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Joseph Kaifala Becomes The First Sierra Leonean To Receive Ford Global Fellow

Joseph Kaifala Becomes The First Sierra Leonean To Receive Ford Global Fellow

Founder of the JENEBA PROJECT INC. and co-founder of the SIERRA LEONE MEMORY PROJECT, Joseph Kaifala Becomes The First Sierra Leonean to receive Ford Global Fellow

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The Ford Foundation’s flagship global fellowship programme seeks to connect and support the next generation of leaders from around the world who are advancing innovative solutions to end inequality.

The programme focuses on shared learning across issue areas, building and strengthening cross-border connections, and developing a supportive, interconnected cohort from a wide range of sectors, with the hope that the fellowship will serve as a catalyst for fellows to accelerate the impact of their work, both individually and collectively.

Kaifala will be one of 48 new fellows and 24 other fellows. Each of the 72 fellows will learn from one another in order to design and reimagine solutions to inequality.

Joseph Ben Kaifala, ESQ. is founder of the JENEBA PROJECT INC. and co-founder of the SIERRA LEONE MEMORY PROJECT. He was born in Sierra Leone and spent his early childhood in Liberia and Guinea. He later moved to Norway where he studied for the International Baccalaureate (IB) at the Red Cross Nordic United World College before enrolling at Skidmore College in upstate New York. Joseph was an International Affairs & French Major, with a minor in Law & Society.

Joseph is also a Human Rights activist, a Rastafarian, and a votary of ahimsa. He speaks six languages.

Joseph has served as a Davis United World College fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies; a Humanity In Action senior fellow; a Tom Lantos-HIA US Congressional fellow; a Chicago Council on Global Affairs Agricultural Development Initiative intern, and an intern at the Child and Adolescent Development Department of the World Health Organization in Geneva.

He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, a Diploma in Intercultural Encounters from the Helsinki Summer School, and a Certificate in Professional French administered by the French Chamber of Commerce.

Joseph was an Applied Human Rights fellow at Vermont Law School, where he completed his JD and Certificate in International & Comparative Law. He is recipient of the Skidmore College Palamountain Prose Award, Skidmore College Thoroughbred Award, Vermont Law School (SBA) Student Pro Bono Award, a 2013 American Society of International Law Helton fellow, and a member of ‘Who Is Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges’ in recognition of outstanding merit and accomplishments as a student at Vermont Law School. Joseph is a BBC World Service Outlook Inspirations Fifteen. As the the programme described it, these are “people who show us a better side of being human.”

Joseph served as Justice of the Arthur Chapter (Vermont Law School) of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International. He is a member of the Washington DC Bar.

Sallu Kamuskay

Sallu Kamuskay is a Sierra Leonean activist, storyteller, and blogger. He was born in Sierra Leone but later relocated to Guinea as a refugee because of the war in his country. Sallu Kamuskay uses his phone to engage on social media, under the name ‘’Salone Messenger’. He Co-Founded the Salone Messenger platform after his experience of the war, Ebola, and injustices. According to him, silence was the root cause of war, and of many social injustices, we continue to face as a nation. In 2013, during the Ebola crisis, Sallu Kamuskay took the risk and volunteered to fight Ebola. He spent some months in both safe and unsafe places; helping the victims and telling their sad stories. The election in 2018, left a divided country with communities fighting on tribal lines. This inspired Sallu Kamuskay to serve as the coordinator of the United Sierra Leone peace concert, which was organized in 4 major parts of the country, targeting violent communities and troubled youth. Sallu Kamuskay led a group of entertainers, activists, and organizations across the country on a peace tour, a program supported by the European Union, United Sierra Leone, Africa Union, ECOWAS, and the Messeh Leone Trust. Sallu Kamuakay has also served as a staff writer for the Hidden Voices Magazine. Over the years, Sallu Kamuskay has been using his Techno phone to be able to tell stories, the phone he used to tell the story of Gbessay during Ebola who was admitted at one of the Ebola treatment centers after rumors that she had Ebola when the actual sickness was ulcer, she was almost abandoned at the treatment canter with no medication provided to her. She could have died. Sallu told the story via social media and was able to secure funding from the United Sierra Leone to buy her medication and advocated for her. She was later discharged and taken home, He did the same to a patient that died and was abandoned in the street, Sallu Kamuskay used his phone and shared the message across, the corps was later taken and buried. It could have been more disaster without his voice. The story of late America Stress 3-year-old daughter. The hero’s daughter was abandon after his father's death. He shared her sad story and was able to get a sister who has taken the child as her own and is currently providing her with educational support. The article of America Stress can be read on the link below Sallu Kamuskay feels the stories of Gbessay, America stress and that of many others need to be told. The media house we have cannot better tell these stories, they are better reporters than telling human interest stories. He created the Salone Messenger platform and brought together passionate storytellers to be able to tell these compelling stories.

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