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Our Team in Africa 

help2kids staff in Tanzania and Malawi.

Binta Ceesay (USA) is the Field Manager for help2kids Tanzania. Binta holds a Master of Public Health degree in Global Health with a concentration in Community Health and Development. She has spent her career working to combat global health issues and make education universally accessible. Binta’s work has focused on joining health equity and education for youth through research, teaching, and program delivery. Binta has conducted health research in Tanzania and the US Virgin Islands. Most recently Binta wrote her dissertation on strategic responses to Zika virus while completing her studies in Atlanta, Georgia. She is now the help2kids Field Manager in Tanzania, and manages and provides support to all of our amazing staff on the ground. 

 

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Mama Leah (Tanzania) is the Children’s Home Manager and has worked for help2kids since 2010. Mama Leah is from Kilimanjaro.  After graduating from Usangi Secondary School, she completed her studies in Childcare at Upendo College. She then worked for a private school in Dar es Salaam for three years before starting at help2kids. Mama Leah plays an integral role at the Children’s Home. She manages our wonderful staff and is a kind and positive caregiver. She is married and has a son named Alex, who the kids at the Children's Home view as a little brother. 

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Paulette Jiménez (Ecuador) started working as Primary School and Assistant Field Manager in January. Her professional background is in the educational field and she taught second and third graders for nine years. Following this, she completed a master’s degree in Education, Policy, and Society at King’s College London, and worked for two NGO’s that were carrying out teacher training and curriculum development. Her current interest lies in improving the quality of education children are exposed to, which means making them analytical, curious, and critical thinkers who are continuously interested in developing their skills. Paulette's role at help2kids allows her to put this interest into practice and explore different ways to achieve this goal.

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Imerine Lyakurwa (Tanzania) is the Health Project Manager with help2kids. Originally from Arusha, Tanzania, Imerine graduated with a degree in Sociology from the University of Dar Es Salaam in 2012. Over the past few years, she has served as a volunteer with Equal Opportunity for All Trust Fund and held a Business Relations position with MIM Co. in Tanzania. In her current role, she oversees the wellbeing of more the more than 600 children involved in the program, manages the Health Project partner database, and collaborates with outside organizations to organize new health workshops. Imerine hopes to one day pursue a master’s degree in Public Health.  

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Jamila Palermo (Italy) is the Manager of the Friendly Gecko and Volunteer Coordinator for help2kids Tanzania. She has a Master’s Degree in International Cooperation, Development and Human Rights and after graduating gained experience working in a refugee reception centre in Bologna. Before joining help2kids, she worked as a social business manager in the field of organic agriculture, supporting to farmers and organizing the Arusha Farmer’s Market. As well as her considerable experience in international development, Jamila is also a talented linguist - she speaks Italian, English, French, Swahili, and some German!

 

 

Subira Mshana from (Tanzania) holds a Bachelor Degree in Home Economics and Human Nutrition from Sokoine University of Agriculture. Over the past few years, she worked with an NGO called Kids Safe which dealt with providing a safe living environment for vulnerable children. Also, she served as a volunteer in an NGO called Faraja Trust Fund where she was working as a nutritionist and a community-based health service provider. Currently, she has a role as a Children's Home and Nursery Coordinator with help2kids. She sticks to this strong belief that children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.

 

Ambrose Louis Ritti (Tanzania) is working as the Programs Assistant Coordinator with help2kids. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Communication from Monash, South Africa. He is also pursuing his master’s degree. During his time in South Africa, he worked as a volunteer with Skateistan, a non-profit organization and gained experience upon developing social inclusion programs. He also worked with Saimal Communication as the Client Service Executive in Tanzania. Currently at help2kids, Ambrose assists the project managers and coordinators to improve, monitor, and evaluate projects sites and programs.

 

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Kasmiri Massion (Tanzania) is the Education Sponsorship Coordinator with help2kids. He graduated with a degree in Environmental Planning and Management from the Institute of Rural Development Planning in 2015. Kasmiri has worked with several NGOs in Tanzania including Raleigh International's water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) project in rural Tanzania, with the ICS volunteering program as a volunteer and team leader, with Swiss Contact as assistant project officer, and with the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) as a research assistant. At help2kids Kasmiri acts as the main point of contact for sponsors and the help2kids accounting team in Switzerland.

Jackline Ludovick (Tanzania) is the help2kids health project intern. She has Bachelor of Sociology and Social Work degree from Mwenge Catholic University. She worked as a social worker at Kinondoni District Council and as a community development officer at Bukoba District Council. In her current role, she assists the Health Manager to oversee the wellbeing of more than 700 children involved in the program and day to day activities such as hospital visits, conducting health workshops, and supplying first aid kit to our partners.

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Modest Macha (Tanzania) is the headmaster of Bajeviro Elementary School. He earned his teacher's certificate at the Mpunguso Teacher College in 1998. Since 1999 he has been working in Bajeviro Elementary School and in these two decades, he has gone from a simple teacher to headmaster. In his spare time, he is an active youth leader in his church community.

Haika Holden Kimaro (Tanzania) holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications from University of Dar es Salaam. She has experience working with Pathfinder International as a Research Assistant in Family Planning Project. Also, she worked with Iris Executive Development Center as a Chief Editor for a business magazine and served in the marketing department with Elite Career choices. Now she is help2kids Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator in Tanzania. In her current role, she coordinates all fundraising activities in all of the projects and leading in marketing activities in Tanzania.

Our Team in Malawi

Garrett Berghoff (USA) is the Field Manager for help2kids and the Guesthouse Manager for the Friendly Gecko in Malawi. Garrett obtained Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Psychology from Santa Clara University in California. Garrett previously worked in Malawi with Jesuit Refugee Service in Dzaleka Refugee Camp. He is excited to continue his work in a country he loves.

Victoria “Toz” Ifould (UK) is the Program and Volunteer Coordinator for help2kids Malawi. She received a degree in History from the University in Sussex. Before joining help2kids, Toz was working in the Balaka district of Malawi for an NGO focused on sustainable building and education.

 

Mustapher Shaiba (Malawi) is the Sponsorship Coordinator for help2kids Malawi. Mustapher graduated from the Sponsorship program in 2016 and became a part of the team shortly after. Having gone through sponsorship, Mustapher is aware of all needs and deadlines for ESP. He is a great person to have on the team.

Patson Mtalimanja (Malawi) is the Assistant Manager of the Friendly Gecko Guesthouse. He started working for us in July 2012. Patson is a bricklayer and builder by trade and assists us with many different kinds of work at the guesthouse and at our help2kids projects.

Anette Gomani (Malawi) is our wonderful cook and housekeeper.  She has been with help2kids since the very beginning and is an excellent chef.  If you're lucky, you'll get to experience her incredible pizza!

Lekeleni (Leke) Phiri (Malawi) is our Cleaner and Assistant Cook.  She has been working at the Friendly Gecko for several years.  Leke has one child and is a beautiful singer. 

Isaac Gomani (Malawi) is one of our guards, and he is no stranger to the Friendly Gecko since he is Annete’s husband!  In the past, Isaac has run businesses in fisheries and agriculture.

Amidu Sigere James (Malawi) is one of our guards here at the Friendly Gecko.  He loves to paint, and you'll never miss him due to the amazing hats he tends to do during the day while working!

Daniel Jango Banda (Malawi) is part of our guard staff as well.  He is a native of Lifuwu village, and lives here with his wife and children.  Daniel is a carpenter by trade, and has done much of the woodworking here at the Gecko.