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Meet Lamin Marong

Meet Jamilatou Saidy-Faye

Chief Fundraiser and Resource Mobilizer

Jamila is a Senior Manager Consumer Affairs-Advocacy at Gambia Public Utilities Regulatory Authority(PURA). She earns a Masters in Business Administration from Bond University, Australia. Her passion for community development is not so a career but a life choice. For Jamila, issue of sustainability is what everyone should be concern about as it initiates to alleviate poverty, improve public health, and promote gender equity, among others. This is one of the most effective methods in combating, gender-based violence, maternal mortality and forced prostitution among the most vulnerable populations - women and girls especially those in rural villages.

Jamila believes that providing education and awareness, through sustainable developments through initiatives such as the VGI, will encourage self-esteem development, combined with a strong voice to improved the livelihoods of rural women and girls, empowering them to make transformative changes at the household and community levels. Her mantra -" be an active agent not a bystander by Giving Back and Changing Lives."

Meet Awa

Meet Awa

Secretary - VGI Team (Gambia)

Awa Sillah holds an MBA in International Human Resources Management. She is currently a Senior Officer at the Gambia Revenue Authority, and a community youth leader. Alongside her professional work she volunteers her time in community service. As every community look up to its vibrant young people for sustainable socio-economic growth and development. As such, she gives back to her community by empowering girls and offering career counseling and advise to youths on how to be entrepreneurial, productive, and self-reliant. She has passion for youth empowerment, volunteering and leadership development that is the reason she bonded with The Village Girl Initiative. Awa believes that empowering women and girls is the future of any country. She's looking forward to helping VGI in changing lives and hearts.


Meet Ousman

Meet Ousman

Program Coordinator – VGI Gambia

Dr. Ousman Bah is 28 years with a Bachelor of Science Degree in both Medicine and Surgery from University of The Gambia. He intend to specialize in Urology with concentration in Obstetric fistula repairs due to recent increase in cases of women with history of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in The Gambia as a result of child birth.
Both being a native of Sanyang Village, Ousman was introduced to The Village Girl Initiative (VGI) by the founder due to the confidence she has in him, as the Program Coordinator- VGI Team Gambia to make this DREAM a reality. Ousman is one of the only three people to come from Sanyang village with a degree as a medical doctor and the first to graduate from a university in his family. Ousman has being involved in many volunteer positions both in Sanyang Village and with other charitable organizations in The Gambia. He believes that The Village Girl Initiative (VGI) is the platform that he needs TO GIVE BACK to his community and CHANGE HEARTS in eradicating FGM and more importantly bringing health care to the doorsteps of marginalized, unempowered rural women and village girls; empowering them to take control of their body, health and destiny!


Meet Aminata

Meet Aminata

Communication/Public Relation Officer -VGI (Gambia)

Aminata Sanneh is a journalist- a certified professional reporter and human right activist with 8 years of working in The Gambia. Her interactions with women and children during work has given her an insight into the daily activities of women- their plights and potentials in a third world country. She first worked as a volunteer for Muslim Hands - a charitable not for profit organisation for the needy in The Gambia. Then She went on to established a career for herself as a freelance writer. She has work as a reporter with prominent newspaper in Gambia notable among them Daily Observer, Standard Newspaper, Daily Digest and Today's Newspaper. She co-founded the Young Journalists Association of The Gambia and served as Treasurer; she is currently serving as the Secretary General for Women journalist Association of The Gambia

Having the opportunity to travel across The Gambia with different institutions advocating for the human rights and participated in many women development issues, Aminata believes that women education and advancement is the only solution for sustainable development for her country - The Gambia. Thus she advocates for social justice, education and empowerment for women and girls, the main motivator for joining team Village Girl Initiative as The Communication/Public Relations Officer in The Gambia.


Meet Lamin Marong

Meet Lamin Marong

Program Coordinator – Free Wellness Clinics

Lamin’s passion for the advancement of women and girls’ health emanates from his background and many years of practice as a nurse midwife in the Gambia.With a State Registered Nurse certificate, Higher National Diploma in Nursing (Midwifery) and of recent, a Master’s of Science in Nursing (Community health). Lamin has worked the length and breadth of The Gambia from a junior staff nurse to a senior nursing officer, from being a nursing officer in charge of a minor health and a major health center. Through his leadership skills, he had led a teams of nurses, directing, delegating supervising, monitoring and evaluation and reporting on the overall performance and functioning of the health facilities.


After ten years of service in the business of promoting health, preventing illness, alleviating suffering and saving live; six of which were spent directly in overseeing health wellness approaches saving the lives of women and children. Over the years as a seasoned certified instructor, Lamin has keenly participated in the teaching of health care professionals - Nurses, Midwives, Doctors and nursing students on the management of emergencies of pregnancy, childbirth and newborns in and outside the Gambia, an area of specific interest and priority to the Village Girl Initiative. Of recently he got promoted as a Regional Principal Nursing Officer for two Major Regions in The Gambia - Lower River and Western2 Health Regions respectively. Lamin is tasked with overseeing nursing, midwifery and clinical services in these areas. Lamin is thrilled to be part of the VGI team, and looking forward to contribute in improving the lives of women girls and children through experiences gained over course of the his work in maternal and child health.


Meet Lamin Marong

Meet Sukai Kah

Treasurer

She is a State Certified Registered Nurse Midwife, married with Kids. Currently works at Pakala Clinic, a job she loves doing for the past 7yrs. Her passion and drive for healthy Gambia, motivated her to do an outreach home based care for the elderly, who needs nursing care services within the comfort of their homes.

Sukai enjoys working with kids with diabetes, educating them on self management of the disease and providing them with social base support. Sukai has long since dedicated her life to community service and has involved with several organizations such as Al Birr Foundation responsible for Muslim Funerals, Aging With a Smile Initiative, Latrikunda Youth Development Committee, Assembly of Gambia Muslim Youth Associations. In light with her commitment to serve others and her passion about women's healthcare, Sukai joined the VGI team to help empower rural women and girls to live a healthy life.