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The Team 

Founder and C.E.O. – Faith Okrafo-Smart

Board of Trustees
Chairman of the Board of Trustees - Mr Adebanjo Oluwadare
Treasurer - Mrs Anita Sowah
Youth President - Jermaine Okrafo-Smart


Faith Okrafo-Smart Profile

Faith Okrafo-Smart is a Social Policy and Sociology graduate, a writer, a Minster of the Gospel, a mother of one and has a passion to help and impact the lives of the poor and needy in Sierra Leone and abroad.  Faith is the Founder of Melqosh Mission International, a Non-profit Organisation, birthed to provide aid to the marginalised and physically challenged, their dependants and carers. Her vision is to help women with both emotional and physical ailments; and strengthen them.
 
Her passion to work with war afflicted amputees in Sierra Leone stems from the philanthropic work of her dad with disadvantaged people she witnessed during her childhood and closely experiencing the effects of the war on her family. Although she was in the United Kingdom when the war broke in Sierra Leone, her father who was a former Member of Parliament was brutally attacked severally by the rebels and almost died as a result of the inhumane assaults.  He would have died during the war but for the timely arrival of the ECOMOG soldiers, just before the torch was put to the wheel tyre hung on her father’s neck by the rebel to burn him alive.

Faith and her family did not know whether her father was dead or alive and the anxiety of not knowing his whereabouts weighed heavily on the family for months. News came from time to time from people saying he was killed and some witnesses who had seen her family’s houses ravaged and pillaged, rebels viciously beating her father and tying him to a tree to burn him alive; the general conclusion was that he was possibly dead. There was no way to get news from relatives or friends as the civilians in Sierra Leone were in hiding or had flown to neighbouring countries as refugees.
News of his survival reached Faith’s family after months of anguish, he had been whisked to a hospital in Lungi in a comatose state by some soldiers, where he was hospitalised for several months, recovering from series of recurring heart attacks and his wounds. He was kept in hiding as he was still a prime target of the rebels. He returned back to his home after the war ended but he never recovered from the assaults of the war and died in 2004, two years after the war officially ended in Sierra Leone.

Faith recounts “My father’s death was definitely untimely; he was only 63 years old when he died after series of further heart attacks and I believe he would have lived much longer, if not for the war; he never bounced back to good health. I saw my dad during my first visit to Sierra Leone after the war and he was a shadow of the father I had last seen more than a decade ago.  The ravages of war were so evident in his face and body, I knew the war had ‘killed’ my father even though he was still alive .  I may not know what a physical amputation feels like but I remember the emotional amputation I experienced the day my dad died.” “I have pledged to help victims of the war especially the amputees and their dependants and endeavour to provide as much aid as possible to help them live meaningful lives”

UK Ambassador and Patron - Pauline Long
Pauline Long is the Founder of BEFFTA AWARDS, Europe’s biggest award ceremony which celebrates and honours black and ethnic personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts. She is also one of the Black Women in Europe Power List, the founder of Mr and Mrs East Africa UK, and owns an award winning film studio, East End Studios.

UK Ambassador & Patron – Ellen Thomas (Actress) 

Brilliant, award winning internationally well respected actor Ellen Thomas began her career in the UK 20 years ago. She has had many television roles, but is perhaps best known for her recurring role of LIZ WEBBE in the award winning Channel 4 comedy drama “TEACHERS”. She was nominated for a comedy award for her role as ADOHA in the BAFTA award winning BBC2 comedy series “REV”. She also starred in the BBC3 comedy “COMING OF AGE”. Ellen then went on to make television history when she played the role of the Nigerian matriarch MRS GRACE OLUBUNMI in one of the UK's best loved multi award winning soap operas “EASTENDERS”. Ellen’s Theatre credits include starring roles in classic plays at some of the UK’s most respected theatre companies.

UK Ambassador – Patron - Amber Ekomie
Amber Ekomie is the C.E.O of Miss Central Africa & Bloom Consultancy & PR. She is a seasoned Marketing and Media professional who works with numerous corporate, governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Mr Mahmoud Sheik Kabba - Country Co-ordinator
Mr M.S. Kabba is Head of co-ordinating missions and projects. He oversees the IT Academy and Ebola Crisis Food Aid & P.P.EProgramme on the ground. He is a Peace and Conflicts graduate and holds a Masters in the same discipline.

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