Fanta was born in Kenema in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone. While attending Holy Rosary Senior Secondary School, she did a lot of volunteer work and led a project to help children selling on the street to return to school. In 2013 she was awarded a one-year scholarship to attend High School in the USA as an exchange student, in a cultural exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. department of State and Cultural Affairs. Due to her excellent performance she received another one year scholarship from the African Science Academy to study A Level Physics and Mathematics in Ghana. In 2015 she received a grant seed funding from the Pollination Project to implement an Ebola surveillance and response capacity within communities in Kenema. In 2017, she won the first prize for the best female innovator in an innovation competition, organized by UNDP. After which she was invited to Ivory Coast to attend the African Youth Conference to represent Sierra Leone youths. She was studying Mathematics and Computer Science for a Higher Teacher Certificate (HTC) at the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology and also simultaneously teaching Mathematics and Physics in Wamagriso Senior Secondary School before SUDU. Fanta started as a volunteer with SUDU, slowly progressing to Community Liaison and now is the Program Manager.
Abu Bakar Tarawally
Abu Bakar was born in Bojiabu Sebaru chiefdom of Kenema district. He attended Christ the King College secondary school in Bo. He is a beneficiary of Schooling for Life’s Skills for a Successful Future programme; a program that helps young people through educational support, employability training and personal guidance. He is a graduate of the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology with a diploma in Social Work. Before SUDU, he was an intern with Don Bosco Fambul working in the area of psycho-social support, conflict resolution, reunification of beneficiaries/ reintegration, ethics in social work, family tracing and case management.
Malphine is a recent graduate with a Bachelors degree in Social Work from University of Sierra Leone-Fourah Bay College. He also has a diploma certificate in A+ from the Banktec College and did a working experience with Transparency International Sierra Leone in 2019. He is also a proud alumnus of the Albert Academy Secondary School.