Adama Kalokoh, a proud descendant of Sierra Leone, West Africa has always had a passion for helping others, service and international development. As a former active duty member of the United States Air Force, she honorably served for 4 years specializing in dietetics and nutrition. Her passion for public health and education grew tremendously after her departure from the military. As a college student, she majored in health education and learned the value of health promotion and its affect on the communities. She then joined Americorps where she worked as a Volunteer Director and Coordinator for the HOPE Worldwide Mid-Atlantic non-profit organization. Her efforts successfully coordinated monthly volunteer activities to serve soup kitchens, shelters, schools, etc. Eventually, she developed a strong desire and interest in using her skills and background to help influence the less fortunate in Sierra Leone.
Adama’s parents migrated to the United States in the late 1970’s. Her parents instilled in her and siblings a deep sense of pride and appreciation for their Sierra Leone heritage. This deep appreciation led Adama to finally visit Sierra Leone in 2003, followed by three consecutive visits. Adama witnessed many of the disparities in the economy, health system and the vast amount of poverty within the country. As a result, upon her return to the states, Adama coordinated many fundraising efforts in the U.S to bring awareness and help solve some of the pressing issues in Sierra Leone. Her focus was primarily to help support the rural areas because of their huge lack of resources.
In 2010, Adama joined five other members to form an organization called Me Against Poverty, Inc.(MAP). Her role as Vice Chairman and Marketing Specialist had a huge impact on much of the group’s success. She coordinated many of the fundraising events and specialized in marketing/promotion for the group. As a MAP member, her efforts contributed to the construction of a library/resource center for the Yonibana Secondary School (YSS), the awarding of 80 Scholarships for qualifying students at YSS and the distribution of backpacks and school supplies. Her efforts at YSS made her realize how important education was in eradicating poverty within vulnerable communities.
Although as of August 2016 she no longer was with the MAP organization, Adama is eager to utilize her skills and background to have great impact in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Adama currently works in Arlington, VA for the Defense Health Agency; prior to that, she worked for the U.S Department of Energy. She did her undergraduate studies at the University of the District of Columbia majoring in Public Health.