Current Projects

Saiphai Sesawng Village School

Welcome to the Just Let Me Learn Foundation

The Just Let Me Learn Foundation is an organization that enables children in economically challenged areas of the world to have access to education built on high academic standards and a world view based on human dignity and self-worth.

Dean & SandyFounded by mother/son team, Sandy and Dean Nelson, we personally select and validate projects by visiting potential locations and conducting interviews with local leaders and others connected with the projects.

First, we require that a village has shown deep commitment to education. We view our job as helping those who have already begun the hard work of helping themselves. If there has been visible and measurable progress made by the villagers and they request our assistance, we then work with them to identify the needs of the school and to assess the commitment of the entire village to care for the school after our work is finished. The projects are funded through donations. These projects are broken into two categories, Micro Projects and Major Projects.

Micro Projects

Single investments of less than $10k to serve an immediate need. These micro projects can range from uniforms, to books, to desks, and even electricity for a village like The Chandauli Tutoring Center.

Major Projects

Investments over $10k. These can include construction of a new school, student housing, or even the purchase of a school bus like the Patna School Bus Project.

Our Strategy:

Identify, select, validate, fund and execute investment projects.

The selection process includes validating that the local leaders we partner with are able to sustain the operations of the investment after our involvement is completed. We understand that our donors trust us to ensure that their money is safely applied. 97% of their donations are applied to the specific projects they choose.


Sandy NelsonSANDY NELSON, Co-Founder of Just Let Me Learn Foundation lives in the mountains of Colorado. She has three sons and eight grandchildren that she adores. She is also the owner/manager of Pinebrook Vacation Rentals. At the doorstep of Rocky Mountain National Park, Pinebrook Vacation Rentals accommodates all tastes and budgets from cozy rustic cabins hidden in the pines to luxurious mountain homes with all the amenities displaying some of the most awesome beauty that Colorado has to offer. Our rentals are secluded, peaceful mountain getaways with easy access to the park and its hundreds of miles of trails. Close by is Estes Park with its many attractions. A portion of the rental fee of each booking is given to the Just Let Me Learn Foundation.

DeanDEAN NELSON, Co-Founder of Just Let Me Learn Foundation, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family.

Dean is a geek by day. He is currently the Vice President of Global Foundation Services for, the world’s largest online marketplace. He is responsible for Strategy, Engineering and Operational functions of eBay's Mission Critical Data Centers, Networking and Security Infrastructure Services and Global Supply Chain. Dean is also a core member of the eBay Green Team.  Dean has been in the high-tech industry for 23 years in technical roles ranging from Manufacturing, Engineering, Quality, IT, Real Estate and Mission Critical Operations. Dean spent 17 years at Sun Microsystems where his final position was Sr. Director of Global Lab & Datacenter Design Services responsible for managing Sun’s multi-billion dollar global technical infrastructure portfolio.

Dean is currently the Chair of The Green Grid End User Advisory CouncilTechnical Advisory Board for Mission Critical Magazine, and Chairman and Co-Founder of Data Center Pulse - an exclusive datacenter owner community with over 2,600 members in 68 countries. Dean is the author of the Sun Microsystems Blueprint series, Energy Efficient Datacenters, featured as a Sun Contrarian Mind, and was identified by as one of the top five people who changed the data center. Dean was also the recipient of Sun’s prestigious Innovation Award. Dean is also an avid blogger through his DCP Geekism blog & eBay Green Team Talks blog. In his personal time Dean gives back by driving access to education for impoverished children through the Mother and Son team, Just Let Me Learn Foundation.

Joanna StenslandJOANNA STENSLAND lived for many years in the Balkans working in aid and development. She now resides with her family in Estes Park, Colorado where she writes, teaches foreign language and volunteers in the local community, including several hours a week at the elementary school. Her husband is a landscape photographer and has his own gallery. You can view his images at Morning Light Photography.


Dr. Gerald NelsonDR. GERALD NELSON is ordained with the Evangelical Free Church of America, retiring from Southern Gables EFC, Denver, Colorado in 2009 after serving as the senior pastor for 31 years. In addition to his doctorate of ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, he holds degrees from Denver Seminary, Moody Bible Institute, and the University of Minnesota, as well as an honorary doctorate from Trinity College and Seminary, India. He taught theology courses with the Evangelical Free Church of India for over 10 years. He currently serves as a Fellow of the Centennial Institute of Colorado Christian University and as Vice-chairman of the board of Front Range Christian School of Littleton, Colorado. The parents of four children, the Nelsons reside in Colorado. More information available at



The undersigned person is acting as incorporator of a corporation under the Colorado Non-Profit Corporation Act, signs, and acknowledges the following Articles of Incorporation for such corporation.

FIRST:         The name of the corporation is The Just Let Me Learn Foundation.

SECOND:      The period of duration is perpetual.

THIRD:         The purpose or purposes for which the corporation is organized is to be an organization that enables children in economically challenged areas of the world to have access to education. The organizations exempt purposes are for charitable purposes as set forth above.

FOURTH:       Said corporation is organized exclusively for charitable purposes, including, for such purposes, the making or distribution to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 50l(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).

FIFTH:          No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its members, directors, officers, or other private persons, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Articles Third and Fourth hereof.  No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign or on behalf of any candidate for public office.  Notwithstanding any other provision of these Articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from Federal income tax under Section 50l(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under Section l70 (c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Revenue Law).

SIXTH:         Upon the dissolution of the corporation the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provision for payment of all liabilities of the corporation, dispose of all of the assets of the corporation exclusively for the purposes of the corporation in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under Section 50l(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provisions of any future United State Revenue Law), as the Board of Directors shall determine. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the District Court of the County in which the principal office of the corporation is located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes. 

SEVENTH:     The address of the initial registered office of the corporation in Colorado is PO Box 193, Allenspark, Colorado, and the name of its initial registered agent at such address is Sandy Nelson.



The Just Let Me Learn Foundation achieved Non Profit Status 10/6/12. For more information contact the Foundation at