In July 2013 Women of Hope Sierra Leone registered officially as a local NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) in Sierra Leone, forming a separate entity from Women of Hope International. Women of Hope International continues to serve as a parent organization, and is still providing the funding for WOHSL, but this strategic move has opened the door to many new opportunities and possibilities in Sierra Leone. Women of Hope International is continuing to build capacity in Women of Hope Sierra Leone in order to help promote community leadership and greater independence. The Women of Hope Sierra Leone Board of Directors is comprised of the following individuals:
Rev. Alimamy Ansumana Bangura – Chairman
Rev. A.A. Bangura first got involved with Women of Hope after hearing about the organizational vision to, “restore dignity, instill purpose and facilitate transformation,” for women with disabilities. Upon seeing the work of the ministry, Rev. A.A. felt that Women of Hope was an expression of his faith. He strongly believes that the church should be working to bring about change and embracing people with disabilities in the community. Rev. A.A. has held various roles within the Emmanuel Baptist Mission and currently serves as the Chief Advisor of the Emmanuel Baptist Conference, Sierra Leone.
Solomon Van Kanei – Vice Chair
Solomon has worked in Community Health Evangelism (CHE) since 1990 and currently serves as the Country Coordinator for the West African Network of CHE. He serves as pastor of Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Freetown. Solomon brings years of experience in grass-roots development and loves to see people grasp the concepts of Christ transforming lives and communities.
Rev. Abu T.A. Kamara – Treasurer
Rev. Abu T.A. Kamara has been working for World Hope Sierra Leone on advocacy and human trafficking prevention since 2009. Rev. Abu’s role as Secretary General of the Human Rights Committee, Bombali District and his work on the Gender Act has given him exposure to the serious need for advocacy on behalf of vulnerable women in Sierra Leone. He sees his work with Women of Hope as a continuation of his desire to see women in the community access justice. Rev. Abu is currently a pastor in the Wesleyan Church in addition to his full-time position with World Hope.
Elizabeth Kathy Bangura – Secretary
Elizabeth Bangura is a teacher and pastor at Flaming Bible Church in Makeni. She is known in her community as being a prayer warrior and woman of compassion. Elizabeth joined the Women of Hope team after being moved by the staff’s love for women with disabilities. Elizabeth has been a member of Flaming Bible Church since 2000 where she is active in women’s ministry and was recently inducted as a pastor there. She currently lives with her husband and three children in Makeni.
Josephine Jalloh became aware of the plight of women with disabilities after developing a relationship with a young patient with a disability at her clinic. As a Maternal Child Health Nurse, Josephine is passionate about providing wholistic care for women with disabilities. She is a woman’s ministry leader at Peace Assemblies of God Church where she attends, in addition to being a health advocate in her community. Josephine says she looks forward to helping women live healthy lifestyles and reach their fullest potential.
Ruth Ada Kamara
As the Programme Director for for WOHSL, Ruth Ada Kamara also serves on the Board. She has worked at WOHSL since 2009. Previous to that she spent several years as a Community Awareness Officer for an anti-human trafficking program in Sierra Leone. Her own personal story and extensive experience working with women and girls with disabilities give her special insight and skill into Women of Hope’s mission.
As the director of Women of Hope International, Kim Kargbo also serves on WOHSL’s Board. Kim has lived nearly half her life in Sierra Leone, both as a child of missionaries and in various capacities as an adult. She currently lives in Memphis, TN with her husband and 3 children, and commutes to Sierra Leone throughout the year.