Our founders, Rudy and Hawa Gestede, created Jaarama out of their longstanding desire to give back to their West African roots. Early in their lives Rudy and Hawa decided they would adopt at least one child, however, life had other plans for them and they are now the proud parents of three biological children, but their desire to support and nurture orphans remained, thus the Jaarama Foundation was created.
Jaarama was founded to create and manage homes for orphans, specifically those in West African countries such as Benin and Guinea.
Founded by proud parents of three, Hawa and Rudy Gestede, Jaarama (which means thank you in Fula) was created out of their longstanding desire to give back to their West African roots, by building an orphanage to nurture and support children.
Their passion to make a difference and give back to those less fortunate than themselves, led to the Jaarama Foundation, a small charity looking to make a very big difference to the lives of those children who need a chance to grow-up in a safe and loving environment, with the support and education structure to build the foundation for their futures.