Jenga Africa is an organization dedicated to promoting mental health and suicide prevention. Launched in 2017, we work to help millions of young people globally in overcoming depression and suicide ideation.
How it began…
Founded in 2017; after 20 years of battling depression and suicide ideation + attempts, Sheilla Akwara overcame her struggles and formed Jenga Africa to help other young people struggling with the same.
We engage with schools, governments, individuals, public and private society to achieve our goals in implementing key programmes aimed at addressing stigma; and creating solutions and strategies that can assist young people as they forge their futures and visions.
Sheilla Akwara, the founder of Jenga Africa, was plagued with bouts of severe depression, addictions, suicidal thoughts and several attempts for over 20 years. She was a victim of bullying and beatings at school (corporal punishment), and life at home proved difficult at times. Her first suicidal attempt was at a boarding school in Kenya at 13 years of age. In 2013 she was spiritually rescued from this dark place of gloom and despair. Upon seeing the many young people taking their lives especially in Africa, she decided to do something more than have a conversation. For this reason, she formed the organization, Jenga Africa.
Jenga Africa aims to build strength, hope, boldness and resilience that is within young people; harnessing the power of dialogue to encourage youth empowerment, create workshops that will assist youth in crafting their futures and additionally creating safe spaces for courageous conversations.