We go to great lengths to find contacts who become local heroes in developing countries to serve as a bridge between the students and our foundation. These local heroes are volunteers, often already working in the field of education. JHS Local Heroes identify potential students, coordinate the administrative aspects of the student’s schooling with the foundation, as well as supervise the student’s progress.
JHS Local Heroes donate their time and expertise.
Here is what some of them have to say:
JHS Local Hero, Nepal
"Being a JHS hero is often a challenge as students from disadvantaged Dalit, Muslim and ethnic minorities or from the remotest mountain areas need a lot of help. They have come from poorer schools and lack information about study options and how to even get in to a technical school or university. Once in the girls need encouragement and support as they are often far from friends and family. There are constantly unexpected demands when courses change, practical field work requires extra funds, illness strikes. Getting through several years of higher education is a commitment for the student, the hero and JHS."
JHS Local Hero,
"I see JHS as a transformative force in the lives of these girls. I know that my students come from families that have no means whatsoever of financially supporting their girls past even primary education. Yet, in the face of abject poverty, I have seen these girls strive and attain success in ways that were previously unimaginable...The girls in this JHS program are working not only to find success themselves, but to build the hope of someday changing the economic status of their families."
JHS Local Hero, Laos
"We know that volunteering a portion of our time is something we should do. There are reminders all around us that our help is needed. Other people will significantly benefit from any time we contribute more than we could imagine... In the provinces of Laos many people live on less than 1 dollar a day. Education is considered crucial for development in these areas."
JHS Local Hero, Ghana
Having benefitted from a JHS scholarship myself, an opportunity to give back in the form of helping JHS Foundation identify and assist young ladies from underprivileged backgrounds to acquire tertiary education is fulfilling. The timely intervention from JHS Foundation in the form of scholarship to these girls changes the entire narrative- From uncertainty to empowerment for change and impact. For example, Beatrice, one of our scholarship beneficiaries, has inspired many young ladies and has learnt some vocational skills from her private time to teach many young girls during her vacation