About

Mary Dinah Foundation

Established since 2006 in London, the Mary Dinah Foundation, formerly known as the Zero Hunger Initiative for women and girls, began its operations by providing food, water, and shelter to vulnerable women in Shoreditch, East London.

Over the past 17 years, the Foundation has grown exponentially.

Here is a timeline of our key successes.

  • 2006:

    Outreach and drug rehabilitation program for vulnerable women in Shoreditch, East London, UK.

  • 2010:

    Prison reformation program commences. Here, 250 mattresses donated to women in Kirikiri Prisons, Lagos, Nigeria.

  • 2014:

    Launch of Job-Link, Nigeria's first-ever Job Centre, which connected over 10,000 youths to work, trained 3,000 people on employability skills, and administered over 2,000 CV clinics.

  • 2018:

    Initiated school feeding, providing 100,000 meals annually to all-girl schools in Nigeria to boost girl child education, ultimately leading to women’s empowerment.

  • 2020:

    Expanded to providing food in emergency settings by distributing over 28 million meals to refugees and internally displaced persons living in areas of armed conflict within Northeast Nigeria and Far North Cameroon.

  • 2022:

    Zero Hunger Program commences in Chad. The program has now distributed 42 million meals to refugees and vulnerable persons across West and Central Africa.

  • 2024:

    Commenced humanitarian programs in Liberia and formalized a strategic partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Social Development in Nigeria, whereby the Foundation is overseeing all orphanages, special needs homes and juvenile centers.

Our

Mission

“If parents cannot feed their children, nothing else matters” Joe Biden, United Nation General Assembly, 2022″  Joe Biden, United Nation General Assembly, 2022

To achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of Zero Hunger, we continue to provide daily meals to internally displaced persons, refugees, infants, pregnant women, people living with disabilities, and individuals in hospitals, care homes, and mental health institutions.

Our mission is threefold

Our

Values

Compassionate

Compassionate

We approach every project (and every person) with the utmost compassion and heart, giving 100% to everything we do.

Collaborative

Collaborative

We work with some of the world’s most accomplished humanitarian partners while staying connected with local networks to bring about real, impactful change.

Committed

Committed

We won’t stop until every child is well fed – a good life starts with good nutrition, and everyone on the planet needs and deserves this.

Community

Community

We can’t work towards our mission of ending world hunger without the support of amazing people like you, who care as much about our cause as we do.

Our

Charity Board

Mary Dinah

Lady of Ellington

Dami Adelowo

Trustee

Faiza Alleg

Board Observer

Victoria Aderoba

Board Observer

Mary Dinah

Founder and CEO

Dami Adelowo

Trustee

Faiza Alleg

Board Observer

Victoria Aderoba

Board Observer

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Mary Dinah

Lady of Ellington

Lady Mary Dinah is the Founder of the Mary Dinah Foundation, an NGO established since 2006 whose main initiative – Zero Hunger Program is focused on alleviating hunger and poverty by feeding vulnerable people affected by malnutrition across Africa. Currently, the Foundation has distributed 42 million meals in crisis zones and regions of high poverty, with a unique focus on women and girls. Lady Dinah’s commitment to child protection and welfare is underscored by her recent designation as the Special Envoy on Child Protection by the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development. This designation reflects her dedication to safeguarding the well-being of children in the community.

By profession, Lady Dinah is a seasoned hotelier with CEO level experience gained from working with luxury brands such as Four Seasons Hotels, Marriott and Hilton. She is the Managing Director of MAD Hospitality, a hospitality consulting firm which is distinguished and impactful having championed some of Africa’s largest hotel openings. In addition to being a United Nations Fellow, Lady Dinah has acquired Degrees from Oxford University, Harvard University, Nottingham University and the University of Surrey, consistently attaining Distinctions across various disciplines. She is currently a Doctoral candidate, researching Charity Management at the International University of Monaco. In recognition of her humanitarian efforts, Lady Dinah has won several awards including the British Council Social Impact Award, Future Leaders Award, Lagos State Governors Award, University of Surrey Vice Chancellors Award and the University of Nottingham Special Excellence Award. She sits on a number of boards and working groups including the United Nations global working group on providing sustainable energy for people in displacement settings.

Lady Dinah is an explorer at heart and enjoys travelling to new cities around the world. learning new cultures and expanding her horizon. She also enjoys polo, tennis, swimming and yoga.

Dami Adelowo

Trustee

Damilola is a dual qualified lawyer (England & Wales and Nigeria) and currently Legal Counsel at an International Oil and Gas Company based in Nigeria. Her professional career spans over 12 years, with previous experience working for some of the most distinguished law firms in the country.

When she is not lawyering, her passion is building – building children, women, families, churches and nations. In particular, she is passionate about the role that the family structure plays in securing the future of the African child. It is this passion that led her to establish the Tolu and Dami Adelowo Foundation, which focuses on providing financial support for African charities that empower orphans and widows. She also sits on the boards of Real Talk Women Initiative, God Lovers Initiative and the Mary Dinah Foundation.

Faiza Alleg

Board Observer

Faiza Alleg is a French qualified lawyer with more than 10 years experience in International business law and Trade development, cross border sanctions. Recently she was working as a regional legal director for EMEA and Latin American regions for a global company operating in the natural resources industry. She is a specialist in cross boarder sanctions, as well as anti-bribery compliance practices, Faiza is recognized for her negotiation skills and conflict management approach as well as her leadership attitude. Besides her business activities, Faiza has always supported diverse pro-bono and human rights initiatives including Food for Thought.

Victoria Aderoba

Board Observer

From Rivers State, Nigeria, Victoria Amasi-Gomba Aderoba is the CEO of Intarel Resources Ltd, a Learning and Development consultant, life coach, mentor and an Entrepreneur who has worked with Eleme community youths, presidential Amnesty office, Lagos State government educational district, kwara state Ministry of Education and Kwara State disabled community.

Victoria was awarded the Elano/British Council scholarship in 2015 of which she acquired a Masters degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Westminster, London. She was also awarded the PRESIDENT’S Honours Award, Rivers State Award of Appreciation and The NYSC State Award all for her Humanitarian and patriotic service to the Nation.

Victoria is currently pursuing an MBA degree in the University of Bedforshire, London.

Mary Dinah

Lady of Ellington

Lady Mary Dinah is the Founder of the Mary Dinah Foundation, an NGO established since 2006 whose main initiative – Zero Hunger Program is focused on alleviating hunger and poverty by feeding vulnerable people affected by malnutrition across Africa. Currently, the Foundation has distributed 42 million meals in crisis zones and regions of high poverty, with a unique focus on women and girls. Lady Dinah’s commitment to child protection and welfare is underscored by her recent designation as the Special Envoy on Child Protection by the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development. This designation reflects her dedication to safeguarding the well-being of children in the community.

By profession, Lady Dinah is a seasoned hotelier with CEO level experience gained from working with luxury brands such as Four Seasons Hotels, Marriott and Hilton. She is the Managing Director of MAD Hospitality, a hospitality consulting firm which is distinguished and impactful having championed some of Africa’s largest hotel openings. In addition to being a United Nations Fellow, Lady Dinah has acquired Degrees from Oxford University, Harvard University, Nottingham University and the University of Surrey, consistently attaining Distinctions across various disciplines. She is currently a Doctoral candidate, researching Charity Management at the International University of Monaco. In recognition of her humanitarian efforts, Lady Dinah has won several awards including the British Council Social Impact Award, Future Leaders Award, Lagos State Governors Award, University of Surrey Vice Chancellors Award and the University of Nottingham Special Excellence Award. She sits on a number of boards and working groups including the United Nations global working group on providing sustainable energy for people in displacement settings.

Lady Dinah is an explorer at heart and enjoys travelling to new cities around the world. learning new cultures and expanding her horizon. She also enjoys polo, tennis, swimming and yoga.

Dami Adelowo

Trustee

Damilola is a dual qualified lawyer (England & Wales and Nigeria) and currently Legal Counsel at an International Oil and Gas Company based in Nigeria. Her professional career spans over 12 years, with previous experience working for some of the most distinguished law firms in the country.

When she is not lawyering, her passion is building – building children, women, families, churches and nations. In particular, she is passionate about the role that the family structure plays in securing the future of the African child. It is this passion that led her to establish the Tolu and Dami Adelowo Foundation, which focuses on providing financial support for African charities that empower orphans and widows. She also sits on the boards of Real Talk Women Initiative and the Mary Dinah Foundation

Faiza Alleg

Board Observer

Faiza Alleg is a French qualified lawyer with more than 10 years experience in International business law and Trade development, cross border sanctions. Recently she was working as a regional legal director for EMEA and Latin American regions for a global company operating in the natural resources industry. She is a specialist in cross boarder sanctions, as well as anti-bribery compliance practices, Faiza is recognized for her negotiation skills and conflict management approach as well as her leadership attitude. Besides her business activities, Faiza has always supported diverse pro-bono and human rights initiatives including Food for Thought

Victoria Aderoba

Board Observer

From Rivers State, Nigeria, Victoria Amasi-Gomba Aderoba is the CEO of Intarel Resources Ltd, a Learning and Development consultant, life coach, mentor and an Entrepreneur who has worked with Eleme community youths, presidential Amnesty office, Lagos State government educational district, kwara state Ministry of Education and Kwara State disabled community.

Victoria was awarded the Elano/British Council scholarship in 2015 of which she acquired a Masters degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Westminster, London. She was also awarded the PRESIDENT’S Honours Award, Rivers State Award of Appreciation and The NYSC State Award all for her Humanitarian and patriotic service to the Nation.

Victoria is currently pursuing an MBA degree in the University of Bedforshire, London.