About Us

Our Story

The Jedidiah Talom Foundation (JTF) was officially founded in January 2020 and launched on September 6, 2020, the first anniversary of Jedidiah’s passing. Jedidiah Talom, who the foundation is named, was a beautiful, talented, and passionate young artist and a senior at Texas A&M University at College Station when she left us. As her friends described, she liked to make everyone around her feel loved and valued.

Just a few months before her passing, Jedidiah shared with her mom her desire to help improve the lives of underprivileged girls in Africa and empower them to have a better future. She wanted to provide menstrual pads and other toiletries while supporting education, personal, social, and economic development.

The family was planning for their first trip back to Cameroon upon her graduation. So naturally, Jedidiah was looking forward to it so she could start her project. But, unfortunately, she left us too soon. That’s why her family decided to carry on her dream through the Jedidiah Talom Foundation.

Vision and Mission

Our mission is to empower underprivileged girls and communities in Africa, to solve challenges linked to their quality of life.

We want a better future for young, African girls, with access to essential needs such as personal care products, education, healthcare, clean water, and other necessities.

Our Goals for 2024


Our Bord Of Directors

Natalie Talom


Nathalie Talom is a mother of three children, including Jedidiah Talom, who was her firstborn. She finds so much comfort in carrying Jedidiah's dreams for Africa.

Melinda Hall


Melinda has engineering and finance degrees from Texas A&M University. She is the mother of two boys and works at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Sundie Noah


Sundie Noah was a missionary in Cameroon, Central Africa, for 15 years, where she met her husband, Jean-Claude. Together, they have three children: Zoë, Hannah, and Kohen.

Lisette Tenlep Akers

Vice president

Lisette Tenlep Akers is the mother of two kids. She is a chemist with 10+ years of professional experience in Research & Development and Renewable energy.

Dawn Dershem

Advocacy Director

Dawn was a public school teacher and Reading Specialist for 31 years. She was also a Sunday School teacher for children 3 to 6. One of her greatest honors was to have Jedidiah and her siblings call her “Grandma.”

Our Partners In Uganda

Christian and Yvette Mongele are JTF partners in Uganda. Originally from Cameroon, they are missionaries in Uganda, with a mandate to save the lost and train disciples. They carry out their mission principally through interdenominational Bible Training Centers. This platform allows them to accelerate the multiplication of disciples in the kingdom of God. Furthermore, Christian and Yvette work with youth through schools and neighborhood groups to empower them to grow in their faith and thrive in society.

In addition to the Mongeles’ work together, Yvette leads a group of girls aged 11-20, addressing their specific needs. She helps build confidence and dignity in young girls through biblical-based self-development classes. She lets them know that they are valued and loved. Considering Christian and Yvette’s work with youth, the Jedidiah Talom Foundation has partnered with them so that together, we can make a difference in the lives of young girls in Uganda.