowerment programs in the USA and Africa.

Lee is a writer/activist living in San Francisco and is the founder of No Means No Worldwide. Lee’s specialty is sexual gender based violence prevention curriculum, training and certification programming. She has spent the last 6 years writing and developing the IMpower curriculum for girls and boys. Lee believes IMpower curricula and programming will be used around the world to empower women and children to put an end to violence against women and children.

Meghann is a CPA and Bay Area business woman. Meghann has travelled the world several times over and hopes to devote her finance and business skills to helping vulnerable women and children in developing countries.

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    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.

    Our Mission Is To Promote Health, Personal Security AndEconomic Empowerment For Vulnerable Women And Children.

    Local Leadership Versus Importing Westerners

    10-times more cost effective than western managers We recruit, train and retain the best and brightest local talent to work for change in their own society other than importing high priced western employees who require years to become adept at navigating local culture and traditions.

    Breaking Down The Top 7 Obstacles To Family Planning

    Impossible to Determine cost effectiveness at this time Deploying community health workers at low cost/no cost into the most afflicted communities so that they can hammer away at the cultural and religious prejudice, myths and misconceptions that are the real destroyers of family planning programs as opposed to investing in costly western birth control methods that often get mis-used or discarded.

    Apprenticeships Versus Vocational Training For Older OVCs

    2-times more cost effective than the current Vocational Training model We place older OVCs in community apprenticeships which provide skill development and employment in their own communities. The vocational training/starter kit models very often don’t result in successful self employment.

    Microfinance For Orphan Guardians And GBV Victims

    14-times more Cost Effective than Orphan Monthly Sponsorships By pairing weak and strong orphan guardians into Micro-Loan groups, Ujamaa deviates from the traditional micro-loan model which allows members to self select their own groups. This makes possible the inclusion of older guardians who would never qualify or be chosen to be in a group. Our Ujamaa market model and bulk-purchasing provide these elderly guardians and their Ujamaa group the boost they need to overcome failing health and a lack of community support.

    Prevention Versus Aftercare To End Rape

    60-times more cost effective than the current “Aftercare” model We teach self-defense and personal empowerment/safety for prevention of rape other than the aftercare model that the majority of today’s GBV organizations currently practice.

    JAKE SINCLAIR MD

    Board Chair

    LEE PAIVA

    President

    MEGHANN KABALA

    Board Member

    jake-400x380

    nomeansno-lee-sinclair

    meghabnn-400x380

    Jake is a San Francisco-based Pediatrician and is the founder of Ujamaa – Africa. He has been working to develop innovative models to care for high risk youth for the past 20 years. He is a passionate advocate for young victims of domestic and sexual violence and has developed several youth empowerment programs in the USA and Africa.

    Lee is a writer/activist living in San Francisco and is the founder of No Means No Worldwide. Lee’s specialty is sexual gender based violence prevention curriculum, training and certification programming. She has spent the last 6 years writing and developing the IMpower curriculum for girls and boys. Lee believes IMpower curricula and programming will be used around the world to empower women and children to put an end to violence against women and children.

    Meghann is a CPA and Bay Area business woman. Meghann has travelled the world several times over and hopes to devote her finance and business skills to helping vulnerable women and children in developing countries.