Daughters of Africa (DOAF) 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. KORI Co-founded DOAF with Arts practitioner Pauline Bailey.
The work is to share and propagate tried models in grassroots communities across Africa. This is done through delivering training and well planned skill exchanges, 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 of low resources and poor exposure to new learning. We work with communities to co-create projects and sustainable initiatives that support self-determination, good health and wellbeing, creative enterprise and sustainable energy.
We have a well rounded structure of leadership and inclusive participation. DOAF is managed by an all Gambian team that ensures that projects coming into their communities are relevant, ethical and sustainable from an African lens.
We ask our partnership organisations for young people that would value the opportunity of becoming youth leaders with DOAF.
Currently, twenty young people receive on-going training and support the delivery of projects led by both international and local leaders. Hereby building their leadership skills and relevant work experience.
Over the past 30 years Odiri Ighamre has worked both nationally and internationally as an educator in schools, prisons, museums, mental health hospitals and organisations. Her background in youth and community development has led to her leading training and supervision for youth workers across the UK. She has also worked nationally and internationally facilitating the growth of youth and community leadership. She is also a storyteller and writer that has widely performed and delivered creative workshops around African history and 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 developed The Vessel UK Programme, a programme that has trained and supported hundreds of people in leading successful projects across Tanzania, Kenya, and The Gambia.
Pauline Bailey is a Visual Artist and Curator with experience in participatory arts projects, community engagement, Education and the development of emerging creatives. She has over 30 years of experience working nationally and internationally with diverse age groups in a range of setting from schools to prisons and Higher Education institutions. Previously as a Senior Lecturer/ Curriculum Manager and Assistant Director Pauline has also led on overseas educational visits. She is currently Co-Founder and Director of Birmingham based Black Arts Forum and Handsworth Creative.
Our team was formed through the process of management and leadership training for seventeen community leaders from across five communities in 2016. After this training some of the leaders elected to transition into DOAF as a committee so that they could fully take part in leading the developments. Over time they have taken up leadership roles enabling rich growth and making sure that the projects designed for our communities are relevant, ethical, and sustainable from an African lens.
Famara is an experienced programme manager who has spent the last fifteen years working for a variety of International Non- Governmental Organisations such as the German led Project Aid based in The Gambia and The Migrant Project. His work has brought him in contact with most of the local communities in both rural and urban Gambia.
He is also a qualified and experienced teacher by profession and a committed sports enthusiast that has been involved in a lot of community sporting activities, particularly football, which is his first love.
Famara participated in DOAF management and leadership project in 2016, eventually joining the organisation as the programme manager in 2017, he is instrumental to the organisation’s vision, management and development.
Alagie is a dynamic social entrepreneur, educator, and youth activist, with a great passion for unlocking the potential of young people through education and community development. In 2016, Alagie founded ‘Inspiring Young-Stars’ an organisation with a focus on strengthening literacy and community development. From 2017 he has also served as the country coordinator for the Full-Circle Learning organisation.
He joined DOAF at its formation and leads on the vision and development of the Abuko Digital Hub.
Fatoumatta began her journey in DOAF as a youth leader and intern. She spent a few years building her skills and then began her studies in public administration at the Gambian Technical Training College, supported by funds from The Demaro Initiative. She was then welcomed to the team as the project manager. She also created and leads the Gambian Girls Matter project and supports and teaches at the Mini Aya Prep -School.
Yerro joined DOAF as a youth leader in 2021. After training he began supporting project delivery and was invited to become a part of the team. He is currently studying accounting at the Management Development Institute of the Gambia supported financially by The Demaro Initiative. He also leads Mini Aya Prep School and manages the finances and systems of DOAF’s Women’s Credit Union.