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Clarisse Mefotso Fall

Executive Director  Global President

The African Hope Committee Board is comprised of professionals from a myriad of backgrounds including health, education, and legal who have between them over fifteen years of experience in community outreach and service. As concerned New York City residents, the members of AHC have compiled information and referral service networks that facilitate positive behavior modification strategies in assisting the newly arrived immigrants in staying physically, emotionally, and socially healthy.

Clarisse Mefotso Fall is originally from Cameroon, a wife, mother and dedicated professional woman in the field of public health. Graduated from Mount Saint Vincent College with a Master Degree in Public Health in the area of policies and systems. She had volunteered and interned with NY City public schools, American Diabetic Association, The Brooklyn Borough President Office and communities in New York.

She worked at the Brooklyn Perinatal Network on the maternal child health program for 5 years and then began to develop specific work plans for the formation of African Hope Committee, Inc. Since the formation of the organization in 2004 and through Ms. Fall’s hard work, she has received several proclamations in New York Including, proclamations from Mayor Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President, Manhattan Borough President, Councilmember Robert Jackson, State Senator Bill Perkins, recognition awards from the Commissionaire of women’s health in 2004 and was a recipient of the Union Square Awards in 2005.In 2012 she was a recipient of the NYPD Award.

Not only is  Mrs. Fall  The Executive Director and Founder of African Hope, she is also a BIA ( Bureau of Immigration Appeal) Accredited Representative since 2010, where she counsels, advises, and oversees the process of immigration applications and represent clients at USCIS. In 2014, under Mrs. Fall’s direction, the organization became an ECOSOC accredited branch of the United Nations.

She created a network called” 1000 African Women Network” which is now one of the major  projects of the Global Mission with the mission to bridge the gap between women, young girls and youth and bring them together to speak and engage on same platform. Mrs. Fall is a co-producer of Mr. Africa USA, working to empower African men and young boys to become leaders and to Dream Big.

In 2014, she was recruited by The Africa Global Consulting Group as a Corporate Executive Management to become a business consultant and to assist businesses and entrepreneurs. Mrs. Fall is a Member of New York Immigration Coalition, African Associations, National Action Network, Manhattan Borough President Task Force, and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and several African Associations in the US

She is an innovative and experienced public health educator and specialist with over 15 years of experience in domestics, national and international non-for profit/ NGO focusing on the improvement of quality of lives of underserved and underprivileged , minorities and poor communities with focus on women, girls, youth and children.  She has Good Interpersonal Communication  and had successfully hosted programs and forums on HIV/AIDS and brought over 3,000 community members, government officials and service providers for 6 successive years.

Has developed Public and Private Partnerships to address African Issues in New York and at a National level, Has developed specific Project geared toward improving the lives of African immigrants -  Great skills in Strategic Planning, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation, Community Mobilization and Coalition Building are her strengths as well, Highly skilled in Formative Research ; Bilingual /Fluent in French; Networking, Advocacy and Negotiation, Immigration legal advises and application processing in assisting illegal immigrants are one of the skills she possessed since 2010

Ekua Ansah-Samuel

Chairperson

Health Educator, Nothern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership

Terrylynn Smith

Terrylynn Smith is the Vice Chair Person of African Hope Committee. Ms. Smith heads the program on Clean Water and Sanitation. Through her support AHC has made broad steps to build a clean water well in the village of Mandjo.

Honorable Pierre Wafo

Mr. Wafo is a long time partner of African Hope Committe. He is the President of L'enfance Joyeuse du Cameroon, an organization that focuses on the well being of children in rural societies. He is the drive behind our education and global book projects and supports us in any ventures to better the experiance for children, especially those who are effected by the trying nature of immigration.

Cisse Ibrahima

Ibrahima Cisse is a newly appointed AHC Board Member Treasurer. He is a hard working man that does so much for his community, the African Community. He obtains his Education in Burkina Faso at the University of Ouagadougou and graduated with an Associate Degree in American Civilization and Literacy.

He worked as an Assistant Journalist IN Burkina Faso; A Peer Educator in Harlem United and had Volunteer his time with African Hope Committee as a Bookkeeper and at YMCA New York as a NY Student Assistant.

Anatole Toukam

Anatole Toukam, Global Project Director, Mr. Toukam is currently the Global Project Director for African Hope Committee, where heoversees the United Nations partnerships and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Originally from Cameroon, Anatole Toukam is a Certified Project Manager (CAPM®) and a social entrepreneur, passionate with international development, rule of law and sustainable development. He believes “change comes from within and not necessarily from outside. There is nothing a human being can’t achieve if he/her wants it badly enough”.

In August 2015, Mr. Toukam was appointed to the Board of Newark African Commission (NAC) by the Mayor of the City Newark Honorable RAS J. BARAKA, where he served as the Chairman of Foreign Relations Committee. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Toukam is the CEO of African Consulting Group International and a District Leader at Primerica Financial Services.

He graduated with a Master of Arts in Diplomacy, specialized in International Organization, Global Health and Human Security from the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, New Jersey, USA. While pursuing his Master’s degree, he also obtained a Post-BA Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Montclair State University (MSU) in New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Dschang, Cameroon, with a Master of Law and a Bachelor degree in Law and Political science.

His experience spans both internationally and domestically, including working for the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Office of Operations, Africa Division 1 supporting the Sudan and South Sudan peacekeeping missions, and the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) office at the UNHQ, New York. Prior to joining the UN system, He worked on the Immigrants’ Rights Program at American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).

As a community organizer, He is the co-founder and former president of Cameroonian Friends Association-USA, Inc., a community-based organization striving to promote the spirit of togetherness and to facilitate the social integration of Cameroonian immigrants. He is a member of Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) the Paralegal National Honor Society and the Golden Key International Honor Society.

Fatime Bah , Board Secretary

Since 1989 Ms. Cadoo has been affiliated with a number of organizations in the USA including the YMCA International Branch where she worked with the International Camp Counselor Program, first as a Camp Counselor for many years and later as a Assistant Director of ICCP. 

She also volunteers with a number of non profit organizations in NYC such as the ARC (Action for the Retired Community) which is a not-for profit, neighborhood-based multi-service agency serving the needs of the elderly in northern Manhattan. ARC was founded in 1973. 

Fatime also volunteers with the Malian Cultural Center located in Harlem.

Fatime holds a Bachelor's Degree in English and a Master's Certificate in American Literature from the famed Cheick Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal.

Mrs. Tawenby Marceline

Mrs. Tawenby Marcelune, National President of 1000 AFRICAN WOMEN NETOWRK IN CONGO, Kinshasa and PresideNT OF Fraternite Pere Maurice D'Hoore ( FPMHE) in Congo, an NGO that provides vocational training for women and girls facing hardship in Congo.

She worked with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and recently retired. She is a brain in bridging the government and NGO's to address issues facing the lives of women, girls and children around the Globe

African Hope Committee currently interviewing Board Members to expand and enhance our ability to provide health, legal, and social resouces.

Please contact AHC at info@afriquehope.org to inquire about these openings.