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As a child in Sierra Leone, Hindolo Pokawa experienced the brutal violence, economic destruction, and social disintegration of civil war. After finishing high school as an adult in Zimbabwe, where he fled once the war escalated, he later entered the United States on a student visa and earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Global Studies, with a Minor in African-African American Studies, focusing on Peace and Governance. He later earned his Master’s of Liberal Studies, for which he focused on literacy and land use in mining communities in rural African communities. As the Founder and Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy, Hindolo’s role has been to build local communities’ capacity to see themselves as part of the solution to problems they face—producers of knowledge and agents of change. Hindolo is a farmer, bringing communities together to grow food, regenerate soil resilience and advance economic policies to address racial inequality in communities.