Founded in 1982, Friends of the Poor is a nondenominational service organization that works in partnership with relief workers in various parts of the world to provide necessary funds, material goods, medicines and food to aide in the alleviation of poverty and suffering.
In 1998, Jean Colarusso, President of Friends of the Poor, began organizing the first of many missions in Africa.
The current project focus of Friends of the Poor is to provide funding to expand and maintain the Stella Maris Academy and the Village of Maryhaven, in Minna, Nigeria. We are working to finish construction of the High School and the technical training center in order to provide academic opportunities and job training for our orphaned students.
President, Jean Colarusso