About The Founder
Rev. Dr. Amy Dorothea Amara is a US –qualified Registered Nurse, a US – Certified Nutritionist and a retired Social Service Supervisor. She holds a PhD in Nutrition from Howard University.
Dr. Amara’s grandfather, Amara Bangura, was a well-known Sergeant in Sierra Leone’s wing of the Royal West Africa Frontier Force, as the country’s colonial force was called at that time. In the heat of World War 1, Sergeant Bangura was hastily posted to Nigeria to protect British colonial interest in the Cameroonian rain forest.
One of Sergeant Bangura’s sons, Thomas Molai Amara, later became our Founder’s father. Growing up as a Civil Engineer at the Federal Government’s Police Works Department, Mr. Amara relocated to Sierra Leone. For long nursing the excitement of living in Sierra Leone, Amy who was born in Jos, Nigeria was extremely elated when her father took the decision to come back with her to the ancestral home in 1974. In Sierra Leone, Mr. Amara served for several years in the Ministry of Works, being highly acclaimed for his immense generosity, for which he is still today fondly remembered in Port Loko, Kambia and in many other construction engineering circles in Freetown.
Back in Sierra Leone, Amy attended the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Vocational Secondary School in Freetown. Upon graduation, she worked at Barclays Bank , now Rokel Commercial Bank before eventually proceeding to the United State for further studies.
Today, among other accolades, Dr. Amara is fully ordained into the priesthood of Christ. Little wonder that her strong spiritual standing has remained the source of inspiration for her selflessness in parenting destitute and under-served children in Sierra Leone.
As a concept, the Children Centre dated back to 2000. For in that year, soon after the death of her father, the Founder, Rev. Dr. Amy Dorothea Amara had a vision: to set up a day-care Centre in Sierra Leone. However, for some unspecified reason, Dr. Amara chose instead to preoccupy herself with activities which were soon doomed to fail. In 2006, whilst still in the United States, she had another much stronger call which directed that she should revert much more resolutely to her initial vision. In more precise terms, she was required to embark on establishing and developing an orphanage for destitute children and orphans. This time, pledging to stick to this divine directive and with no formal expertise on the subject matter, she set about holding consultations with individuals with professed experience in the handling of destitute and underserved children.
Visiting Sierra Leone for this special purpose, Dr. Amara called on the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs in order to seek advice and acquaint herself with the necessary institutional requirements and procedures. On her return to the United States, Dr. Amara proceeded to open the project’s head office in New York and, in October 2011, duly submitted an application for certification under Section 402 of the US Non- profit Corporation Law. The process of registration in the United States has been done and the organization is prospecting for donors and funding agencies in the world, who might be interested in assisting the project. However, in Sierra Leone, the Children’s Centre has been successfully registered with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs (the supervising Ministry), Sierra Leone Association of Non-Governmental Organization (SLANGO), Freetown City Council (FCC) as well as with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.