About Us
What is Teneba’s Haven?

Teneba’s Haven is a non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian organization based in Sierra Leone, West Africa. The founder, David Mamoud Sawaneh, resides in Tampa, Florida U.S.A. During and after the civil war in Sierra Leone, (see “Blood Diamond”/”Cry Freetown”) Teneba’s Haven has been helping local communities with food, clothing, education and basic health care needs to less privileged people, especially women and children.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of Teneba’s Haven is to assist the disadvantaged of Sierra Leone through programs that break the cycle of poverty, hunger and disease.

About the Founder

David M. Sawaneh, 39, was born in Sulimania, Koinadugu District in Northern Sierra Leone.

Attended primary and secondary schools in Kabala, Sierra Leone. Upon completion of high school taught grade school as an untrained teacher from 1994 to 1996.

Travelled to Ghana to attend interview to immigrate to the USA, having won the DV lottery in 1996. Visas were unavailable, thus returning to Sierra Leone to ground zero, having sold all valuable belongings.
Immigrated to the US as a refugee in March 2000, received by LIRS, headed by Danielle Kearney, then.

Worked at Embassy Suites Hotel – dish washer/breakfast cook, McDonald’s and Panera Bread:grill/sandwich line, and as ice cream vendor between 2000 and 2004.

Attended Hillsborough Community College for a year then went on to do Practical Nursing at Erwin Technical School and graduated in March 2008. Worked as an LPN since August, 2008.

Brought two of three children to the US at ages two and eight. Brought wife into the US in February 2010. Founded Teneba’s Haven in 2011. Presently working two jobs to ensure activities at Teneba’s Haven are ongoing with the help of COR (Christ Our Redeemer) and board members.

Board Members
David Sawaneh
Joseph Mansaray
Project Officer
Faith Dunne
Rev. Richard Hafer
Public Relations
Felicia Thomas
Board Member
Joyce Carroll
Board Member
Marianne Hafer
Board Member
Staff in Sierra Leone
(from left to right)
Ret Col. P. M. Duwai – National Coordinator
Haja Manteneh Marah – Treasurer
David Sawaneh – Founder
Pastor Manso Tarawallie – Public Relations
Musa Beretay – administrative asst/secretary (lawyer)
(not pictured) – Lansana Sawaneh – support staff
Daniel K Tarawallie – support staff
Mohamed K Manga – support staff