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Aboubakar Amadou.is a Case Planner for Children and Family Services Program at Sauti Yetu.
Mr. Amadou holds an M.A. in Sociology with a focus on Community Development and an A.S in Anthropology from the University of Kara in Togo.
Prior to settling in NYC, Mr. Amadou was a campaign organizer, counselor and project coordinator for African Youth Action and Youth Development Program in Togo, West Africa.
He is the author of “Analysis of the community development projects failure causes: case of familial and school latrines building project in Birini (Tchaoudjo-Togo)” and “Nonprofit Organizations’ Contribution of communities-based development: case of Nonprofit Plan Togo in Tchaoudjo and Tchamba(Togo)”.
Mr. Amadou speaks English, French, Hausa, Ewe, Mina, Tem (Kotokoli) and Kabye.
Nafeesatou Massaqoui, LMSW, Program Supervisor & Site Director Children and Family Services, Staten Island
Neneh Binta Barry, Graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Peace Studies.
She was born and raised in Sierra Leone. In 2000, she was among the first refugees to receive training through the Center for Victims of Torture Refugee Mental Health Project and steadily gained skills and competence. In her fourth year with CVT she became a training supervisor for other refugee mental health specialists.
In addition to her passion for social justice and women’s rights, Ms. Barry worked for the Witnesses and Victims Unit at the UN-backed war crimes tribunal for Sierra Leone commonly known as the Special court for Sierra Leone. During her time with the tribunal, Ms. Barry provided psychosocial support for the victims of sexual violence and child soldiers. She conducted trainings for protection officers and connected witnesses to other service organizations.
Ms. Barry is from Sierra Leone and is multilingual.
Ramatu Bangura, Ph.D., is the director of Sauti Yetu's Youth Program.
She is responsible for the oversight of Sauti Yetu's youth programs, spearheading local and national advocacy around Educational Access for English Language Learners and SIFI, Early/forced marriage, Youth and Female Genital Cutting and raising funds and supervising all program staff.
Ms. Bangura brings to Sauti Yetu nearly fifteen years expertise in youth development work, adult learning and curriculum development for a wide cross-section of urban populations.
Ms Bangura has earned a Masters of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University with a focus on African education and gender. She recently completed her doctorate in International Educational Development with a focus on gender and African migration.
In addition to curriculum development Ms. Bangura has provides training and technical assistance to private and government institutions interested in immigrant youth and/or education and migration.
Ms. Eyega provides oversight, management, and leadership in developing the strategic focus of Sauti Yetu’s programs and operations. This includes direct services, public policy and advocacy, community engagement and fundraising.
She has over sixteen years experience working on issues affecting African immigrant women and girls in the United States and in Africa. Ms. Eyega has developed training and educational materials as well as facilitated numerous cross-cultural competency workshops for health care providers throughout the United States.
Her commitment to the advancement of African women and girls was recognized in 2004 by the Open Society Institute, which awarded her the Soros Community Fellowship Award and she was recognized by NYC Mayor Bloomberg during the immigrant week, a celebration of the contributions of immigrants to the City of New York.
Ms. Eyega’s current areas of work include but are not limited to issues of gender, race and ethnicity in Africa, in particular the Afro-Arab border lands.