Dr. Doudou D. Faye (D. D. or Faye), Founder/President
Dr. Faye is the founder of ABC. His goal is to give back to the community in his quest for making a difference and feeling the inner satisfaction of the volunteer spirit. Dr. Faye has an extensive experience and background in environmental stewardship, with an emphasis on rational exploitation of African natural resources to generate income leading to sustainability. Dr. Faye is an entomologist specialized in Integrated Pest management (IPM) with a focus on malaria prevention in Africa. He is also an international tenor in neem advocacy and environment awareness.
Dr. Doudou D. Faye is native of Kaolack, Senegal. He graduated as Entomologist/Agronomist from Texas Tech University in Lubbock (1991). Dr. Faye served as the Senegal Institute Senegal for Agricultural Research/ISRA Cotton and Food Crop Senior Entomologist. He worked as consultant with several organizations, including USAID environment and Integrated Pest Management in Africa on termites and mosquitoes. He co-authored a compendium on identification and description of empirical and research-based alternatives for rural development in Senegal and the Gambia (French and English versions). As a neem (Azadirachta indica, Juss) specialist, Dr. Faye attended and contributed in several India Neem Foundation World Neem Conferences, with the most recent one in 2007 in Coimbatore, India, where he proposed Dakar Senegal as the 2010 host for the 6th World Neem Conference. Dr. Faye was selected among the Senegalese scientists in the Diaspora by the University of Dakar (UCAD)/UNPD/Senegal Government to attend the first UCAD Diaspora Day to present his work through his NGO Africa Bound Corporation (www.africabound.org) and neem research and outreach program (www.senegalneemfoundation.org). In the USA, he served as Stet Corporation (www.stetcorp.com) Senior Scientist. He is also the owner of CommonSense Pest Management, a small pest management business in Cedar Creek, TX where he received the Austin State Farm Insurance Unsung Hero Award in 1999. Presently, Dr. Faye focuses on botanicals pesticides and income generation for rural communities in Senegal with emphasis on the rational exploitation of the neem tree, while building the FayeKunda African Village in his 10-acre land in Cedar Creek, a cultural program of his NGOs.
Dr. Faye could be available for speaking engagements on Africa issues. For topics and more, please visit his blog: http://ddfaye.blogspot.com/.
Al Ostroot (Al), Treasurer
Mr. Ostroot is one of the initial board of directors of ABC. Mr. Ostroot brings his rich experience in community development, grass roots activities from his successful earlier involvement in native indian ngo administration and management, as well as laudable organizational background. As heputs it:
Who I have primarily been in my life is best expressed as a leader and collaborator in the enterprise of creating empowered communities, organizations and individuals‚Äù. In the course of that, I have co-created and led organizations tasked with shifting the paradigms and therefore the real-world experience of individuals and cultures enmeshed in the disempowerment associated with poverty, discrimination as well as most forms of self-limiting beliefs.
In the unfolding pursuit and expression of that organizing principle in my life, I have had the privilege of a liberal education in philosophy, literature, history, and political science.
I’ve had the opportunity to express this theme in a range of career settings:
Lutheran Pastor of 4 rural congregations in South Dakota.
Grass-roots organizer of a Community Action Agency on the Lake Traverse Sioux Reservation in N.E. South Dakota.
Executive Director of the N.E.S.D Community Action Agency ‚Äì 14 Program Components, 256 employees.
Senior Trainer for Leadership Institute for Community Development, Washington D.C.
Staff Chairman for a national initiative to create a National Manpower Planning Strategy/LICD & the Office of Economic Opportunity.
Director of Training in Federal Region VI for Community Nutrition Institute; Title III & VII Older Americans Act.
Owner-President of ARO Designs, ad-specialty agency.
Owner-President of Organizations by Design; Corporate coach and organizational process consultant.
Owner-Partner of AITEC Nations Inc. (MBE & DBE) Structured Network Cabling.
Owner-Partner of Pawnee Alliance Technical Solutions, Inc. with the Pawnee Tribe of OK.
Each of these career arenas have been the occasion for me to develop my capacity to produce real results in a way that fulfills my fundamental commitment to have a world that works for everyone with no one left out. I have produced some very powerful results in many instances and in some settings, produced more learning than success. The Community Action initiative with the Sioux is an example of a successful, transformative process, shifting paradigms and changing whole institutions permanently, allowing the lives of a people (Lakota) to be restored within the very context that had thwarted them. The nature of the restoration process came to terms with the contemporary realities of rural American life in a way that produced a win-win dynamic and a new form of cross-cultural partnership previously not experienced by either. As a part of this journey I have also been affiliated with or recognized by certain entities that reflect my core values. The following are some examples:
Honoring ceremony by the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe
Board member of the National Association for Community Development
Board member of Africa Bound Corporation
Valdiodio Faye (Waly), Secretary
Waly is also one of the initial board of directors of ABC. Waly is very active in the day-to-day ABC activities. His experience in public relations, task orientation and getting the job done with a unique sense of readiness and availability brings a huge contribution to the organization. As he grows the organization, he is also at the same time bettering himself daily to be more than what he says he could be. He is presently pursuing an MBA to better serve ABC and fulfill his dream. His background is electronic engineering. As he puts it:
I am native of Senegal, West Africa, brother of Dr. Faye, the founder. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur and after finishing my degree in Electronic Technology, I worked for Applied Materials Austin as an Engineering tech and team lead of5 from 1993 to 1997. Performed testing, troubleshooting, failure analysis, and reworked on tools used to make high-end, large semiconductor wafers (200 mm CPI mainframe/integration and 300 mm). 2003: Dell computer, integration hardware and software and final test, Austin, TX. 2003: Celestica, Worked as sole contributor and as team member in the production of server prototype and personal computer. Utilized 3 different specialized software programs to test and troubleshoot computer components. Reworked malfunctioning components; reassembled computers and servers; performed final test procedures.
In 1990 I started a family venture, Teranga Restaurant- the first West African cuisine in West Texas. . It did not take long to attract the Texas monthly, the local newspaper and televisions, and it soon became an historical landmark. . I ran the challenging family business and with the support my brothers and my wife Sophie, Teranga became the intellectual hide out of Texas Tech University students and exotic gourmets. My involvement in the Lubbock multi-diversity program motivated a campus visit to an exhibition of African art and culture to students of all age. Longing, for cultural diversity motivated me to relocate my family to Austin in 1992 where I helped my wife open Sophie’s African Hair Braiding Salon, the first Austin African Hair Salon. This was soon followed by a second success; my African crafts import business, Goui-Gui Arts Gallery that involved traveling throughout the US to promote it. Goui-Gui allowed me to help developing African countries by selling commodities crafted by Africans, so I may continue to give back to my native land where others have not been so fortunate. It is in my soul to continue this work somehow, I have been working all these years with Dr Faye, ABC founder to create excellent program for our kids to sponsor children hospital and villages in Senegal by providing medical and school supplies for needed children and other ABC activities see website @ www.africabound.org/iaak. I am currently working as an IT Specialist at Austin Technology Center, Home depot Corporate Office as: Retail store operation specialist Multilingual. Analysis, troubleshooting and resolution of store technology issue ‚Äì store and vendor technology. I am presently working toward a Business and Management Degree at Saint Edward University in Austin Texas to better serve ABC globally.
Honorable Cheikh M. Bassirou Sarr (Bass). Senegal/Africa
Honorable Sarr isa former teacher, and Minister Advisor to the President of Senegal, Wade. Bass is the ABC Senegal Country Representative based in Dakar. He also facilitates the several contacts and networking activities in Africa. Bass brings in ABC his significant background of community organization, grassroot activities, and hosting of ABC partners and programs during their transit in Senegal.He is a well thought pro-active person with impressive contacts and relations in Senegal and Africa by and large. Bass is fluent in English, German, French, and fair in Chinese. He is the present Mayor Pro-Tem of Kaolack, ABC pilot project based in Senegal.
UCAD Universite Cheikh Anta Diop and member institutions
One of the most prestigious unitversity in Africa, UCAD has more than 59,000 students from all over Africa, and the world. ABC has officially teamed with UCAD to promote mutually beneficial relations such as co-organizing the 2010 World Neem Conference, malaria prevention with neem technology, among other collaborative efforts to develop. ABC also has collaborative relation with the new university of Thies (UT). Other cooperative efforts are being developped in Senegal and the rest of Africa.
Ghana Xofa EcoVillage, Volta Region
Xofa Eco Village, a 250 ha areawas founded in late 1990′s by Kudjo, an environmentalist Ghana native with a mission to reclaim, beautify and revitalize the region around and near the Lake Volta.The urgency of the project was hearalded by the founder and recognized by the Ghana government.Since then, thousands of trees hasbeen planted to promote natural rebirth of a dying ecosystem due to man activities of slash and burn. At the present time, a significant biodiversity is re-emerging and villagers are harvesting the fruits of a rational management of the natural resources.
Kenya. Marunga Village Chigger Management Project
Chiggers/sand fleas are major pests inthis area where corporal and psychological effects from these arthropod pests render affected people either debilitated or exposed to tetanus. Local NGOs and the Kenyan government are joining efforts to bring about effective management measures. ABC has joined the team to help on the identification and practice of sustainable control measures. To learn more, please contact us. You can also learn more by visiting: www.jigger-ahadi.org.