Arusha is located in the northern region of Tanzania and is considered the base for Asante Africa team there. Collectively, they manage program activity in 4 regions in the country, and will soon expand the roster with an additional 11.


DONNA DUGGAN, Chairperson

Donna is a registered nurse and midwife by trade, but fell in love with Tanzania in 1995 on her first visit. For several years, Donna used her medical skills for peri-natal and pediatric volunteer work, and thus became aware of the lack of quality in the education and healthcare sectors in Tanzania.
In 2004, Donna met, fell in love and married her Tanzanian husband, Naseeb. They now own and operate Maasai Wanderings Ltd. Along with Asante Africa Foundation they are dedicated to making improvements for the future of Tanzania through education.


Dennis Lyamuya serves on the Tanzanian board for the Asante Africa Foundation. As a guide with Into Africa Ecotourism, Dennis worked with local communities to build schools and provide food, textbooks and educational supplies. It was one of these trips that inspired Erna Grasz to create Asante Africa Foundation.
He entered the College of African Wildlife Management — Mweka and expanded his knowledge of environmental and natural resources protection, wildlife management, and the co-existence of humans and nature.


Education isn’t a job for Yohana Mcha; it’s her life. In her 30+ years with the Tanzanian public education system, she taught school at every level, from primary to university. Retirement didn’t last long. She went on to found her own school, Orkolili Secondary, as a way of giving back to society, paying forward for the education she had been given.
Madam Mcha holds both a Bachelor of Education in Linguistics and an MA in General Linguistics from the University of Dar es Salaam, & a Master of Science in Applied Linguistics at University of Edinburgh (Scotland).


Mr. Mgunya is the recently retired DEO for Monduli District. We have known Mr. Mgunya for several years now as a Executive Committee Member in our Integrated Teachers Training Committee. He was selected by his 14 DEO peers to represent their voice on the Executive Committee.
He has 36 years of experience and expertise in the Tanzania Educational System; initially as a teacher, then as a Headmaster for 18 years ( many of those in the Linde area of TZ) and then as a DEO of Monduli District for 6 years.


Mr. Richard Mabala is originally from the United Kingdom and gave up his passport to become an official Tanzanian. He has been an educator, professor at university, a poet, a recognized writer of Secondary school English readers ( Mabala the Farmer, Haza the Bus Driver, and others).
He has also formed a Youth action organization based out of Arusha – TaMasha – who is very active in similar programming as Asante Africa Foundation. He is writing a couple of new books and consulting for UNICEF currently.


Fred is co-founder of Watotowetu Development Foundation, a charity registered in Tanzania to support street connected children in Arusha, deliver effective teacher training programs, and empower women. He is married to Dorothy and they manage Cherith Junior School (www.cherithjuniorschool.sc.tz) , a school they founded in 2008.
Fredrick has a Bachelor Degree in Education from The Open University of Tanzania and MA in Community Development from Mt. Meru University.


EWALD TESHA, Program manager

Ewald holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics from Open University of Tanzania, a Certificate on participatory method of teaching from Mwenge University College of Education, and a Certificate for working with Children, Families and Communities affected by HIV/AIDS, Conflict, Poverty and Displacement, from Kwazul Natal University, South Africa.
Ewald’s ambition is to use his professional skills to help develop prosperity in the community. He is passionate about empowering youth through education and leadership.

ZELOTE LOILANG-AKAKI, Manager of Strategic Partnerships

Mr. Loilang’akaki holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Dar es Salaam University, majoring in mathematics and physics and qualified as a secondary school science teacher. He also holds Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Community Economic Development from the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute and Southern New Hampshire University/Open University of Tanzania.
Mr. Loilang’akaki worked for over 10 years with World Vision Tanzania as a Christian Commitment Coordinator, Senior Program Officer for Operations, and Zonal Manager for Northern Region.

ZAKAYO KIPUYO, Finance and Administration Manager

Zakayo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the Arusha Institute of Accountancy where he graduated with honors. Among his specialties are Accounting, Project Management, Strategic and Business Planning, Team Leadership and Team Building.
He is currently pursuing a post graduate degree in Project Management at Jommo Kenyatta University. Zakayo is married and the father of 2 young children.

GLORY SHAYO, Scholarship Coordinator and Girls' Program Associate

Glory Shayo was born in kilema village in mosh rural. She is the fifth child in her family. She studied business administration at Iringa Retco Business College.
She joined Asante Africa Foundation as part of her college’s practical training requirements. She’s enjoying her role as intern working with the local Asante Africa team. Her dream is to become an entrepreneur who will be in a position to manage her own business which will satisfy the needs of the local community.

JULITA KESSY, Girls' Advancement Program Manager

Julita has B.A in Community Development major in Project Planning and Management, Certificate of good leadership by Depot Kenya. She has worked with Compassion International as a health worker and giving counselling guidance to the children on the child support program.
She has also worked with White Orange Youth on HIV/AIDS awareness with youth and communities. Her desire is to touch peoples lives positively in every undertaking that she does. Her hobbies are singing and practicing karate.

ALBERT JUMBE, Scholarship Coordinator

Albert Jumbe is the Scholarship Coordinator for the Asante Africa Foundation. As the Scholarship Coordinator, Albert works with local communities to build schools, provide textbooks and educational supplies. Albert has worked as a tour and safari guide for various companies in the past 7 years; as a result, he decided to start his own company, Discover TZ, with other local experienced safari guides. The idea behind Discover TZ is to create employment for the local people.

THEOPISTA SEUYA - On Sabbatical at Bristol University

Theo has a BS in Education with a specific focus on In Service Teacher’s training. She was a Secondary School Principal at Peace House Secondary School in Tanzania. She has participated for 5 years in the award winning student centered teachers training by MWUCE both as participants and later as an advisor.
She is a community facilitator between the District Education Officers with stakeholders and program implementers. She has the tenacity and strength and insights to facilitate success within the MoE systems.

GLORIA MUSHI, Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator

Gloria R. Mushi came to Asante Africa foundation with strong expertise in analytics, data analysis and program management. She hold a degree in Sociology and Anthropology from University of Dar es salaam, currently perusing her Masters on Economic and Community development at the Open University of Tanzania.
She is also experienced working in the government sector of NSSF and US Embassy and in an community based entrepreneurial business.

JOEL SIATOT, ICT Project Coordinator

Joel believes that ICT will transform the lives of the poor rural Tanzanians by impacting the ICT key concepts to them. Moreover, his life’s passion statement is to help people accomplish far more than they ever thought was possible and by teaching them personal business management.
Previously, Joel worked as a marketing manager for an electrical manufacturing company in Tanzania. He graduated with honors from Arusha University with an MBA in Strategic Marketing and Entrepreneurship and a B.A in Sociology from University of Dar Es salaam.



JUMA MUSA, Alumni Staff




JOSEPH MELIO, Alumni Staff