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Jerusalem Ministries is immensely grateful for the invaluable support we have received from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Their generous funding has played a pivotal role in helping us realize our vision and make a meaningful impact in our community.

Our Mission

Fatherhood heritage is not just a project; it's a passion, a commitment to bridging the gap between the past and the present. Our mission is to empower the youth of today with the knowledge of their roots, their history, and their cultural heritage. We firmly believe that understanding where one comes from is essential for shaping one's identity and fostering a sense of belonging and pride.

Our Approach

Through a variety of interactive workshops, educational programs, and cultural events, Heritage aims to engage and inspire the youth to explore their heritage. We provide them with the tools and resources they need to delve into their family histories, learn about their cultural traditions, and celebrate their unique identities.



The National Lottery Heritage Fund is the largest funder for the UK’s heritage. Using money raised by National Lottery players we support projects that connect people and communities to heritage. Our vision is for heritage to be valued, cared for and sustained for everyone, now and in the future. From historic buildings, our industrial legacy and the natural environment, to collections, traditions, stories and more. Heritage can be anything from the past that people value and want to pass on to future generations. We believe in the power of heritage to ignite the imagination, offer joy and inspiration, and to build pride in place and connection to the past.

Thanks to National Lottery players

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Our vision is for heritage to be valued, cared for and sustained for everyone, now and in the future. That’s why as the largest funder for the UK’s heritage we are dedicated to supporting projects that connect people and communities to heritage, as set out in our strategic plan, Heritage 2033. Heritage can be anything from the past that people value and want to pass on to future generations. We believe in the power of heritage to ignite the imagination, offer joy and inspiration, and to build pride in place and connection to the past. Over the next 10 years, we aim to invest £3.6billion raised for good causes by National Lottery players to make a decisive difference for people, places and communities.

The Impact of the National Lottery Heritage Fund

The support we have received from The National Lottery Heritage Fund has been instrumental in bringing our vision to life. Their funding has enabled us to expand our reach, develop innovative programs. It has allowed us to create a welcoming space where young people can explore, learn, and connect with their heritage in meaningful ways.

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Gratitude and Appreciation

We extend our deepest gratitude to The National Lottery Heritage Fund for believing in our mission and investing in our project. Their support has not only helped us achieve our goals but has also empowered us to make a lasting difference in the lives of the youth in our community. We are truly grateful for their partnership and commitment to promoting cultural heritage and education.



Our Meeting Description & What We Discuss

Our meetings focused on exploring various aspects of men's heritage in Africa, aiming to unearth valuable insights that could be passed on to the younger generation. One particularly engaging topic we delved into was circumcision. As a cultural practice deeply rooted in many African societies, circumcision holds significant significance in the lives of African men.


During our discussions, many participants shared personal experiences of being circumcised and reflected on how this aspect of their upbringing had shaped their identities and perceptions of masculinity. The exchange of stories and perspectives allowed for a deeper understanding of the cultural, social, and even psychological dimensions associated with circumcision in African communities.


Moreover, our conversations extended to comparing marriage customs between Africa and the UK. One notable difference highlighted was the cost associated with marriage ceremonies. In African cultures, marriage ceremonies often involve fewer expenses compared to elaborate weddings commonly seen in Western societies. This affordability factor was viewed positively by participants, as it promotes accessibility to marriage and reduces financial burdens on couples and their families.


Participants also shared insights into the daily routines of school-going children in both settings. In the UK, students typically commute to school either by walking or taking a school bus. However, in Africa, it's not uncommon for students to face longer commutes, sometimes walking considerable distances or taking multiple modes of transportation to reach school. Despite these challenges, African students exhibit remarkable resilience and dedication to their education.

Happy To Be A Father For The First Time

The conversation delved deeply into the emotional journey of becoming a father for the first time, acknowledging it as a transformative and joyous moment in a man's life. Fathers shared personal experiences and insights with their sons, emphasizing the profound sense of responsibility that comes with parenthood. This included discussions about providing for the child's needs, nurturing their development, and instilling important cultural values and traditions from an early age.

Moreover, fathers imparted practical advice to their sons, stressing the significance of being prepared both emotionally and financially for fatherhood. They emphasized the importance of education, encouraging their sons to pursue their studies diligently to secure a stable future for themselves and their families. Additionally, fathers underscored the importance of choosing a supportive and compatible partner, as a strong marital relationship forms the foundation of a healthy family environment.


Cultural heritage played a central role in these discussions, as fathers passed down ancestral knowledge and traditions to their sons. This included teaching the mother tongue, sharing stories of cultural significance, and introducing children to traditional foods and customs from a young age. By instilling a strong connection to their cultural roots, fathers sought to ensure that their children grew up with a sense of identity, belonging, and pride in their heritage.


Overall, the dialogue highlighted the profound impact of fatherhood on men's lives and the importance of passing down values, wisdom, and cultural heritage from one generation to the next. Through these intergenerational conversations, fathers and sons forged deeper bonds and gained a deeper appreciation for the responsibilities and joys of parenthood.


The outcome of the discussions left a profound impact on the younger generation, as they gained a deeper understanding of the importance of following the cultural norms and traditions surrounding fatherhood. Recognizing the wisdom passed down from their elders, the younger participants embraced the notion that adhering to these rules and responsibilities is essential for securing a better future for themselves and for becoming exemplary fathers to their own children.


Understanding the significance of education, financial stability, and choosing the right partner, the younger generation recognized these as foundational elements for providing a nurturing and supportive environment for their future families. They internalized the lessons about cultural preservation, realizing the importance of teaching their children the mother tongue and imparting ancestral knowledge to ensure a strong sense of identity and belonging.


Overall, the outcome of the discussions empowered the younger generation to embrace their roles as future fathers with a sense of purpose and commitment. By internalizing the lessons learned from their elders, they acknowledged the importance of upholding cultural traditions and passing down values to the next generation, thereby paving the way for a brighter and more fulfilling future for themselves and their families.

Differences In Culture From UK and Africa

Within the diverse array of African cultures, there exists a strong foundation of traditions and customs that shape the fabric of society. Central to many of these cultures is the primacy of men in marriage, where they hold pivotal roles as providers and protectors of their families. The concept of the "house of the father" epitomizes the communal living arrangements prevalent in African societies, fostering unity and support among extended family members. Children typically remain within the family home until they are ready to establish their own households, emphasizing the importance of family cohesion and intergenerational support. Additionally, the preservation of mother tongue languages is highly valued, serving as a means of maintaining cultural heritage and identity. Knowledge of one's country's geography, history, and cultural heritage is also considered essential, fostering a sense of connection and pride in one's cultural roots. These cultural practices underscore the significance of family, community, and cultural identity in shaping the lives of individuals across Africa.


The diversity within African cultures extends to various tribes and ethnic groups, each with its unique customs and traditions. Some tribes practice polygamy, allowing men to have multiple wives, reflecting cultural norms and social structures that prioritize lineage and family unity. In contrast, certain tribes enforce strict gender roles, where women are expected to be submissive and obedient, often without the freedom to speak or express their opinions openly. Dietary customs also vary, with some cultures imposing restrictions on what men and women can eat, emphasizing the importance of maintaining purity and health.


Furthermore, customs surrounding marriage and circumcision differ widely among tribes. In some cultures, circumcision is a rite of passage that must be undergone before the age of five, symbolizing maturity and entrance into manhood. Marrying within the same tribe is often a requirement in many African societies, serving to preserve cultural identity and maintain familial ties.


Respect for elders is a fundamental aspect of many African cultures, with terms like "mama" and "papa" used to address individuals as a sign of reverence and honour. This respectful culture extends to obeying and deferring to elders, as seen in tribes where individuals below the age of 30 are expected to respond affirmatively to their elders without saying "no."


Education is also highly valued across African cultures, with an emphasis on completing schooling as a means of securing a better future. This commitment to education reflects a desire for self-improvement and socioeconomic advancement within communities.


In summary, the rich tapestry of African heritage and culture encompasses a multitude of customs and practices that vary from tribe to tribe. These diverse traditions contribute to the vibrancy and resilience of African societies, shaping the lives and identities of individuals within them.


The session revealed a significant impact on the younger generation as they gained insights into the strict cultural rules their parents faced in African tribes. This led to a deeper understanding of African men heritage compared to their experiences in the UK. Young participants were shocked by the cultural norms their parents navigated, fostering empathy and awareness of the diversity of human experiences. The session facilitated intergenerational dialogue, bridging the gap between older and younger generations, and emphasizing the importance of preserving cultural traditions. Overall, it enriched participants' identities and perspectives while fostering appreciation for African cultures.

Join Us In Celebrating

As we continue on our journey, we invite you to join us in celebrating the rich tapestry of cultures that make up our society. Whether you're a supporter, a volunteer, or a participant, your involvement makes a difference. Together, let's honor our heritage, inspire the next generation, and build a brighter future for all.

If you're interested in learning more about Heritage or getting involved in our programs, please contact us. Together, we can make a difference and ensure that our cultural heritage remains alive and vibrant for generations to come.

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