Fatou Wurie is a passion-driven social activist, public speaker and storyteller. Fatou is committed to project design that employs creativity and advocacy for policy impact which is influenced by her background in strategic communications for development. She has worked for Options UK, UNMEER, UNICEF and others. Fatou is founder of The Survivor Dream Project (SDP), an AWDF 2015 African Women Writers Workshop for Social Change participant, an Imperial NEXTe Award Recipient for ‘Young Professional of the year 2015’ and Illumessence Women’s National Award Honoree 2016. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, Forbes, MamaYe Campaign, UNICEF Innovations Blog, Amnesty International Digital Blog, The Journalist and others. She holds a BA from the University of British Columbia and chronicles her return to her home country Sierra Leone HERE.


Aminata Wurie has survived her fair share of disasters, yet returning to her home country twenty-five years later, during the Ebola Outbreak has been her toughest disaster to date. Witnessing first-hand the negative consequences of Sierra Leone’s poor healthcare system, to the community resilience and courage of Ebola Survivors who choose to serve at the frontline of the Ebola Response. These experiences have inspired Aminata to facilitate change and create a space for Ebola survivors and others to rebrand themselves and develop the self-efficacy to pursue their dreams. After completing her bachelor’s’ degree at McGill University in International Development Studies and Management, she returned to Sierra Leone to fight against the deadly Ebola Virus. 


Foday is a human rights activist and graduate in the major concentrations, Business Administration, Project Management, Electoral Administration and Entrepreneurship, and Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Not surprisingly, Foday has enjoyed over ten years of national and international experience working on a range of issues including Sexual Reproductive Health, Livelihood and Employment, Social Accountability and Corruption, Water and Sanitation, Electoral Administration and Human Rights. Currently, he offers consultancy services on curriculum development and training; advocacy and outreach, conference planning and management, strategic planning; programming, proposal development and project management, at centres across the country as well as to the entrepreneurs at SDP. Among his most personal ventures, he is a co-founder of Action for Social Rights, an organization that made significant sustainable strides in addressing the most urgent problems affecting young people across the globe. His passion is in helping vulnerable children, adolescents and women within rural and urban communities drive their own social change. 


Though joining the SDP staff this year, Mariama is not new to the SDP family. A year-long devoted volunteer, Mariama now serves as Program Coordinator and Advocacy-Evidence Lead. Mariama’s passion for advocacy comes from a strong background as an activist in Montreal, Canada where she completed her BA in Political Science and International Development Studies at McGill University. Mariama has coordinated advocacy campaigns for organizations such as UNICEF McGill, Alternatives International and the Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law in Freetown, creating and expanding platforms for discussion and policy action towards implementing human rights laws for communities vulnerable to organized violence and crime. After chasing techies on teams at an IT firm for two years to research and translate Request for Proposals, Mariama is thrilled to be chasing around social workers at SDP to coordinate our programs!


Sia Kula Bayoh is a graduate of Fourah Bay College (FBC) in Social Work and a current LLB Candidate at FBC. Sia’s passion for social work stems from the need to help transform the lives of vulnerable people and is proud to be part of the first cohort of Social Work graduates at FBC. Sia has gained valuable experience on post-trauma community-building from working with organizations like IsrAid and EXCEL before graduating. Sia continues to channel her own experiences of trauma into positive social change in the work she does with SDP.


Daniel’s penchant for resolving community needs through community-based solutions, comes from being a graduate of Fourah Bay College (FBC) in Peace and Conflict Studies. Daniel lends his talent to The Defence for Children International’s Juvenile Justice Department here in Freetown, as well as to the women of the Survivor Dream Project. Recently, he’s also taken on a volunteering role at the Young Men’s Christian Association, facilitating youth empowerment workshops and psychosocial support to members of his own community. These experiences have harnessed Daniel’s dream to make an impact in the lives of Sierra Leoneans who need it most. 


Trained in M&E and Communications, Prince is passionate about using new technology to generate evidence with Research Monitoring and Evaluation Systems, as well as simplifying communications using photography, videography, typographic animations, music, and info-graphic designs. With experience serving as staff and/or consultant to Restless Development, Christian Aid, Child Fund and Humanist Watch Salone, Prince is also as a content creator and storyteller. His exhibition, “Togeda we go win” Living through the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, won the British Council’s Photographic Competition (2016). Furthermore, he established the media enterprise known as Alpric Media, and works with individuals, groups and organizations to create unique multimedia materials, build social media platforms and generate evidence for high impact interventions, using smartphone data management techniques. Coupled with a commitment to making data count, Prince has a strong sense of organizational culture and believes in teamwork in achieving the overall objectives of a rapidly growing organization. He was the Restless Development Sierra Leone Values Championship award winner in 2013 and currently heads, YouthPower, an empowerment campaign curated by Restless Development.