Joseph Benedit Kaifala
Joseph Kaifala is the Founder and Executive Director of the Jeneba Project Inc. 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, 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. Kaifala is a 2013-2014 American Society of International Law Helton fellow. He is recipient of the Vermont Law School (SBA) Student Pro Bono Award. Joseph was Justice of the Arthur Chapter (Vermont Law School) of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International.
Liat Krawczyk was born to Argentinean parents and grew up moving between Israel and the United States. She holds a B.A. in Human Rights and Film and an M.A. in International Development. In New York, Liat served as a 2007 Humanity-in-Action Fellow, a 2008 Public Service Scholar Fellow and a 2010 United Nations University Junior Professional Fellow. In San Francisco, she was an HIA Grassroots Fellow focusing on video/print journalism. In Washington DC she worked at the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights on human rights education, trial observation, mass atrocity prevention, anti-trafficking work, and HIV/AIDS policy.
Internationally, Liat is co-director of the Jeneba Project, an organization devoted to expanding educational opportunities for children in Sierra Leone. She worked with Search for Common Ground and the Liberian Ministry of Youth and Sport to conduct and co-author a study measuring youth engagement in Liberia. She now works in Israel with Yossi Beilin (former Israeli Minister of Justice and architect of the Oslo Peace Accords and Birthright) as his executive assistant and Africa project manager at the strategic consulting company "Beilink", working with high-level clients on food/water security/management, health and energy business. She researches, edits and translates for publications on the Middle East Conflict in media such as The New York Times.
Through documentary film and research, Liat has recorded the reality of people worldwide, including Holocaust and atomic bomb survivors, victims of violent insurgence in El Salvador, Sierra Leone and Liberia, troubled youth in NYC, and Palestinian-Israelis.
Peter S. Brock
Born in Berkeley, California, Peter attended Skidmore College where he studied Political and Economic Development. Peter and Joseph met at Skidmore through their involvement in the International Affairs Club and have been close friends ever since. During the summer of 2007, Peter accompanied Joseph on a trip back to Sierra Leone to implement a library-building project for which Joseph had received a $10,000 grant from the Davis Foundation. During this trip, Peter filmed the interviews and b-roll footage for a documentary film entitled “They Come in the Name of Helping”. Finished in December of 2007, the film focuses on the role of mutual respect in international development efforts. Since traveling to Sierra Leone, Peter and Joseph have presented together at several conferences and other events. Inspired by Joseph’s intense love of reggae music and dancing, Peter and Joseph have regularly attempt to out dance each other (often to the point of exhaustion).
JENEBA PROJECT INTERNS
Sadia Kamara was born and raised in Freetown, Sierra Leone, where she completed her secondary school education. In 2004, she was awarded the prestigious United World College scholarship to study at the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore where she found her own voice.
Sadia later graduated from Skidmore College where she majored in Management & Business and minored in International Affairs. She spent a semester abroad in Paris where she took some French immersion courses and became better acquainted with French culture. Sadia later served as a Davis United World College Fellow at the Development Project Management Institute at Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Sadia lives in Freetown. She is fluent in English and Creole and conversational French.
Isaac Chansky was born and raised in Upstate NY. He is currently pursuing a computer science degree at Skidmore College. Isaac is also current president of the Skidmore International Affairs club, which Kaifala founded while a student at the college. Isaac has organized several campus events to promote and raise money for the Jeneba Project.
He is passionate about using technology & the web to educate and inform the public and to advance causes around the world. When great design, usability, and functionality are combined with relevant messages, the possibilities for change are endless!
The Jeneba Project shares Isaac’s passion and we are proud to have him as our intern as he continues to render his share in our mission of building tomorrow’s world today!