Janet and Jim reside in Canada (Ottawa, Ontario) and visited South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana for the first time in 2009.
Moved by the people, cultures, and challenges in Africa, they returned in 2010 and started mentoring African youth. They now spend the majority of each year in South Africa.
Local youth identified the shortage of male role models in their lives, and how this has negatively impacted their communities. This motivated the establishment of Iizidima in 2011 with the purpose of empowering disadvantaged male youth on their educational journey and to serve as responsible role models.
Janet provides academic support in English, math, and science to grade 8 to 12 boys. Jim mentors male youth between 13 and 21 years of age.