There is an African saying that I live by- “It takes a village to raise a child”. Abel has been privileged to be part of his autistic nephew’s life and this connection made it easy to say yes to serving at ADAT Foundation. Over the years, the struggles to find the right schools, the right therapists and services and the expense of both made it easy for him to resonate with ADAT Foundation’s vision.
As a Marketer by profession, he has not encountered disability in the workplace and this presents a deficit of opportunities availed to those with disabilities as well as a lack of education opportunities so they can take advantage of available opportunities. At ADAT his role in the Board is to ensure the gap is closed by making it easier for autistic children to be included in primary schools and in communities they come from.
Regina Fallah- Hausman, is a Special Education teacher based in New York, United States. The need to become a teacher came about when she had her first daughter, whom the physicians claimed presented with subtle signs of Down syndrome. She recalled feeling scared and panicked. As a social worker, her responsibilities were to provide services to families with disabled children. Nonetheless, she felt helpless when she and her husband were faced with these possibilities of raising a child with disabilities. In the height of their situation, she vowed and was determined to teach her child a strong foundation of the essentials that will allow her to be her best. Soon, she made her decision that she was going to study to become a special education teacher. She earned a master degree in education for grades five through nine (5-9) and later on earned licensure from grades one through six (1-6).
In addition, she has had training as an Applied Behavior Technician wherein she is capable of providing educational and behavioral interventions to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This affiliation has led to the creation of Arthur’ Dream Autism Trust (ADAT) and the collaboration to establish the 1st Autism Classroom in Monrovia, Liberia
Jacqueline Mathaga—or Jaki as she prefers—serves as the team leader at ADAT Foundation. She and her team handle programs in Education with particular emphasis on bridging the gas in accessing Inclusive Education, providing Infrastructure for Autistic learners, and ensuring parents of autistic children are connected to services and each other. Jaki is passionate about transforming young lives through mentorship.
She is a VVLead Fellow- a Vital Voices global fellowship program for women leaders. She is mom to a 12-year- old boy on the autism spectrum and is a Christ follower. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Natal in South Africa and Master of Public Administration from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Jaki worked in fundraising and communication positions for various nonprofits in South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya.
Agnes Mam Fallah Kamara
A Journalist, Radio Producer/Presenter, Community Activist— added Author to her many accomplishments with the publication of And Still Peace Did Not Come, a memoir of survival during the Liberian civil war. https://www.amazon.com/Still-Peace-Did-Come-Reconciliation
She helped to record stories from survivors of the war in Liberia and see how best we can talk about the trauma they have gone through during the 14 years of war. As Executive Director and founder of Straight From The Heart www.straight-from-the-heart.org
She used the project to engage victims, witnesses and perpetrators of the Liberian conflicts, and established it as a non-governmental and not-for-profit media network that engages in nationwide advocacy program on radio, for war victims to voluntarily give accounts of their participation in the Liberian conflict. With her extensive engagements she thought it wise to also established counseling for peace building, psycho-social and trauma healing and other aspect of integration, reconciliation, and transitional and restorative justice mechanisms.
Agnes has entirely devoted reconciliation and herself to promote healing, advocacy against war crimes, abuses and atrocities committed against humanity and their Societies during and after conflicts in Liberia. Her project Straight From The Heart helped both victims and perpetrators of the Liberian crisis pick up the pieces and look with hopes for a better future.
Her engagements, interactions and mingling with the victims, witnesses and perpetrators, realizing their physical and emotional needs and catering to them, have given her the greatest epitome in gaining their confidences and reliance. This transitional mechanism is working well in a magnificent manner enhancing the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia (TRC) and other associated organizations. This venture needs to be adopted by other countries going through similar situation that Liberia was faced with.
Agnes is very active in a variety of civic and cultural organizations that deals with victims, witnesses and