The Tanzania team is located in the northern region of Tanzania and is considered the base for Asante Africa- Tanzania. Collectively, they manage multiple program activity in 4 regions, with growing program activity in 7 other regions.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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 perinatal 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 with, 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.
Dennis entered the College of African Wildlife Management — Mweka and expanded his knowledge of environmental and natural resource 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 and 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 and a Master of Science in Applied Linguistics from 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 a university, a poet, and 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 that is very active in similar programming to 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, a school they founded in 2008.
Fredrick has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from The Open University of Tanzania and a Master of Arts in Community Development from Mt. Meru University.
Theo has a BS in Education with a specific focus on In-Service Teacher 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 teacher training by MWUCE both as a participant, and later, as an adviser.
She is a community facilitator between the District Education Officers with stakeholders and program implementers. She has the tenacity, strength, and insights to facilitate success within the MoE systems. She is currently a Professor at Teaching University, Arusha.
Ewald holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Open University of Tanzania, a Certificate in 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.
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 postgraduate degree in Project Management at Jommo Kenyatta University. Zakayo is married and a father of 2 young children.
Annagrace is an advocate, notary public, and commissioner for oaths at the high court of Tanzania. She is an activist on women’s and girls’ rights in Tanzania, gender expert, and a participatory action (qualitative) researcher on women’s and girls’ issues. She has worked with number of organizations, international and national, including TGNP, ICRW, and Agha khan Foundation.
She holds a Master’s degree (LLM) on Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Africa from University of Pretoria, South Africa, a bachelor degree in Law (LLB), and Post Graduate Diploma (PGDL) from the University of Dar es Salaam.
Gloria R. Mushi came to Asante Africa Foundation with strong expertise in analytics, data analysis, and program management. She holds a degree in Sociology and Anthropology from University of Dar es Salaam. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Economic and Community Development from the Open University of Tanzania.
Gloria is also experienced working in the government sector of NSSF, the US Embassy, and in a community based entrepreneurial business.
Joel believes that he can help ICT transform the lives of the poor rural Tanzanians by imparting the key ICT concepts to them. Moreover, his life’s passion statement is to help people accomplish far more than they ever thought was possible, 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.
Glory Shayo was born in Kilema village in the Moshi Rural district and is the fifth child in her family. She studied business administration at Iringa Retco Business College.
Glory joined Asante Africa Foundation as part of her college’s practical training requirements. She is working as a Scholarship Coordinator and Girls’ Program Associate. 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.
Albert Jumbe is the Scholarship Coordinator for Asante Africa Foundation. As the Scholarship Coordinator, Albert works with local communities to build schools, and 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.
Star holds a Diploma in Community Development from Community Development Training Institute in Mafinga, She has volunteered in Lushoto District Council as a Community Development Officer. She is also an entrepreneur, making and supplying potato crisps to supermarkets and shops.
Her dream is to make changes in her community and help youth engage in various entrepreneurial activities. As an Asante Africa Regional Coordinator in Lushoto, she spends her time working with the community to create ‘change makers’.
Siwema Bernard graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of Dodoma. She has worked with KILEMA Hospital as a counselor, and Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS-German) as a Research Assistant in data collection and transcribing data from English to Swahili.
Siwema has joined Asante Africa Foundation as Lushoto Regional Coordinator, to help change lives of youth through school-based training in Leadership and Entrepreneurship in Secondary Schools. She is passionate about engaging in Community activities and assists in overcoming challenges that hinder youth.
Timothy Mbilinyi holds a diploma in Veterinary Medicine from Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania.
He is an art fanatic and loves to draw and paint. In secondary school, Timothy attended Asante Africa’s LEI Program and was trained in leadership and entrepreneurship. Now, as a Youth Livelihood Coordinator for Asante Africa, he spends his time working in the community to create “change makers”.
Lepilali is a medical student at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University pursuing the first degree on medicine (MD), with a focus of becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon. He believes in science as the way to deal with nature, particularly tropical diseases.
As a medical student, Lepilali works with youth and students to help them map their dreams and realize their potentials, as well as inspiring them to take science subjects. He believes the fact that by showing others what they need, in turn you will get what you want.
Luciana graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology from Sokoine University of Agriculture. Apart from that, She has also worked with different food institutions as a food technologist in maintaining the quality of foods to the consumer, and volunteers in community services at Asante Africa Foundation when she has extra time during holiday.
Luciana has been paying it forward to change the next generation. She helps young people become change agents by facilitating their leadership and entrepreneurship skills.
Charles comes fom Oldonyosambu village where his parents are farmers. After completing secondary school, Charles applied to East African Institute of Entrepreneurship and Financial Management in the course of accounting for ordinary certificate level for one year.
In 2015 he applied to the Institute of Accountancy, Arusha to study Accounting, ordinary diploma level (enter level five and enter level six) for two years. Charles is currently an intern for Asante Africa in the accounting and finance department.