Congratulations to PJ Cole who was honoured with a Queens Young Leader Award for his community work and fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone. The Queens Young Leader award recognises exceptional people aged 18-29, who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives around the Commonwealth.
PJ Cole is the Executive Director of Lifeline Nehemiah Projects, an organisation dedicated to holistic development and rebuilding Sierra Leone. PJ moved from Sierra Leone to the UK to study law, where he joined LifeLine Projects, supporting vulnerable young people. In 2012 he was asked to restructure the school and home for ex-child soldiers that was established by his father in Sierra Leone. PJ now directs a safe-home, four schools and a vocational skills programme that equips vulnerable young people to be community leaders.
PJ is currently at the forefront of the fight against Ebola. His team which sits on the National Ebola Response Committee lead a division of the community sensitisation programme, provide food and psycho-social support to quarantined families and have just completed the building of an Ebola Community Care Centre in their neighbourhood, in partnership with international relief agency Medair.
So far the number of people reached by Lifeline Nehemiah Projects’ Ebola Education programme exceeds 32,000, and over 1,600 people have been supported by the quarantine programme. The team in Sierra Leone continue to expand their Ebola response as they begin to home Ebola orphans.
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