FOUNDERS

Omar Bah
Omar Bah
Founder and Executive Director

Winner of the 2016 John F. Kiffney Public Service Award from the Providence Newspaper Guild; and recipient of ‘One of Rhode Islanders of the Year 2015’ award from Rhode Island Monthly Magazine, Omar Bah is the Founder & Executive Director of the Refugee Dream Center, Inc.

He is a torture survivor, former journalist and refugee from The Gambia in West Africa. Bah is also the author of the book, Africa’s Hell on Earth: The Ordeal of an African Journalist. Currently, he represents the state of Rhode Island at the Refugee Congress of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Washington, DC. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a minor in political science from the University of Rhode Island; master’s degree in Public Administration from Roger Williams University, Master’s in Counseling Psychology in Global Mental Health, and currently a doctoral student in Leadership Psychology at William James College.

Bah has completed trauma treatment certification at the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, and does trauma based therapy. He has offered dozens of motivational speeches and training seminars; and workshops on refugee, trauma, and international issues at various conferences, universities and public fora.

Omar is immensely thankful to the United States for giving him a chance for a second life. He has now dedicated his life to supporting refugees who have passed through the same journey as him. Omar is fascinated by the cosmos and likes watching films about space and nature, and listening to ethnic Fula single string violin known as N’geeroru.

Omar Bah's Africa's Hell On Earth

Africa’s Hell On Earth
The Ordeal of an African Journalist
by Omar Bah

If you are interested in purchasing a copy, please email us.

Teddi Jallow

Teddi Jallow
Co-Founder

Teddi Jallow is the co-founder of the Refugee Dream Center who helped set up the organization with her husband, Omar Bah. Teddi came to Rhode Island as a refugee in June 2009. Teddi has a vast experience in the refugee community and related work including community organizing, case management and interpreting. She speaks various languages of Western African populations including Fula and Wolof. Teddi has certification and expertise as a Certified Nursing Assistant, and Medical Technician Certification, and is currently majoring in global and environmental health management at the University of Rhode Island. She also works with the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center offering services for patients.