Project Juembo was created in 2012 as a children's ministry of African Bible Colleges. The mission project was developed on the idea that no one can do everything, but everyone can do something. This was brought into action by having students and churches throughout America help children in Malawi, Africa, by packing backpacks filled with school supplies. The founder Ashley Cozzolino saw that by bettering a Childs education you also better their future. Education is extremely valued by the Malawian people because it offers them the chance to receive a college degree and attain a job in their society rather than working in the maze fields the rest of their lives.
Ashley Cozzolino was raised in the mission field at the African Bible College campus in Malawi. She is one of the first students enrolled at the ABC Christian Academy, and had been involved in various outreach ministries throughout her childhood. Ashley initiated the Project Juembo ministry her first year out of college in the U.S., and gathered enough back packs in 2012 to ship to Malawi for the first distributions. After getting married in Africa and working on the mission field for a year, Ashley returned to the states to pursue her Masters in Broadcast Journalism. She now works for a local TV station in Jackson, Mississippi. Ashley hopes to infect others with the enthusiasm she has for the ministries of African Bible Colleges.
Levi Chinchen is a twelth grader at Madison Ridgeland Academy in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Born and raised in Malawi, he’s incredibly passionate about mission work and helping those who are less fortunate. Levi travels to Malawi annually and organizes the back pack distributions to villages that surround the capital city of Lilongwe. He also recruits and manages team members who take Project Juembo’s bags to village schools. This determined teenager has managed to inspire young people halfway across the world to give to this project. What began as an after school activity for this student leader has evolved into an effective ministry, and one that allows him to witness to people of all ages and travel the world to do so.