Kadiatou Fatima Sidibe


Kadiatou was born and raised in Bamako, Republic of Mali by a single father.  She earned a Masters in Statistics and Economics from the Moscow University of Statistics and Economics in 1994, an MBA with concentration in Non Profit Organization Management from the George Washington University in 2008, and an MS in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University in 2012.  She's served in the United States Navy as a Supply Corps Officer for the past 20 years.  She has always wanted to do something to help Malian orphans and vulnerable children, and founded A Child For All to materialize her dream.

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Zoumana Bagayoko

Director of operations, mali

Zoumana Bagayoko has been managing ACFA’s operations in Mali since the organization’s inception in 2008. His responsibilities include: the center’s daily administrative management, implementing the Board of Director’s policies and reporting back to the Board on matters that require their input, managing finances and human resources, working closely with local partner organizations and official authorities. In addition to these responsibilities, Zoumana has been employed by the “Banque Atlantique” as a Cashier, since 2008. Moreover, he performs private consultations. He previously worked as Network Administrator for several enterprises such as Djom Consulting. Zou holds a Master’s degree in Information System Management from the University of Bamako and a Professional Certificate in Banking Technology.

ACFA Mali Staff

Yacouba Togola

Yacouba is the assistant director of operations.  He is responsible for assisting the Director of Operations in the administrative management of the center, including personnel files, relations with social, tax and labor administration, following the movement of the personnel responsible for the supervision of children, supervising and coordinating the activities of the other staff of the center, and reporting regularly to the chief of the center on difficulties encountered in carrying out duties. 

Aïcha Coulibaly

Aïcha acts as the "mother" of the children and is committed to their well being.  She is responsible for co-ordinating the activities of  the cook assistants.  She is responsible for the safety, health and development of children within the organization.She reports to the national coordinator on any problems arising in the performance of her duties.

Aminata Diarra

Aminata is the Educational Assistant, and is responsible for assisting Aïcha in the management of children in all its aspects.  She reports any anomaly in the performance of her duties and any event in the management of the children.

Mariam Kampo

Mariam is the cook and provides cleaning support.  She is responsible for preparing meals for children in the best hygiene conditions, taking care of the children during meal times, sweeping the yard to ensure its continued cleanliness, and washing the dishes and surrounding areas.

US Staff and Volunteers

Teresa Jones

Administration and operations assistant

Teresa joined ACFA in 2017 and instantly fell in love with the dream of giving the children of Mali a future as bright as their smiles. A passion for development and working with children led Teresa to join forces with ACFA in an effort to create a Mali where all children are afforded the tools necessary for a successful future. 

James Lomsdale

James is an active duty military officer currently serving in Kansas City area. He earned his Bachelor's of Science in Political Science from the University of Washington and his Master's of Science in Leadership Studies from Marshall University. James joined ACFA in 2017 after completing a large grant proposal. His work with Kadiatou and the Board of Directors gave him a passion to continue his work as a grant-writer for ACFA. 

Lauren Lomsdale

Lauren is a freelance writer and current social media manager for ACFA. She holds her Bachelor's in Science in Psychology as well as her Master's of Science in Elementary Education, both from the University of Mary Washington. She became involved with ACFA while her husband, James, continued his grant work with the organization and has also developed a passion for helping the most vulnerable children of Mali.