Daughters of Africa foundation was formed in November 2016 in The Gambia and was born out of the initiative led by KORI a (London based charity), that has been developing models of youth and community work in The Gambia since 2014 through its Vessel UK Programme.
We plan to build on this work and propagate tried models in grassroots communities across Africa. This will be done through delivering accredited training for trainers and well planned skill exchanges through The Vessel UK, enabling experiential learning for young people, managers and educators and the sharing of best practice.
At the core of our philosophy we believe in building healthy partnerships and we are committed to addressing the inequalities and lack of opportunities that occur in Africa because of poverty and lack of resources. We work with communities to co-create projects and sustainable initiatives that support self-determination, good health and wellbeing, creative enterprise, food production and sustainable energy.
Pauline Bailey - Co-founder and Director
Pauline Bailey is a Visual Artist and has many years of experience in participatory arts projects, community engagement, and the development of emerging artists. She has over 30 years of experience working with diverse age groups in a range of setting from schools to prisons and Higher Education institutions. The core of Pauline’s practice has involved working both in the UK and abroad with young people and ‘vulnerable’ adults, delivering many creative projects alongside her role as a Curator, mentor and job coach for the creative industries.
Pauline was previously the Lecturer/Curriculum Manager and Assistant Director at South Birmingham College where she was also the project lead on organised overseas educational visits to The Gambia, Egypt, South Africa and Ghana. She is currently Co-Founder and Director of the Birmingham based Black Arts Forum and Handsworth Creative.
Odiri Ighamre – Co-founder and Director
Over the past 27 years Odiri Ighamre has worked both nationally and internationally as an educator in schools, prisons, museums, mental health units and organisations. Odiri trains and supervises youth workers and facilitates the growth of youth and community leadership. She has also worked widely as a storyteller and writer, performing and delivering workshops developed around traditional West African stories
A published author, she has founded and directed three companies; Women Tellers, promoting the art of Storytelling, Evwreni Productions, a training agency for African and Caribbean Artists in the UK and KORI Youth Charity that she continues to lead. Odiri also developed The Vessel UK Training Programme, a programme that has trained and supported over a hundred people in delivering successful projects across Tanazania, Kenya and The Gambia.
Famara Fatty - Programme Manager
In December 2017 Famara Fatty took up the role of Programme Manager, He leads the DOAF committee and Youth Leaders from a range of local Gambian charity organisations. He brings with him 12 years of experience working with NGO’s from Gambia and Germany.