Originally from Guadeloupe and settled in Benin since 1997, the Jah Family created the JAH Sphere in the classified and protected forest of Pahou, Ouidah, the Center for the Awakening and Stimulation of Children and the Center for the Experimentation of the Valorization of Agro Ecology, Endogenous Sciences and Techniques, which currently has nearly 150 children enrolled.. The first component of CEVASTE, this center is a pan-African school oriented in priority to the training of a new generation of African citizens proud of their history, respectful of their environment, capable of unity and nourishing a vision of prosperity and sustainability for their continent.
Since 1976, the father and mother JAH have given a dynamic to the Black diasporic community in Paris.
Arrived in France since their youth, one from the Caribbean, father JAH (Guadeloupe); the other from the continent, mother JAH (Cameroon).
After their personal journeys, these two giants met in 1976 to engage in a Pan-African mission to this day.
It all started with the creation of the weekly magazine Black Hebdo which informs and invites each Afro-descendant to contribute to the future of the Black people. They then opened the 1st Pan-African Cultural Center under the name of Dambala Family where they have been organizing Pan-African cultural and historical events since 1977 including the Kwanzaa. As Kemites, they organized, as early as 1977, the celebration of Kwanzaa, the publication of black greeting cards and calendars as well as a summer camp for the children of the black community in Great Britain.
Authors such as Maryse Conde from Guadeloupe and Seydou Badiane Kouyate from Mali, as well as musician messengers such as Joseph Hill from Jamaica's Culture and Fela Anikulakpo Kuti from Nigeria will share their experiences with the youth. The meeting with the reggae singers Cimarons, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and the I three will lead them to join the people of Jah Rastafari and his prophetic mission to accomplish the Repatriation, that is to say the Return to the Ancestral Mother Earth. They will henceforth take the name of the Jah Family.
To prepare themselves, they will go to Guadeloupe where they will live in the footsteps of the Neg Maroon ancestors. During seven years of self-sufficiency in the mountains, they learned to live in harmony with nature and gave birth to three of their four children. They gathered a corps of young volunteers and succeeded in reaching Mother Earth in Benin on April 15, 1997, with their four children and two young volunteers.
For 22 years, as pioneers, the first unit of Guadeloupe making the choice of the Great Return to the Ancestral Mother Earth, by their existence and their advocacy they have been asking the question of the administrative recognition of the Right of Return. Their place of life, a space of 4 hectares granted by the Beninese State in the classified forest of Pahou, commune of Ouidah, is the cultural Embassy of the Pan-African Diaspora and the People of JAH and serves as a first reception place for the volunteers to the Return, in the rural sector.
They also work with children at Ecolojah, their Pan-African and ecological elementary school, established to provide an educational alternative where Pan-African history, agroecology and utilitarian arts and crafts are part of the curriculum to give each student the Love and pride of their Pan-African heritage. They are in constant connection with those from the English-speaking hemisphere who have made the great comeback, especially in Ghana, Ethiopia and South Africa. They look forward to seeing other Afrodescendants from Guadeloupe and Martinique fulfill the Prophecy of the Return and confirm the Victory of the Ancestors. The Road is long, from yesterday to tomorrow, but as His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I teaches us "Unity is the Priority".
Education is the foundation of everything!
By sponsoring a child now, you are helping him or her to change their life. You are also helping to train the future builders of tomorrow. ECOLOJAH instills an innovative education adapted to African children in the rural sector, in a rich program to train the future builders of Africa. Support this vibrant youth.
Let's honor our heroes while they are still alive.
Father and mother JAH are at the base of the Back to Afrika in French-speaking black Africa that is popularized today.
Encouraged by the speech of Marcus Garvey, these two giants of Pan-Africanism are the first French-speaking Afro-descendants to have materialized the return to Africa.
This school is therefore one of the undeniable legacies that they have materialized on the ground and which we must support so that it can endure and thus educate current and future generations.
By sponsoring this school, you honor their work!
Each year the school organizes events that you can support.
By sponsoring one of the historical activities - Kwanzaa, Black History Months, Arbor Day, Marcus Garvey Day, etc.
You will contribute to the sustainability of activities that provide pan-African and historical content to the school's students through cultural, sporting and environmental events.