#32: Healing Sierra Leone with Hindolo Pokawa


Hindolo Pokawa is the founder and executive director of Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy, a non-profit dedicated to healing and rebuilding communities of Sierra Leone that is much needed after the country’s civil war.

As a child in Sierra Leone, Hindolo 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.

Today, Hindolo’s role has been to build local communities’ capacity to see themselves as part of the solution to socio-economic problems, producers of knowledge, and agents of change.


Hindolo's Favorites in the Twin Cities

Favorite Meal Under $15:

  • Ghandi Mahal and Breaking Bread Cafe

Favorite Public Space:

  • The Wedge Table and the Seward Co-op

Favorite Annual Event:

How would you describe the Twin Cities:

  • “A melting pot.”

State of the Union Message:

  • “The United States has been a great place for me and I would like to give back. And the best way I would like to give is to create an opportunity where we can set aside our differences and a non-adversarial approach can become the basis for our engagement. And the Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy needs your support."