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.

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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. 


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.


The following individuals have volunteered their time, energy, and expertise in order to bring hope to Malian orphans and vulnerable children. 

Lisa Savitt, Board Chair, lisa@acfacorp.org
Lisa practices international law in Washington, D.C. and is the Immediate Past Chair of the American Bar Association Section of International Law (the “Section”). The Section has almost 20,000 members including lawyers from around the world. Part of Lisa's role in the Section has been to oversee communications on mutual areas of cooperation with other bar associations including rule of law issues. Lisa's husband Mike is a scientist and he has worked on a project that would provide a means to prevent malaria. Lisa and her husband Mike have traveled to East Africa and look forward to visiting Mali

Alpha Bocar Konate, Board Vice-Chair
Alpha earned a Masters in Veterinary Science in 1994 from the University of Stravropol, and an MBA concentrating in Management from the Strayer University in Washington D.C. in 2004.  His experience include working with such organizations as the Network of Sustainable Development in Africa, Corporate Council for Africa, a World Bank Project in Mali, as well as other Corporations in Mali and the U.S.  He is currently serving as the Economic Assistant at the Malian Embassy in Washington D.C.

Richard Davis
Rich Davis is a military officer serving in the DC area. He has a bachelors degree in Business Finance from Virginia Tech and a masters degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University. Rich currently serves as the Chief of Naval Operations Chair, the Eisenhower School. His interests include photography, bicycling and hiking with his family.

Hamallah Sidibe
Hamallah Sidibe is a grant management accountant for an International nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. He holds a MBA in financial management from Strayer University and has over 16 years of experience in accounting and financial management. His experience includes handling and monitoring various federal grants by giving grantees the necessary tools and trainings in obtaining and effectively managing funds. Hamallah’s interest in benevolence is rooted in humanitarian concerns and his ultimate goal is to become more involved in helping less fortunate communities around the world.

Aissata Sow Thiam
Aissata Sow Thiam has a Bachelor in Physics from the University of Bretagne and a Doctorate in Biophysics from the University of Compiègne in France. She is an Alumni of the George Washington University where she received a certificate in Information Systems and Telecommunications. She is a Certified Novell Engineer from CGI in Washington, DC. Aissata Sow Thiam taught Medical Imaging at the Faculty of Medicine in Bamako and was a Medical Physicist in the Nuclear Medicine department at the Pt G Hospital in Mali. She held various analyst and management positions at the George Washington University Health Plan, the Principal Health Care Plan now Coventry, and at Fannie Mae. She was a Partner at Performances Management Group in Senegal and Mali, and at Solutions Informatiques Durables in Mauritania. Aissata Sow Thiam was the President of the Association of Malians in Washington, DC and is an active member of Maliwatch and Mali Affinity Group. Aissata Sow Thiam is on the Board of Directors of Muso, Inc and spends a great deal of her time on communities based social activities.

Fattimata Mohamed Ali
Fattimata Mohamed Ali has a Master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Maryland, with a focus on children and families. She is currently employed by the State of Maryland as a Child Protective Services social worker at the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services. She is also a case manager at KC Community Inc., working with elderly and disabled Medicaid recipients in the Washington, DC area. In her spare time, she volunteers with YMCA Youth and Families Services, which provides mentoring to foster care youth in Montgomery County, Maryland.

M. Nickleson Battle, Jr.
Nick is a human resources manager with an international nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC and has over 16 years of human resources management experience. In addition to his work in human resources, Nick is a licensed therapist. He holds both a BS and MS degree in Psychology from Capella University, and is currently in pursuit of his doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University. Nick also volunteers with local organizations providing counseling services to underserved populations and adolescents in the juvenile justice system.