About Us

OUR MISSION

and beliefs

The mission of the Schools for Justice Foundation is to provide educational opportunities and loving child care to the community of New Georgia, Liberia. SFJ assists disadvantaged youth and adults by fully funding a local orphanage and an adult night school program.

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Children are the future of a healthy, thriving community.

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Every human being has the fundamental right to an education.

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Partnering with dedicated community members is the most effective way to have a lasting impact.

The Schools for Justice Foundation strives to foster local partnerships in all of its projects. Rather than imposing beliefs or frameworks, we work with visionary members of the community who want to improve their own lives, as well as the lives of their peers and children. We invite willing citizens of New Georgia to work with us in breaking Liberia’s cycle of poverty.

About Liberia
Liberia is a small country in West Africa founded in the 1820’s by former African American slaves in pursuit of freedom and equality. The founders of Liberia modeled their constitution after that of the United States and even named their capital city, Monrovia, in honor of the US President, James Monroe. Liberia was a moderately prosperous nation until two civil wars in the 1990’s through early 2000’s devastated Liberia’s political, social, and economic infrastructure. The Ebola virus epidemic in 2014-2015 further threatened the country’s fragile recovery. Today, Liberia has a population of roughly 4.5 million people, and is one of the 5 poorest countries in the world. 80% of the population lives on less that $1.25 a day, and the adult illiteracy rate is almost 60%. Despite these hardships, the Liberian people have unbreakable spirits and are determined to endure. Schools for Justice Foundation’s projects are centered in New Georgia, a community on the outskirts of Monrovia. All fieldwork is managed and operated by local residents committed to rebuilding and empowering their community.
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New Website
Welcome to our refreshed website!  Special thanks to the talented design team at Carillo and Co - so thankful to have them as partners!  Stay tuned to the news sections for updates on the orphanage and night school.

Kiazah Sherman

principal

Kiazah Sherman is the principal of Mercy Night School and the manager of our orphanage building project. He is passionate about teaching New Georgia’s citizens and improving Liberia’s education system. He’s excited to complete the orphanage building and move the kids into their new home! Kiazah is married to Jennifer and has three children.

Bindu Nimley

director

Bindu Nimley is the director of the Liberia Children’s Rescue Orphanage. She has served as a caretaker of orphanage children for over a decade, and nurtures them daily with her selfless love. Bindu is surrogate mother to all 40 children living at the orphanage as well as dozens of former residents.

Emily Sweet Witkop

founder

Emily Sweet Witkop founded Schools for Justice Foundation after living in New Georgia from 2005-2006. She fell in love with Liberia and has worked with committed New Georgians to improve their community ever since. Each trip to Liberia has taught her immensely about humility, perseverance and faith. Emily is married to Adam, and together they have one daughter, Juliet.

Adam Witkop

president

Adam Witkop has been part of Schools for Justice since he started dating Emily in 2012, and he manages financial and operational responsibilities for SFJ. Adam and Emily traveled to Liberia when the country reopened after Ebola in 2015, and was greatly impacted by the resiliency the New Georgia residents displayed in the midst of such hardship.

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Schools for Justice believes in empowering children and young adults to be the next generation of leaders in Liberia. Will you join us?