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 /  Director

As a Visual Artist, Director, Producer, Pauline Bailey 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, and 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 mentor and job coach for the creative industries.

Previously as a Curriculum Manager and Assistant Director at South Birmingham College, Pauline organised overseas educational visits to The Gambia, Egypt, South Africa and Ghana.

Odiri Ighamre – Co-Founder / Programme Manager

Over the past 27 years Odiri Ighamre has worked in schools, prisons, libraries, mental health units and at conferences and organisations as a storyteller, facilitator and educator. She is a published author and has founded and directed three companies; ’Women Tellers’, promoting the art of Storytelling; Evwreni Productions, a training agency for African and Caribbean Artists and KORI, a community youth development charity based in North London that she led from 2002-2016. 

She is now focused on training youth workers nationally as a Senior Tutor for YMCA George Williams College. Her international works includes directing The Vessel UK which works to increase skill sharing and training in Africa especially from those of African descent in the UK. 

Famara Fatty - Project Manager

In December 2017 Famara Fatty was voted to take up the role of Project Manager at our 2017 AGM, leading a new formed committee made up of 7 founders from local Gambian charity organisations. He brings with him 12 years of experience working with NGO’s in Gambia and Germany.

Famara's addition is a great milestone for the foundation as we now feel truly held and guided by the needs and ideas of those we work with.


When the threads unite they can tie the lion