Mission Statement
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Inspired by founder Isaiah Washington’s discovery of his direct genetic link to the Mende´ people of Sierra Leone, The Gondobay Manga Foundation advocates cooperative planning to achieve positive, timely improvements in the lives of the people of West Africa.

By uniting passionate people, The Foundation strives for immediate impact by addressing one village at a time. This singular approach tailors initiatives to the specific needs of the village community, while drawing the attention of the international community to distinct needs and goals. In undertaking issues such as road building, water supply, and electricity, The Foundation will stress the need for reliability, accountability, and sustainability in the infrastructure of West Africa.

The Gondobay Manga Foundation will, by its own example and the example of its alliances, exhibit the principles of reform and rightful behavior to the people and government of West Africa. Mr. Washington’s personal path and the vision of The Gondobay Manga Foundation exemplify what is possible when one person’s ancestral discovery leads them home to champion the rights and needs of their people.


According to Mr. Washington’s tribal Mother Nyande Manga and her tribal council, the name Gondobay had not been given to any Mende child for hundreds of years, until it was given to Mr. Washington on his Day of Induction May 2006. This was the day he was considered to be A Man From Another Land that would return home to Sierra Leone, West Africa and help rebuild it to its former greatness.

Board of Directors



Isaiah Washington is an American-Sierra Leonean actor. A veteran of several films, Washington is best known for his role as Dr. Preston Burke on the ABC medical drama  Grey’s Anatomy from 2005 until 2007. Washington currently plays Thelonius Jaha on The CW’s The 100.  Washington is also the founder and Executive Director of the Gondobay Manga Foundation.


Esther Vassar

Esther Vassar is the National Ombudsman and Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Enforcement Fairness for the U. S. Small Business Administration. The Office of the National Ombudsman assists small businesses when they experience excessive or unfair federal regulatory enforcement actions. Additionally, Vassar owns and operates a consulting firm specializing in political consulting, fundraising, event planning, and corporate training.


Dr. Andre Panossian

Dr. Andre Panossian is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon practicing in the greater Los Angeles area and a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He belongs to a unique group of plastic surgeons with expertise in highly complex aesthetic and reconstructive problems. His services are often sought for correction of residual deformities from prior cosmetic surgery.



Jenisa Washington, American Nigerian Conceptual Artist, Clothing Designer and Manufacturer, Costume Designer for Films and Television, Personal Wardrobe Stylist, Fashion Consultant and Art Enthusiasts. Best know for designing producing and manufacturing Women’s Ready To Wear clothing line SOLD Apparel. Sold in high-end boutiques throughout North America Europe Canada and Asia. Additionally, Washington is known in the Art community for her support of Museums, Galleries, Art shows, Fundraising and Artist.


Breton Washington

Breton Washington has extensive experience in Construction Administration for a range of healthcare projects, from new major medical centers to complex phased renovations and expansions. He has detailed knowledge of functional and operational requirements of medical facilities and provides comprehensive oversight of projects during the construction phase.