Our Founder - Child Soldier to Education Advocate
Living near Kamakwie, our founder Santigie Bayo Dumbuya was forced to become a child soldier during Sierra Leone’s civil war.
At the end of the war, he moved to the capital through the help of his father’s neighbour who took him to Freetown to complete his education. During his stay in Freetown, he became re-integrated into society and found a passion for helping others.
Santigie got his first Diploma in Project Development studies at the Institute of Professional Management (IPM) and a National Diploma in Business Administration and Management at the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCE&T).
After completing college, Santigie remembers sitting down to reflect on a life-changing experience from the war: in the middle of a gun battle he’d risked his life to save a 5 year-old girl who had lost her parents.
Healing the past..
With this in mind, on the 15th September 2009, Santigie decided to use his education, extensive volunteering experience, and professional network to help more small children.
He founded WYCF in an effort to join his country's people in their fight for peaceful, happy, and well-educated childhoods.