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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Youth Development Programs

Mission: We work to educate, equip and empower marginalized youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We reach the unreached, make education a possibility, and supplement the education gaps through hands-on experience and leadership training

Results: We monitor the success of our education program through professor assessments, connections with local employment agencies, as well as academic progress. It is important to make sure we are delivering relevant and significant support to our students ensuring the greatest chance of success possible.

Target demographics: We provide college scholarships to students of all religion, ethnicity, and socio-economics. These students have different stories, but they all begin with adversity. From orphanages, broken homes, discriminated populations, and poverty, college is a dream and the immediate concern is safety and food security

Direct beneficiaries per year: 150 students

Geographic areas served: Jericho serves in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Programs: College scholarships and Holistic care

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a previous scholarship recipient and current alumni I can say without doubt that the Jericho foundation is changing the destiny of not just few students but of a entire country. Without Jericho foundations scholarship many young leaders wouldn't have a chance to emerge and make an impact in their fields of study. I am honored to have been of this story and will continue helping Jericho change this country for the better.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm been lucky to be involved with Jericho for many years and I'm continually impressed with Jericho's success and mission. Being able to see the impact that Jericho has on the lives of those is seeks to help and also its volunteers is what keeps me involved. I know my donations are making a true impact.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was Jericho student for a 5 years. Now I'm working for Jericho Foundation. Jericho Foundation made my dreams come true. First of all, thanks to Jericho I've got college education. But that is not all. When I became part of Jericho Foundation as a student I realized that I have a new family as well, people who care for me and believe in me. After all, I met other students and got new friends. When I was about finishing college I was happy because of that, but I was sad that I am no longer part of Jericho, will not be able to attend seminars and see my friends and people I love. Two years later, I got a job at Jericho Foundation. Working with Jericho, helping to students like Jericho helped me a years before was the best thing for me. Be part of Jericho is not just helping to the students, it is be a part of family, be able to learn new things, be able to connect to people, to listen to people and become a better person each day.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently joined the board for Jericho and have been extremely impressed by this nonprofit organization. The stories that I have heard from the students are moving and I am forever grateful for meeting these folks and learning their stories. Jericho is well ran, has great leadership, and above all kind hearts. I am truly honored to be a part of this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Jericho just keeps getting better each year. This year we have 55 students in Bosnian schools and we have graduates working for BMW and Microsoft. We have dentists, doctors, and engineers. We have students in finance, social work, and one of the first speech pathologists in Bosnia. Join us as we continue to give HOPE and change Bosnia

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been associated with many charitable organizations and all have served others very well. The Jericho experience has especially stood out for me. I find it fascinating that we help children on the other side of the globe, a place that many would struggle to find on a map. The results are astonishing, we literally transform the lives of every student we sponsor and that then impacts the life of everyone they are closely associated with. I sometimes get asked why this charity (versus others closer to home). My answer: we are the only ones that are going to help them and if it is not us, it will not be anyone else. We are their only chance. The great news is that when we help, they run with it and live lives filled with enormous opportunity. Jericho is the deal breaker in their lives.

1 Kalyn H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Jericho for 8 years and I have witnessed first hand the life-changing impact the programs have on the lives of youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina. They are transparent and constantly evolving to meet the new needs and challenges facing the region. It is an honor to be a part of their work!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to work with Jericho for the past 5 years. They are an incredible organization, not only going above and beyond to serve their mission, but creating a meaningful and effective donor/service experience for everyone involved. They are impacting their target group in Bosnia while impacting those they allow to be a part of it in the United States. We appreciate their work and heart for the cause.

1 Lindsey W

Board Member

Rating: 5

My family has been a part of Jericho from the beginning and I've loved watching the Foundation grow and the success that has come with it. The students that we help are beyond grateful and truly represent why the focus is on sponsoring them and helping rebuild their lives and ultimately their country. I have met countless students over the years and each of their stories touch my heart. As a young professional, to see the struggles they have faced and are able to overcome is incredible. I am so blessed to be on the board to help make decisions that will impact those who need it. I will continue to praise Jericho Foundation for the work that has been done and will continue.

1 kjls9988

Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently went on my second trip to Sarajevo for the Student Leadership Seminar. I am just as amazed as my first trip and even more solid in my beliefs as to why this foundation has my heart. Sure Jericho raises funds to help put these students through college, but they go above that. Jericho takes the time to hold these seminars along with countless hours of one on one with each student to teach them life skills in the hope that each student becomes a well-rounded functioning person in their society.
These skills go from how to recognize their triggers, how to handle them, how to control their emotions without being shut off, just to name a few. This year the big one was to really take a look at unity within the country. How can they do their part to really look at their narrative and seek out if it's correct or possibly a belief or thought passed down? It was fascinating to see many students' eyes and hearts opening to the idea of a more united Bosnia.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When you talk about ‘making a difference’ this organization is it! Not only are they helping students financially, they also spend a lot of resources teaching these students how to overcome different obstacles throughout their life journeys. We love Jericho from every perspective and are honored to be a small part of this amazing foundation!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

Interesting discrepancy - financial pie chart at the foundation web page and at the charity navigator.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

This organization is tremendous in their efforts to assist not only students but ultimately, through them, the greater Bosnia and Herzegovina community. Meaningful relationships are the conduit of all they do; through this intimate and hands-on approach, communities are being transformed and will eventually be able to lift themselves out of poverty through education. I wholeheartedly believe in the excellent leadership of this organization and know that the effects of their work will ultimately reach farther and wider than Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough great things about the Jericho Foundation. It has been quite remarkable to observe the changes this foundation has made in the lives of others, whether that be Jericho students or Jericho volunteers/donors/etc. The amount of love and passion that goes into developing the youth of Bosnia and Herzegovina is humbling and inspiring. This foundation provides students with opportunities that could forever change the trajectory of their lives and economy. Whatever your involvement may be, you will leave forever changed in all the best ways.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Jericho is a truly unique foundation. I've been lucky to be involved with Jericho since the foundation's creation and been able to see firsthand the amazing impact the foundation has created of the lives involved; both individuals the foundation sets out to support and their volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi I am Scott. I had a friend of mine that cared enough for what was happening in my life to then invite me to go to Bosnia on one of the mission trips with Jericho. I have gone back a 2nd time and was signed up to go a 3rd time. From my experience(s) with Jericho, I understand fully what happens when God becomes part of your life and the excess in your life spills over to help others. This organization helps individuals learn to understand the 'life' God wanted us to have abundantly, (John 10:10b). What is more significant is that the impact that these children and students have on their families, communities, cities, regions and their home country having been through this program. Jericho Strong!!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Amazing nonprofit supporting disadvantaged youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina. My husband and I have been supporting Jericho Foundation for years and we remain impressed by the level of diligence and care that goes into every decision. Joanna and her team deeply care about the students, and the support goes way beyond dollars. They are also really good financial managers at Jericho and will make sure that the financial support goes where it's most needed.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported the Jericho Foundation for the past twenty years. I admire the organization because of the holistic approach used in addressing the needs of Bosnian youth and the goal to help rebuild the country through education. The organization has always used funds for the youth first and has an incredibly dedicated board and staff.

1 Laurie Z.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jericho has such a heart for the Bosnian people, and to see how they help empower the young students is impressive. To personally meet the Jericho students and hear their life stories and how their lives have changed is unforgettable. I have worked with this organization, and it is truly an honor.

1 Jason Jay M.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this organization! Not a one and done like many, rather this a long term commitment that required deep rooted relationship and mutual trust.

Una H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We've been supporters of the Jericho Foundation for the last 5+ years. Jericho works tirelessly with their resources to maximize impact for youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Their approach is holistic - looking at what kids might need from a well-being perspective, along with the appropriate mentoring and support needed to support them for professional growth. Jericho's beneficiaries are youth in BiH who have overcome incredible odds as a result of the war in BiH. Their stories are unbelievable and Jericho does a great job in helping us all stay connected to the beneficiaries from either letter writing, videos, etc. which is a really special personal touch. We are confident with how funds are used by this nonprofit because the impact numbers and stories speak for themselves. Jericho is truly changing the lives of young people in BiH and helping us rebuild our country by investing in rockstar youth.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having just returned from Sarajevo, I have seen for myself the wonderful ways the Jericho Foundation supports the next generation in Bosnia. Through education and building of relationships transformation is happening.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jericho Foundation's commitment to educate and advocate for marginalized youth in BiH is impressive and inspiring. They understand that lasting change begins by empowering the next generation of the country's people, and they have created effective programs through which they are continually accomplishing this goal. I've heard several of their students' stories, and the impact this organization has had on their lives is incredible. A fantastic nonprofit!

Jason Jay M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jerichofoundation.org has changed my life, these people work so hard to help the disadvantaged people of Bosnia.

2 Mike D.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been supporters of the Jericho Foundation for many years. My wife, Kim,and daughter, Sarah, travelled with the Jericho team to Bosnia in 2015, and I have travelled with the team the past three years. The "Hope"to build a future in their own community/country, is what I see the Jericho Foundation providing to students in Bosnia, and it inspires me. Being fortunate enough to be a member of the Jericho Team, I have had many personal conversations with the students, and have heard their hope as they talk of their future.
Kim and I also had the pleasure to host Doris , a Jericho intern, this past summer. We were so honored to share this time with Doris, and enjoyed hearing her talk about her amazing experience at Bronson Hospital.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a monthly donor for several years and had the opportunity to go on a Jericho Project Hope trip, which changed my life. The Jericho Foundation is an amazing organization that is making a serious impact in the re-growth of Bosnia by uplifting and empowering the youth. They truly understand that in order to create a generational change, you must build a foundation of trust and love. Jericho Foundation is not just a non-profit providing opportunities, it is a family to everyone involved. Jericho has been around long enough for things to come full circle, students I met on the project hope trip have graduated and gone out into the working world and are now donors themselves. Now that is something amazing to see and experience. Keep up all the amazing work!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fabulous Organization! I have only just started my involvement with Jericho and I am incredibly impressed. These students are inspiring - it has been such a joy to interact with them. Jericho is true to their mission and cares for the students like you would not believe! 5 stars without question!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have gone on 3 Hope trips with the Jericho Foundation to Bosnia and that have been life changing for me. I love the mission of Jericho, that if you give a young adult an education then you empower them to make changes in there own life, family and country. Its not a hand out, its something these kids work really hard for! I have been a donor for 10 + years and I will continue to be. I am proud to be apart of a life changing non-profit.

1 Adrake

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am consistently impressed with this organization! They have a clearly defined vision and they are committed to the students in the program in a way that extends far beyond a scholarship. They are fiscally responsible with the donors gifts and I have seen and heard firsthand how the students, and their families are being empowered!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I first heard of Jericho several years ago. slowly, as I learned more about the foundation, began participating in fundraisers. I was impressed with the mission of not only providing money for education, but building relationships and helping the students with developing life skills. Today I work part time with Jericho and serve on the board. I am more impressed every day with the Director, my fellow board members, our program director and the volunteers who take every decision as seriously as if they were making it for their own children.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I happened to know few people who were Jericho scholarship recipients. Today they are all successful, positive and self-confident individuals and they all agree that non of that would be possible without Jericho. Jericho Foundation's work is really making difference in peoples lives. It is a reminder that there is always hope and good in this world. Thank you, Jericho!

ebajrami

Donor

Rating: 5

Jericho Foundation supported me during my 4 years of studies at University of Sarajevo and becoming on what currently I am. Support of the Jericho Foundation isn't just finnancial but also emotional where they are always there for a talk when you need, encouragement and support in every step during college. It feels more like family not just Foundation.
Even though that I finished my studies almost 5 years ago, I still feel as part of the family.

1 Patrick K.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Iv had the great opportunity to be involved with Jericho Foundation since a young age. I was able to go on my first Jericho Project Hope trip to Bosnia a year after high school(2009) and a second the year after. The connections I made still exists along with a lasting positive impact on my own life. I felt called to continue to support and became a monthly donor which I still am today. Jericho is focused and puts their students and other members their life first. I firmly believe they put every dollar and effort in the right direction to not only support an individual but also their families. Jericho knows community, family, and love come first.....which allows people to feel secure and blossom into their full potential. This is one of the main reasons I am and will continue to be a supporter of Jericho and the people they help.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was Jericho scholarship recipient and I feel some words that describe Jericho foundation well. They are warm, caring, helpful, optimistic, helpful, trustworthy but then I also like to think they are hard-working and very practical. Love you so much, you are amazing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first experienced the "family" of Jericho personally in the fall of 2014 where I was involved in the leadership seminar in Mostar! The students of Bosnia are so appreciative of their education and are eager to learn and connect with the Jericho team. Relationships are ongoing and provide the students with hope and confidence in their future and in their countries future. A team is also sent to the orphanage in Bosnia every year to provide love and support to the children and to teach them about their opportunity for an education in their future....hope!!!! There are so many amazing volunteers and staff and board members that have been a part of the Jericho family for many years! I am so impressed with how these people walk the talk showing Christ's love in so many ways. The Jericho foundation rocks!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been involved with the Jericho Foundation for about 6 years, first as donors, then as speakers/mentors at the Student Leadership Seminar held annually in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the latter role, we have been able to witness first hand how the individual lives of the scholarship recipient students have been positively impacted by Jericho's influence.

In addition, one of the blessings we have received from our work with Jericho is the personal relationships we have been able to develop with a number of the students, so we have been able to see their desire and drive to be change-makers in their still war-devastated homeland.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Be someone who makes a difference in the world! The Jericho Foundation is a group of individuals who seek to emotionally, spiritually, and financially support students seeking a college education to better their lives and change their country. The foundation also seeks to provide mentoring and medical aid to those who have not been as blessed as we are in the United States. Be a part of an organization that is making a real difference. Your support will provide life altering change to others. Supporting this organization means knowing you have truly "Loved one another". Cathy Shinabarger, former Jericho Foundation Board Member

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization has a true passion and heart for the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Their belief in empowering all to gain access to education and producing strong community leaders is unmatched. I am thankful for the work they do, thank you Jericho!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to the Jericho Foundation for a year and a half. I had heard about the amazing work they were doing and wanted to be a part of it. I had the privilege of traveling to Bosnia and Herzegovina to work with the college students at one of the leadership seminars. I can say, first hand, that the money donated has a direct impact on these student's lives. There is no one more deserving of support. Students are changing entire family legacies by attending college and blazing the trail for a brighter future.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a long time donor of over 15 years the Jericho Foundation has made dramatic and positive change in the lives of children and families in Bosnia. Their focus and mission has always stayed on target in utilizing funds and serving the people of BIH. Of all the charities I have donated to, this organization is the one I see the most direct results in the fulfillment of its mission

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am Jericho scholarship recipient. Without Jericho's help I couldn't imagine my future and the moment I am living right now. I couldn't count on my parents' and older brother's help. They couldn't find a job and living in situation like that is sometimes very hard to imagine. My mother and father have only the primary school and brother has high school education. My mum had a cancer and she wasn't been able to pay the drugs and medical treatment. Because of Jericho's support I will be able to help my family I will find a job and become a successfull person who will stay in Bosnia and restore the hope in my country.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with The Jericho Foundation for about 5 years as a donor and traveling to Bosnia and Herzegovina to volunteer. These trips are so life changing and have given me the opportunity to make lifetime lasting relationships with these amzaing kids. This organization does exactly what it says it going to do, give hope to the children in Bosnia and Herzegovina that would not otherwise have it.

2 Emily161

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've seen first hand what The Jericho Foundation does. Every penny donated provides for the education and well being of the children in Bosnia. I've been present for the tears of thankfulness of those kids who received that otherwise have nothing. They are the real deal & there is no better way to invest than a child.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Jericho Foundation is an organization that has a proven record of making a difference in Bosnia and Herzegovina. More specifically making a positive change by investing in the future generation that unfortunately is unable due to economic difficulties rebuild and grow the country tha once was before the war.

1 Mark224

Board Member

Rating: 5

Bosnia continues to struggle and employment opportunities for high school students without college education is limited. Jericho Foundation provides hope and college scholarships to students from orphanages or financially struggling families. These students recognize the value of education and are so grateful to have the opportunity.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

An amazing organization that helps my country (Bosnia and Herzegovina) by helping it's youth to get an education and a better future. Jericho is a family to all the students that receive their scholarship. I am their first student and am proud to say that since I have finished school in 2008 I still have that family and support that every person needs.
My country was in war and has its struggles after that. Scholarships and student loans are not available and it is very important for smart, talented kids to have a support in schooling.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although I was not involved in Jericho scholarship program, Jericho had a great impact on my life via my lovely wife. I think that if it wasn't for Jericho I would never met her. It was my honor to volunteer for Jericho two weeks ago!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a scholarship recipient of the Jericho Foundation. I had a difficult childhood. My mother died when I was 17, my father was an alcoholic and my brother abuser. Because of that, I was forced out of my home. I wanted to grow up and to be an independent and successful person. That was my biggest dream, but they did not allow. They stopped me at every step, sometimes financially, sometimes food, sometimes in ugly words and often with violent behavior. Through it all, it was very difficult to go alone but my light was Jericho organization. My dream would not have been possible without the good people who support Jericho. Jericho organization has made my dream come true and I became exactly what I wanted. My life is a reminder to all young girls who grow up with abusers and alcoholics, a reminder that with good people like you that I fulfill my dreams. Jericho organization is my reminder to the world there are still good people who want to help others and not to lose hope in humanity.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

As a graduated student who has receiving Jericho scholarship for four years, I can only say great words about Jericho foundation. For me Jericho is family. They helped me in so many ways. After first year of collage I wasn't able to continue with my education because of financial issues. Then Jericho helped me by giving me scholarship. Except material support, there were always somebody to talk with when I was feeling bad, having bad day or even to share my happiness after passed exam. Also, they gave me opportunity to visit America and work as an inter in American company. If I have ability to say 'Thank you' every day for the rest of my life, it wouldn't be enough to show my gratitude to Jericho. It really gives you hope to know that somebody, even very far from you, take care of you and you are not alone. Thank you Jericho :D

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is easy to see the direct impact your support makes on this foundation. I have had the honor of getting to know the incredible scholarship recipients Jericho serves and they are worthy students just looking for a chance. It is one of the most valuable experiences I have had with a foundation in my entire life. I am so thankful for the work they do, and getting to be a part of this story. To anyone considering offering their support, I would highly suggest the Jericho Foundation. They are transparent, honest, and like a real family! Thank you Jericho!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I can't believe there is an organization serving in the region the way Jericho is! As tragedies come, throughout the world, people retreat and move to the next issue. Jericho's commitment to the region has created lasting change and impact in the youth. It is vital that we stay in such areas so that a true difference can be made. Jericho is organized, intentional, impactful AND growing! I am so excited to watch their impact for years to come.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been traveling to and reporting from Bosnia for the last twenty years for BBC Television News. Having lived in the Bosnian city of Mostar during the conflict in the 1990's, I am only too aware of how some charities promise much and deliver little. In the time I have known about the work of Jericho, I have been hugely impressed with their long-term commitment and ability to deliver on promises made. I firmly believe that charities such as the Jericho foundation will play a huge part in shaping the country for future generations. I wish them the best of luck.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to work with Jericho for the past 2 years. They are an incredible organization, not only going above and beyond to serve their mission, but creating a meaningful and effective donor/service experience for everyone involved. They are impacting their target group in Bosnia, while impacting those they allow to be a part of it in the United States. We appreciate their work and heart for the cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was blessed to have the opportunity to see how the Jericho Foundation impacts the lives of children in Bosnia first hand. Upon a chance meeting with the founder of the organization, I was immediately moved to volunteer. My trip to Bosnia with Jericho changed who I am. Seeing the direct impact the donations to Jericho make on the children, toward not only their education, but their emotional and physical well being, is no less than amazing. I will forever be a support to this organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My family has been involved with Jericho since the beginning And have loved all the work we have done I consider everyone that Jericho aids part of my family!