JELA’S DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES
We are a non-profit registered in Nigeria in 2019, to provide opportunities for any individual-irrespective of beliefs, gender or socio-economic background- to access potable water, blood donors and mental healthcare through a network of dedicated volunteers while upholding the values that entrench youth empowerment.
Our vision: A Nigeria where audacious servant-leaders are committed to promoting individual wholeness and taking responsibility for improving their communities.
Our mission: To advocate for and provide access to better healthcare and its facilities such as mental health services, access to clean water and access to blood donors through a network of volunteers who are committed to community-building.
Fact: Registration and screening till when the blood is drawn, takes only about 1hr and 30 mins, especially if you are donating through a request on #JBloodMatch because you would be giving blood directly to the recipient in a hospital.
Learn more at https://t.co/ZuKlZNlB6Q https://t.co/I9o4rbj6Ko
Today, we are doing a #throwback to the LEP 2020 Cohort's excursion to Dine and Pack Culinary School.
This year, there will be an excursion as well. Apply for the LEP now to be part of the experience!
Leadership Exchange Programme: Applications open 18th June 18th, 2021
Unburden Group Therapy session for those with substance abuse disorder: June 25th, 2021.
What We Do
JDI Blood Donation
This initiative promotes health and wellness though blood donation, advocacy and creation of platforms for regular blood drives, thus meeting Sustainable Goal 3 of good health and wellbeing. Through our free solution called ‘J-Blood Match’ which directly pairs those in need of blood to donors, using their blood type and location, we are contributing our quota to raising the Nigerian blood pool from 1% to 5%! Click here to learn more and register on J-Blood Match! As advocates, we also raise awareness on the need for voluntary blood donation through radio shows, articles and social media. Would you want to feature us on your platform? Please send us an email.
JDI Access to Clean Water
Through this initiative, JDI advocates for the establishment of potable water sources in rural communities so as to meet the Sustainable Development Goal 6 of clean water and sanitation. Consequently, the ‘H20ForCommunities’ project is aimed at drilling at least one borehole in 4 different communities of about 1000 people per year. Click here to learn more about our last project in Iwa Community, Niger State.
JDI Mental Health
This initiative is designed to provide psychological support through counselling sessions and the use of technology to meet Sustainable Development Goal 3 of good health and well-being. We aim to alleviate the causes of emotional instability and mental illness, thereby reducing suicide and mortality rates. Through our free, monthly group therapy sessions called ‘Unburden’, individuals have access to experts and a safe space where they can break the culture of silence and find possible solutions. Click here to see one of our past sessions
JDI Youth Empowerment through Volunteering
This initiative involves empowering young people with the gains of volunteering as a tool for community-building and acquiring relevant experiences which develop them into servant-leaders and close skill gaps. In line with Sustainable Goals 4 and 8 of quality education as well as decent work and economic growth, we train young Nigerians on servant-leadership and community-building while they are paired as volunteers with keen organisations in the ‘JDI Leadership Exchange Programme’ Learn more about the LEP here.
Unburden group therapy sessions organized
People reached through Unburden
Successful blood donation connections through J Blood Match
Youth trained on servant leadership and community building
Training hours on servant leadership and community building
From Our Founder
“Hi! My name is Angela Omeiza Ochu-Baiye, a solicitor turned media consultant and audio producer whose work focuses on breaking communication barriers and bridging knowledge gaps by translating audio content into local languages. Through my flagship shows, Jela’s Clinic and The Conversation at WE FM 106.3 Abuja, I leveraged my roles as Talk Show Host and Producer to transform radio show content in Abuja and promote intellectual discourse. I hold Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Law from the University of Westminster and Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom. I am listed by the Guardian Newspaper as one of 100 most inspiring women in Nigeria and was conferred with the Amazon Award by Women on Fire, both in 2018. In 2019, I was recognized by Donors for Africa as one of 100 women in the development space. I am a 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow. My love for the Black Panther movie led me to raise funds and take 200 underserved kids to watch it in a cinema, in 2018. Wakanda forever!!”
– Angela Omeiza Ochu-Baiye
Board of Trustees
Our Board of Trustees are Nigerians who have distingushed themselves in public and private sectors of the economy. They are committed to social justice and empowering the whole person.
Mrs. Grace Salawu is the Managing Director of Omegah Holdings and the CEO of Grandquest International Ventures Ltd. Her passion for farming culminated into the birth of Grandquest Farms with a focus in poultry, fish hatchery and snail farming. She is also involved in real estate and enjoys providing affordable housing through her housing scheme. Grace Salawu is married to former Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Dr Phillips O. Salawu. She is a mother and grandmother. She takes pride in her 6 wonderful children and 5 Grandchildren, whom she has groomed and raised to be worthy members of society. Grace enjoys movies and comedy. She is a huge fan of Nollywood.
Shola Adesoye is a versatile, multi-faceted, and progressive-minded Man. The Senior Pastor of The Lighthouse Church, a social crusader, an author, Television and Radio Host. He is a serial entrepreneur with interests in different sectors. Shola Adesoye sits on the board of many companies and nonprofits, including The Leprosy Mission Nigeria (TLMN). He is an Executive director in Adesoye Holdings Ltd and Supasteel Ltd, a service and fabrication company servicing the Oil and Gas sector of Nigeria. Adesoye College, the foremost Private Secondary School in Nigeria. He is married to Comfort Adesoye and they have 3 lovely children in Abuja Nigeria. He enjoys golf, tennis and a big fan of Fast & Furious Vin Diesel. Shola is Board Secretary.
Mrs. Ekaette Umoh is the founding MD/CEO of Business Support Microfinance Bank and served for eight years. She is the Lead Consultant at Ekaville Consulting. She is author of a book Aspire: Starting A Successful Business. She is a Chartered Accountant, a Certified Microfinance Banker and holds a B.Sc (Ed.) Chemistry from University of Uyo. She obtained a certificate in Entrepreneurship Management from EDC, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos & was retained on the faculty after her programme. Ekaette is an alumnus of Lagos Business School Owner Manager Programme. She features on Moneyline with Nancy on AIT. She enjoys hiking and dancing. Ekaette is Board Treasurer