HI benefits from a de-centralized and efficient staff, based in The Gambia and the UK and co-management with its "sister Foundation" (the Fresh Start Foundation). The staff are mostly part-time employees and volunteers who are supported by a network of advisors, consultants and assistants in The Gambia, Mauritania, Sierra Leone, Sudan, the UK and the USA. Together they help in the successful implementation and monitoring of our projects. This team is headed by the Executive Director (Lamin Daffeh), who answers directly to the Chairman.

They are:

Rebecca Mills

Rebecca Mills is Executive Assistant of HI and Managing Trustee and co-founder of the Fresh Start Foundation. She has a BA (Hons) in Sociology with Psychology, and an MA in Education (Pass with Merit) from the University of Worcester. She has also a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education, Post Graduate Certificate in Special and Inclusive Education (Pass with distinction) from the same University and a Certificate in Advocacy from the Open College Network. Rebecca has 10 years teaching experience, including the teaching of those with specific learning difficulties.

Molifa Sanneh

Molifa Sanneh is Financial Controller of HI and presently serves as a Manager of The Gambia National Insurance Company (GNIC), with responsibility for overseeing GNIC's branches in Kanifing Municipality. He has three diplomas: Diploma in Insurance at the West African Insurance Institute (Banjul); Diploma in Modern Management & Administration from Cambridge Tutorial College and a Diploma in Insurance Marketing and Management from St. Stephens Institute of Technology. He has 23 years' experience working in the insurance industry.

Lamin Sanyang

Lamin Sanyang is Project Supervisor of HI and Managing Director of the Fresh Start Foundation (The Gambia). He has a Diploma in Management Studies from the Management Development Institute (The Gambia) and a Diploma in Rural Community Development from the Gambia Technical Training Institute. He served as Community Development Assistant for 10 years at the Department of Community Development, responsible of coordinating and facilitating the development activities of communities through participatory development processes.

Ambassador Momodou Badjie

Ambassador Momodou Badjie is HI's Principal Adviser on Government and Community Relations. He heads the Gambian Embassy to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. He began his career as at The Gambia Civil Aviation Department as Aeronautical Electronic Cadet, before joining the Gambian army, where he rose to Deputy Chief of Defence Staff. He also served as Divisional Commissioner/Governor of the Lower and Upper River Regions of The Gambia. When in the army, he led the Gambian Officer contingent in a United Nations Peacekeeping force in Sierra Leone (UNASIL). Ambassador Badjie successfully completed Military College (both junior and senior divisions) at the Nigerian Command and Staff College in Kaduna and a number of short courses in the USA, France and Taiwan.


Dr Babanding Daaffeh is HI's medical consultant and adviser. Dr Daffeh studied at the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, Moscow, formally called Patrice Lumumba University from 2001 to 2009, where obtained a doctor of medicine (MD) degree. From 2009 to the present he works at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) in Banjul, as a resident medical officer at the department of surgery. He also works on part-time basis at Bafrow Medical Clinic in Serrekunda as a clinician from 2011 to the present. Since 2011 Dr Daffeh has also ran the weekly village clinics of HI in Sintet, serving 80-100 patients a week from The Gambia and Senegal.