Who We Are

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Joyful Hands is an IRS recognized and designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that underprivileged children, especially those of color and those in third world countries, are receiving support and assistance by providing school supplies and creating a safe learning environment.

We work to ensure that youth are prepared as they matriculate through the realms of education, regardless of their socioeconomic status or geographic location.


Many children across the world do not have access to the resources needed to successfully perform as it relates to their educational plight. It is our hope that by providing these basic educational necessities, we will help close the achievement gaps in education, raise success levels, and provide access to adequate resources.

Our organization is funded through donations and grants. Revenue comes from individuals, foundations, corporations, and in-kind contributions.

Our Impact

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Globally, many disadvantaged youth battle matriculating through society with a limited number of resources. With a lack of empowerment, progressive motivation, and elements of hardship, some youth find ways to fill these voids through avenues that are not always positively effective.

At Joyful Hands, we believe having adequate school supplies, having access to basic resource centers such as libraries, can support the entity of education and dramatically help pave a path to a successful future.

Imagine the experience of being sent home from school because your tuition payment was overdue. Imagine the experience of not having any supplies for class or just the lack of resources. With this combination of embarrassment and shame, it becomes harder to perform at your best.

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​ Education is a human right and a crucial resource. Literacy improves health, income, and livelihood. However, data shows that millions of children do not attend schools and these children find themselves deprived of access to learning.

As a result, they become trapped in the generational cycle of poverty suffered by their families and those before them. It is also noted that even when children in lesser developed countries go to school, the quality of their learning leaves them many grades behind the students of wealthier nations.

We cannot forget that education is supported by making sure children in extreme poverty have their own school supplies, a safe place to attend to gain resources and assistance with homework, school projects, etc.

School is more than a building and a teacher. In developing nations, it is a game changer. It is the key, opening prosperity for the next generation, a door too often kept shut by the strain of daily labors to survive. Looking beyond the building ensures a better global future for today’s youth.

Meet our Board Members

Mrs.Elizabeth T. Rainey: Founder
Mrs.Elizabeth T. Rainey:

“The highest Human act is to inspire” Ermias 'Nipsey Hussle' Asghedom

Mrs.Tená V. Baker:Marketing and Communications Director
Mrs.Tená V. Baker:
Marketing and Communications Director

“When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” Audre Lorde

Mr. Samuel Pannoh:Financial and Budgeting Director
Mr. Samuel Pannoh:
Financial and Budgeting Director

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela

Mr. Samuel Pannoh:Financial and Budgeting Director
Ms. Millicent Seilenga:
Senior Grants Manager 

"Education is the key that unlocks the golden door to freedom." George Washington Carver