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Please note that our overseas staff can change frequently given the different needs of different programs. This list may not fully reflect our diverse and committed staff in Sierra Leone.
Ossei Kouakou | Finance Director
Ossei was born in the Abengourou, Ivory Coast in 1955. Since 1995, Ossei has remained committed to the many programs of CAUSE Canada as our Finance Director. He is most proud of the way CAUSE Canada allows others to remain hopeful about the potential and the future of Sierra Leone.
Alhaji S. Mansaray | Finance Officer
Alhaji loves his country especially when it comes to its music and its soccer matches. He is currently taking classes in accounting and hopes to continue to grow within his position at CAUSE Canada. What makes him most proud about working for CAUSE Canada is that it has maintained a positive reputation, both within the country as well as the international community. He feels that the work that CAUSE Canada does with the amputees and disabled members of society is extremely important because it gives individuals a second chance at a better life. He believes that the small business and micro-credit programs are making a dramatic difference in the future of many vulnerable members of society.
Samuel Bangalie | Admin/Finance Manager
Mr. Bangalle has a passion for serving humanity. He strongly values the protection of human rights and bettering the existence of those less fortunate. He says that CAUSE Canada gives him the opportunity to serve God while fulfilling his passion for assisting those around him. He is proud that CAUSE Canada has Christian roots and yet accepts everyone equally. He is most excited about the CAUSE Kids programme and the care that it provides to hundreds of children. He believes that it is the children who are creating a stronger future for his country. By ensuring that this new generation is healthy will ensure the wealth of Sierra Leone in the future.
Eric Prince Jones | Office Assistant
Eric has been working for CAUSE since 1992. He started as the car washer and then moved up to become the Office Assistant, in charge of all the mail, purchases, receipts, and various office chores. When he is not playing football or watching American action movies, Eric studies hard at improving his English writing skills. He believes that the key to development in Sierra Leone depends on improving healthcare, security and electricity for all. He says he is happy to work for an organisation that understands exactly what his country needs.
Ibrahim-Brimá Same | Driver
Brima has been the official driver for CAUSE Canada since 1995. He is a proud father of three beautiful teenage girls and has lived in Freetown for most of his life. Like most other Sierra Leone men, he loves soccer, movies and is proud of where he comes from. Brima dreams of any opportunity that would allow him to see more of the world.
Jeremiah Wurie | Driver
Before working with CAUSE Canada, Jeramiah worked with an organization called "Mercy Ships," with whom he worked as a driver. Jeramiah enjoyed an incredibly rewarding job as he spent his time driving to remote communities of Sierra Leone in search of women in need of medical attention. Jeramiah worked in parternship with local leaders, traditional birth attendants, and nurses to locate those women with obstetric fistulas who were most in need. Jeramiah explains that the dancing and celebrations of the women were one of his favourite parts of the job. "I would beat drums and they would dance and tell Papa God tanki for becoming whole again." Although the work was meaningful, in 2010 Jeramiah sought out more permanent employment and is very pleased to have been working with CAUSE Canada as a driver since then.
According to Jeramiah, his favourite part of working with CAUSE Canada is getting a chance to meet so many different international people. When working with CAUSE Canada he can find time for his family, which is important as he is a single father of 2 children: a little boy who is 9 and his daughter who is 12 years old. Jeramiah says he is "single, free, and hopeful."
James Koroma | Day Guard
James was born in the Bombali District in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone in 1958. Not long after he started working with CAUSE Canada as a day guard in 1990, the country broke out into a horrific war lasting over a decade. During this time, James continually put his own life at risk in order to help keep others safe. After living through such a chaotic time, James now takes pleasure in cooking delicious African meals, going to church and playing board games late into the night with his beautiful wife. More than anything in this world, James wishes he could one day become a pastor.
Theresa Benjamin | Programme Manager-South
Theresa is a warm and enthusiastic Sierra Leonean nurse and midwife who has worked with CAUSE Canada for over 15 years in Sierra Leone, West Africa. She is a mother and grandmother whose passion and expertise lies in maternal and child health. In her career, she has delivered well over 100 babies and facilitated large-scale immunization programs that have protected hundreds of thousands of children from disease. Theresa has also been active in training countless numbers of Traditional Birth Attendants in proper methodology and care for mothers and newborns. She has also travelled Canada as an inspiring and articulare speaker on behalf of women's health and empowerment in her home nation.
Mohamed Juana | Project Officer, Health
In 2005, Mr. Juana began working for CAUSE Canada as the Project Officer: Health. His duties include preparing monthly, quarterly and yearly reports, writing health project proposals, assisting program coordinators in facilitating and coordinating training, and mentoring program staff. Mohamed received his National Diploma in Environmental Health Technology from Njala University, and is currently working towards his Masters in Health Care Administration. He continually strives to blend field experience with theoretical knowledge, and will often provide a model for staff by completing some in-field work himself. In the future, he hopes to use his experience and education to become a tutor in a Public Health University.
Mohamed Jalloh | Project Officer, Health
Mohamed was born in the Southern province in a place called Bonthe Island. He first moved to Freetown in 1991 but did not begin working with CAUSE Canada until 2003, when he started his position as Project Officer. In his free time, Mohamed enjoys watching soccer matches, reading fiction novels and listening to his favourite artist, Celine Dion. Mohamed is sincerely passionate about humanitarian work and says if given the opportunity, he would love to go back to school for Development Studies, forcing mainly on micro-credit and micro-finance. He is proud to work for an organisation that provides everyone, no matter who you are, with an equal opportunity. He feels that CAUSE Canada helps to instil self-respect and motivation in all those they come into contact with.
Northern Sierra Leone | Kabala, Koinadugu District
Augustine Zoker | Program Manager-North
Holding a Higher Teacher's Certificate and BSc in Economics, Mr. Zoker loves working with grassroot community development projects, which makes him a perfect fit for his position at CAUSE Canada. As Program Manager-North, Mr. Zoker ensures correct implementation of development projects, works with the Country Director to write proposals for future projects, ensures the proper use of resources and project items, and acts as a liason between CAUSE Canada and other NGO partners, government authorities, and communities in Northern Sierra Leone. Mr. Zoker's dream? Having been a teacher for eleven years, he envisions supporting projects which facilitate the growth of ideal schools—where children are cared for, and all of the needed facilities and resources are provided. He enjoys working for CAUSE Canada because it's a small NGO: big enough to make a very significant impact, but small enough that staff members know and care for each other.
Joseph Bangura | Program Engineer
Joseph Bangura is the CAUSE Canada Program Engineer. He earned a BSc (Hons.) in Applied Geophysics at The Stary Oskol Geological Prospecting College in the former USSR and an MSc in Groundwater and Foundation Engineering at the University of Tübingen in West Germany. He has since led engineering programs for Plan Sierra Leone, Child Fund, Catholic Mission, Community Action for Progress, UNICEF, the World Bank, and the Government of Sierra Leone, in addition to founding GEOWATER Company – for constructing water and sanitation infrastructure – and WEBCO Construction Enterprise – for other construction projects. Mr. Bangura has been CAUSE Canada’s Sierra Leone Program Engineer since 2004.
Margaret Conteh | Project Supervisor, WIEP
Margaret was happily welcomed into the CAUSE Canada family in March of 2009 as the Literacy and Leadership Supervisor for the WIEP. As supervisor, she ensures proper implementation of the entire project by monitoring the WIEP team to effectively conduct the literacy and leadership classes, efficiently managing the project funds and accurately reporting on the activities carried out. Margaret brings plenty of experience to this position from her previous work as the Income Generating Supervisor for another NGO. She has received her Certificate in Project Management and has taken courses on Business Studies and computer programs.
Margaret is interested in Community Development and is especially focused on the empowerment of women through enhancing and improving their livelihood. She hopes to see herself and the entire CAUSE Canada team achieve the overall objective of implementing the WIEP and alleviating the suffering of women.
Samuel Mansaray | Literacy and Leadership Promoter, WIEP
Samuel joined the CAUSE team in January of 2009 after graduating from Njala University College with his Bachelor of Arts in Education degree with a major in literature and minor in linguistics. As a literacy and leadership promoter, his responsibilities are many! He enthusiastically conducts four classes a week on literacy, numeracy and other integral themes as well as one leadership class per week and oversees the participant savings collection within these classes.
During his free time, Samuel enjoys hanging out with friends and relatives as well as watching movies and international football games. Samuel’s passion for education and furthering his country is evident in his actions. His dream is to become the Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s affairs in Sierra Leone.
Aminata Dusuba Fofanah | Literacy Promoter, WIEP
Aminata has taught for seven years; she received her Teacher's Certificate from the Makeni Teacher's College in 2006. She joined the CAUSE team in February 2008. As a Literacy Promoter, Aminata offers support and recommendations to community based literacy facilitators, creates monthly Krio bulletins to serve as learning materials, continues to improve the literacy curriculum, and teaches leadership classes.
Aminata is passionate about literacy—in the past, she volunteered to teach basic literacy to a small group of adults who hadn't gone to school. She enjoys working for CAUSE because of its mandate to develop the poorest districts and empower individuals.
Joshua K. Samura | Literacy Promoter, WIEP
Pastor Joshua came to CAUSE Canada in 2009. He has his Teacher’s Certificate and he has also recently completed a diploma in Project Management and Design. He is now working on a B.A. in Community Development Studies. In addition to his training, he comes to CAUSE Canada equipped with a passion for education as a means of alleviating poverty.
Joshua’s role at CAUSE is to promote literacy among marginalized women. In order to accomplish this, he teaches women’s literacy and leadership classes every week in rural communities of the Koinadugu district. For many of his students, it is their first experience with formal education. Along with the other literacy promoters, Joshua helps to improve the quality of life of these women through education and the savings match program.
Joshua chooses to work with CAUSE Canada because he wants to be involved in alleviating poverty among marginalized groups in his county. As a pastor and literacy promoter, Joshua is working towards a career of teaching, counseling and preaching to liberate people from ignorance, poverty and spiritual bondage. He is also planning to continue with his own education so that one day he can be a professor.
Daniel Daduwa Fatorma | Literacy Promoter, WIEP
Daniel Daduwa Fatorma first worked with CAUSE Canada as an intern with SWET in 2009 and he later joined WIEP in July 2010 to work as a substitute loan promoter for when other promoters were on leave. Grateful for his experience with CAUSE Canada, when the opportunity arose he became a full-time literacy promoter in January 2011. Daniel is responsible for teaching literacy and numeracy women from remote villages in Koinadugu, as well as facilitating leadership classes. He also keeps record of attendance and savings collections for the women.
As a dedicated Christian, Daniel believes that he should help marginalized poor people and he likes CAUSE Canada because that is exactly what they do. He also enjoys the activities in the field and interacting with the beneficiaries of WIEP. Prior to working with CAUSE, Daniel was working as a salesman and advancing his education. He holds a National Technical Certificate in Business Studies and a National Diploma in Business Administration, both from Eastern Polytechnic, Kenema. In the future he would like to further his education in Business Administration up to a Master’s level and he would like to work as a successful businessman.
Momodu Bangura | CAUSE Kids Coordinator
Momodu received a three year Higher Teacher's Certificate (Secondary) from the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology in Community Development Studies with a major in Agriculture. In 2004, Mr. Bangura began work with the UNICEF community schools project; and he is currently working as the CAUSE Kids Coordinator. In this role, Mr. Bangura acts as a liason officer between the Canadian and Sierra Leonean offices, implements and monitors school feeding programs, uniform distribution and agricultural support, and makes regular visits to three sponsored schools in and around Kabala to update sponsor information.
His ultimate dream? Momodu wants to run a project that brings self-sufficiency in food production through the formation of cooperatives that will provide seed banks and training in appropriate agricultural technologies.
Mariama Jalloh | CAUSE Kids Administrator/Monitoring Assistant
Mariama joined the CAUSE Canada team in 2009. She holds a diploma in Accounting and Finance, which has prepared her for her various administrative duties with CAUSE Kids. Mariama also spends lots of time working with students in the field. One of the reasons that she joined the CAUSE Kids team was that she had always wanted to work with children.
At CAUSE Kids, Mariama’s role is to help with all the administrative and financial activities for the program. In addition, she monitors the CAUSE Kids partner schools and helps to coordinate between the sponsored children and their Canadian sponsors. Along with the rest of the CAUSE team, she also monitors student health and ensures that those who need medical care receive it.
One of Mariama’s career goals is to continue with her education, taking courses that will build her capacity and help her to do her job more effectively. In the future she would like to continue working with and helping underprivileged children in Sierra Leone.
Rugiatu Tarawalie | CAUSE Kids Monitoring Coordinator
Rugiatu joined the CAUSE family in February of 2009 as the Health and Monitoring Assistant. Her duties include monitoring and development of health policies and system for the CAUSE Kids program, distribution of teaching and learning materials and uniforms, inventory of materials issued to schools and regular updating of school statistics. She is currently in college taking a distance learning course for a Business Administration diploma out of Makeni.
Alpha Igielu Shaw, or “Shaw,” became involved with CAUSE Canada in February 2009 as a CAUSE Kids intern, where he conducted human rights and children’s government teachings in schools. He was then recruited by the UNICEF component in November 2009. As a field monitor, Shaw mobilizes communities and conducts sensitizations on UNICEF’s activities including the Mother’s Clubs, Children’s Governments and School Management Committees. In each community for which he is responsible he supervises action plans, provides project criteria, supplies resources and provides weekly reports and updates.
Shaw’s internship with CAUSE Kids motivated him to work with CAUSE because he felt that it was a family with no barriers between staff. Working with CAUSE and UNICEF has allowed him to learn a lot and see the added value of the work in his life. As a native of Kabala, Shaw is familiar with the local tradition and atmosphere and he enjoys working here to benefit the local people.
Prior to working with CAUSE Canada, Shaw worked with the National Election Commission (NEC) as an assistant registrar in 2002 and as a registrar in 2004. He also served as a volunteer with Community Animation Development Organization (CADO) in 2006 to teach proper hygiene and sanitation in schools. Shaw holds a Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies from Milton Migrai College of Education and Technology, Goderich Campus and in the future he would like to further his studies, potentially in law.
Santigie Sorie Conteh | UNICEF Field Monitor
Santigie Sorie Conteh or “Santos” began volunteering with UNICEF in January 2011 and was hired on full-time in April 2011. As a field monitor with UNICEF, his job is to go to the field and conduct training and monitoring of the activities of the Mother’s Clubs, School Management Committees and Children’s Governments in the communities for which he is responsible.
Santos enjoys working for CAUSE Canada because it helps poor people and targets the most vulnerable communities. He first joined CAUSE Canada as a volunteer because he wanted to help the people in his community and thought he would gain a lot of knowledge and experience doing so. Since he is from Koinadugu, Santos wants to remain working in the district so that he can ensure people are advancing with the help of CAUSE Canada. He says that he can see the benefit in the communities he is working in and he believes there are a lot of success stories from the intervention of UNICEF’s project.
Santos holds a Diploma in Community Development Studies, specializing in health, from Northern Polytechnic. Prior to working with CAUSE Canada and UNICEF he worked as a health sciences teacher at Loma Secondary School. In the future, Santos would like to continue to work for CAUSE because he wants to see the quality of education improve in Koinadugu District.
Chernor A. Jalloh | UNICEF Field Monitor
Mr. Dincharley joined the CAUSE Canada team in 2008 to pioneer the establishment of CAUSE Canada’s first Microfinance institution, SWET. Now he wants to continue championing the development of SWET so it will grow and benefit our children’s children. Mr. Dincharley brings with him a diploma in Management and Accounting as well as ten years experience practicing micro-finance and community economic development. He has also obtained a certificate in Microfinance and Community Economic Development from Njala University College Sponsored by MITAG and NaCSA.
As the Operations Manager, Mr. Dincharley provides direction for the overall management and development of SWET. He is responsible for managing the day to day operation of SWET. Because SWET is a financial institution and runs similar a business, Mr. Dincharley also ensures that there is proper financial planning, internal controls and monitoring. Finally, he acts as the most senior representative of SWET to CAUSE Canada and the community.
Mr. Dincharley has set many educational goals to equip himself for a career in micro-finance. He would like to have increased his level of education in management and accounting. At the same time, he would like to see his marks improve from 75% to 98% in micro-finance and community development. From a professional point of view, he would like to attend International Microfinance conferences on a variety of subjects to prepare himself for the position of CEO in SWET. Eventually, he would like to get a B.A. in Micro-finance and Community Economic Development that will equip him to continue serving his people in Sierra Leone and beyond.
Kenneth Pambu | SWET Accountant
Kenneth came to CAUSE Canada well equipped with a BSc in Applied Accounting, a BSc in Mathematics and a minor in economics. Before joining the CAUSE Canada team, Kenneth gained valuable experience working with the Pro Credit Bank as a Loan Officer. In the past he has also has worked as a mathematics teacher at Sierra Leone Grammar School. Currently, he is working to complete an MBA in Finance with a minor in Tax from the School of Social Sciences at Njala University.
At SWET, Kenneth is responsible for keeping proper records of SWET’s accounts, reconciling account information with the bank and submitting financial reports. He also takes on other responsibilities, such as supervising loan promoters in the field, when the need arises. Kenneth chooses to do this work because he appreciates that CAUSE Canada is working for the poorest of the poor in very remote and marginalized communities, something he has been taught to do since he was a child.
In the future, Kenneth would like to gain experience working with all of CAUSE Canada’s other programs in Sierra Leone. Ideally, after becoming acquainted with these programs, he would like to study Actuarial Sciences and return to SWET to undertake the insurance program that they are now introducing.
Robin A. Thomas | SWET MIS Officer
Robin A. Thomas began working with CAUSE Canada in July 2011. As MIS Officer, he is responsible for managing SWET’s data system. He inputs all data on disbursements and collections in the Loan Performer system and creates reports using this data. He also helps the loan promoters with their operations in the field by providing them with repayment schedules and assisting them with disbursements.
Robin came to SWET with 6 years of experience as a loan officer with Finance Salone, as well as 2 years with the American Refugee Committee (ARC) in the same capacity. He also has 6 years of experience working in the field of nutrition with MSF, ACF, GTZ and Children’s Aid in both Sierra Leone and Guinea. Additionally, Robin holds a Diploma in French from the IFOPACK Institute in Conakry and a Certificate in Microfinance from Njala University.
Robin joined CAUSE Canada because he felt that he had experience in similar work that he could use to help CAUSE empower women. Since he began working with CAUSE Robin has found the atmosphere to be very friendly and supportive, which makes him feel at home. Robin enjoys learning through his work with CAUSE Canada and helping to achieve the goals and objectives of SWET.
Peter Bakie Ajibu | SWET Regional Supervisor, Kamakwie
Ajibu came on board with CAUSE Canada in 2008. He came with a very strong and diverse educational background. He holds a Certificate in Small Business Management from the University of Sierra Leone. He also has two diplomas; one in Development Studies from Stratford College of Management in London and the other in Agriculture General, which he received at the Makeni Baptist Vocational Institute. In addition to his education, Ajibu has 3 years valuable experience working as an Income Generating Activities Officer with Action Contre la Faim.
As a regional supervisor for SWET in Kamakwie, Ajibu is involved in every part of the microfinance process. First, he identifies new communities for possible SWET expansion and offers training to potential and current clients. Once new clients have come on board, Ajibu prepares loan documents for disbursement. After new clients have received their loans, he monitors their businesses and collects regular loan payments from them.
Ajibu chooses to work with CAUSE Canada because it is a Christian, humanitarian organization that is geared towards improving the living standard and self esteem of the people in Koindadugu. Ajibu appreciates these aims and wants to continue to work towards them. In the future he would like to get involved with writing up development and academic projects for the communities that are hardest to reach.
Tamba Koroma | SWET Regional Supervisor, Kabala
Tamba Koroma (or T.K.) joined the CAUSE Canada team in 2010. T.K. brings with him two diplomas from Cambridge University; one in Business Administration & Management and the other in Sales & Marketing Administration. He also has a certificate in micro-finance and a certificate in Computer Software, which he received here in Sierra Leone. T.K. has 8 years experience working as a loan officer for a variety of organizations, including Finance Salone Ltd, where he was a senior officer. More recently, he gained valuable experience working as an administrative manager with Democracy Sierra Leone Ltd.
As Regional Supervisor, T.K.’s role at CAUSE Canada is to supervise and monitor loan promoters in all of their field activities, including disbursements, collections, trainings and applications. Equipped with his own extensive experience as a loan promoter, T.K. offers valuable advice and instruction in client services, arrears collections and general practices.
One of the reasons that T.K. decided to join the CAUSE Canada team was that he sees CAUSE as a reputable organization within Sierra Leone. T.K. sees a future for himself in microcredit and in the future he would like to find himself working as a micro-finance consultant.
Mary Sesay | SWET Loan Promoter
Mary joined the CAUSE Canada team in early 2009. Mary is well trained in Accounting and Finance. She holds both a certificate and a diploma in this field from the Northern Polytechnic campus in Makeni and she is still hoping to further her studies.
Mary decided to work for CAUSE because she has found the organization to be reliable. Her responsibilities as a loan promoter include disbursing loans and performing weekly or bi-weekly loan collections. Like all loan promoters, Mary works closely with her clients, empowering them to invest their loans wisely and build up their businesses. She also works in the office, preparing documents for subsequent disbursements and updating all of her current client files.
In the future, Mary wants to continue with her education and further build her capacity in the field of accounting and finance. As she builds on her education and experience, she will lay a very strong foundation for her career.
Alimamy Kamara | SWET Loan Promoter
Alimamy has been working with CAUSE Canada since 2010. He is a Certified Accounting Technician with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), having received his credentials from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sierra Leone (ICASL).
Alimamy chose to join CAUSE Canada because it is a humanitarian Non-Governmental Organization working to empower women and improve their quality of life. Alimamy shares the CAUSE Canada vision and is a promising new member of our team. His role with SWET is primarily in the field, monitoring the activities of micro loan clients. Alimamy ensures that the clients’ money is being invested wisely and that women know how to budget in a way that will facilitate loan repayment. While he is in the field every week, he discusses the importance of micro finance with his clients, updates them on SWET activities and collects loan payments from them.
Alimamy’s career goal is to become a Chartered Certified Accountant and, not wishing to abandon the humanitarian sector, he hopes to be a philanthropist.
Mohamed Mansaray | SWET Loan Promoter
Mohamed has been a faithful worker for CAUSE Canada since June 2004. He has his Level III Adult Literacy qualifications and many years of on-the-job experience with CAUSE Canada. He began as a day guard and has worked his way through a series of promotions to his current position.
As a SWET loan promoter, Mohamed is responsible for disbursing loans and collecting repayments from clients and conducting business training classes for women. Mohamed’s hard work is helping to empower women in remote villages in Koinadugu. We are fortunate to have such a helpful, accommodating member of our team.
One of the reasons that Mohamed chooses to work for CAUSE Canada is that they are committed to building the capacity of their staff. In the future Mohamed aims to develop himself through education. He also hopes to continue to engage in development programs that will assist his community.
Usman Adams Sesay | SWET Loan Promoter
Usman Adams Sesay began working as an intern with SWET in April 2011. Once his internship ended, he continued as a volunteer until he gained full employment in October 2011. As a loan promoter, Usman is responsible for collecting loan repayments from clients and depositing them at the bank, conducting disbursements, doing field visits and training new SWET clients.
Usman decided to work with SWET because he felt motivated by its vision and mission statement. He enjoys learning about microfinance and he feels that he is gaining good experience at SWET. Additionally, as a native of Kabala, Usman enjoys working in Koinadugu as he feels that it is his duty to serve his community. Before working with SWET, Usman was completing a Diploma in Business Administration at Northern Polytechnic, Makeni Campus. He also worked as a landscaper for the new U.S. Embassy in Freetown. Usman is an avid football fan and when he is not working he enjoys cheering on his favourite team, Manchester United.
Ahmed Sheku Turay | SWET Loan Promoter
Ahmed Sheku Turay began working with SWET as an intern in March 2010, and because of his hard work and dedication to the job he was hired on full-time in July 2011. As a loan promoter with SWET, Ahmed is responsible for going to the field to disburse loans, collect repayments and conduct business development trainings with clients.
Ahmed wanted to devote himself as a staff CAUSE Canada because it is a helpful humanitarian organization and he wanted to contribute to CAUSE’s good work. He also believes the work he does with SWET is well matched to his educational background. Ahmed was born in Koinadugu and he is dedicated to the development of his district. He enjoys working with devoted clients to reduce poverty in the area.
Ahmed has a strong educational background including a Diploma in Computer Software, as well as a Diploma in Accounting and Finance and Higher National Diploma in Accounting and Finance. In the future Ahmed hopes to continue to upgrade his educational credentials, but above all he hopes to be a peaceful and productive citizen of Sierra Leone.
Shekuba Fofonah | Head Office Day Guard/Office Assistant
Shekuba began working with CAUSE Canada in 2009. He decided to join the CAUSE team because he hopes that the income and work experience will enable him to pursue further education. Currently, Shekuba has his West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
At the CAUSE Canada main office, Shekuba is responsible for taking care of all CAUSE assets, both in and outside the building, during the day time. His duties include providing security, running the generator during work hours, cleaning around the office and conveying messages for CAUSE Canada staff.
In the future, Shekuba hopes to return to school and study economics. When he becomes an economist, he would like to be involved in the work of stabilizing the Sierra Leonean economy. In the future he hopes to continue working with humanitarian organizations like CAUSE Canada that work for the poor in Sierra Leone, so that he can also contribute to their empowerment and development.
Mohamed Sillah | CAUSE Kids Guard/Office Assistant
Mohamed is a trained and qualified carpenter. He joined the CAUSE Canada team as an office guard in 2009. At the CAUSE Kids office, Mohamed ensures the security of all CAUSE property. He is also responsible for cleaning the office and compound and running occasional errands for CAUSE Kids staff. Mohamed has also proven willing and available to do any additional jobs that may come up. For example, he was recently involved in a project to train members of the Student Governments how to repair school furniture.
One reason that Mohamed chooses to work with CAUSE Kids is that he feels it is one of the best ways for him to help in the eradication of poverty and illiteracy in Sierra Leone. In the future, one of Mohamed’s goals is to take adult literacy classes.
Alie Kamara | SWET Security
Alie Kamara began working with SWET and CAUSE Canada in April 2011. He is responsible for taking care of the SWET property and securing it at night. He also performs other activities, such as cleaning the compound, fetching water and cutting the grass. Alie takes on other roles when needed and often helps the loan promoters do collections in the field, count money and make deposits at the bank.
Alie enjoys working at SWET and feels that he is a valued member of the team. He feels that he is gaining a lot of good experience from the work, especially from working hand-in-hand with the loan promoters. He says that since he began to work with SWET he feels that his life has changed. In the future, Alie hopes to further his education so he can continue to work at SWET and become a loan promoter.
Mohamed Sheriff "Big Daddy" Kamara | SWET Day Guard
Mohamed Kamara or “Big Daddy” began to work with SWET in April 2011, but he has been volunteering on various jobs with CAUSE Canada since 2007. As SWET Day Security, he cleans the work environment, opens and closes the office and helps the loan promoters with various activities such as collections in the field and deposits at the bank.
Big Daddy says that CAUSE Canada is a good organization and he feels it has assisted him with his education and his family life. He feels that he is learning a lot from his work at SWET and gaining valuable experience in microfinance. In the future he would like to continue working his way up at SWET until he is one day a manager. Big Daddy is dedicated to the work of SWET and CAUSE Canada.
Lahai Turay | Night Guard
Lahai Turay has been working with CAUSE Canada since 2008. During this time, he has been responsible for taking care of all CAUSE Canada assets at the main office, guarding the office throughout the night and cleaning the CAUSE Canada compound every morning.
Lahai chooses to work with CAUSE Canada because his job enables him to have success in his goals, plans and purposes for the future. He currently has is Junior Secondary School (JSS III) qualifications and in the future he hopes to continue with his studies. In addition to his own education, he also wishes to help educate his children so that they will be empowered for the future.
Ensah Massaquai | Driver
Ensah is a professional driver with many years of experience. He has been providing safe transport to CAUSE Canada staff for over six years. One of the reasons that Ensah chooses to work with CAUSE Canada is that he wants to offer his support to programs that will help his country to develop. He also works for CAUSE because it enables him to successfully support his family.
Ensah’s role at CAUSE Canada is to drive CAUSE Canada staff to any place in the country where their work takes them. On a weekly basis, he also transports CAUSE assets safely to all operational areas in Sierra Leone. Ensah’s future goals are to develop himself and his family through his hard work. Eventually, he would also like to find himself engaged in Business.
Unisa "De Game" Turay | Driver
Unisa Turay, better known as De Game, began working with CAUSE in 2011. As a driver, De Game is responsible for safely transporting CAUSE Canada staff to remote communities throughout Koinadugu District. As such, he has to navigate some of the most difficult roads to travel in Sierra Leone.
De Game thinks that CAUSE Canada is a good place and he hasn’t experience any problems working here. Prior to being hired at CAUSE Canada, he did not hold a formal job and only did private work when he was needed. Since being employed full-time with CAUSE Canada, De Game claims he has seen change in his life. De Game is a new, but strong member of the CAUSE Canada family.
Vandi Parvi | Driver
In August of 2008, Vandi started to work for CAUSE Canada Sierra Leone. He is a very capable driver and is able to take any CAUSE Canada staff anywhere in Sierra Leone that they need to go, which is quite a feat with the current road infrastructure! When not driving around Sierra Leone, Vandi enjoys watching football matches and movies. In the future, he would like to open a business.
Foday Conteh | CAUSE Canada Guesthouse Security
Foday is the do-it-all handyman and security at the guesthouse in Kabala. He has been working for CAUSE for many years and his responsibilities include night security, ensuring the compound and house are clean, fetching water for the house, taking care of the storage area and other odd jobs such as rat catcher.
Foday loves being a father to his two boys and enjoys spending any free time with his family. He also takes pleasure in watching a football game, especially when his favorite team, Manchester, is beating Newcastle!
Sarah Mansaray | CAUSE Canada Guesthouse Caretaker
Sarah has been with the CAUSE Canada team for many years. She helps to take care of the guesthouse by sweeping, doing dishes and laundry. Sarah is also the head cook at a local cookery, Just Inn, and enjoys working with food. She has four children and is a great mother to them. Sarah would love to eventually get a sewing machine and become a seamstress.