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Our Team in Africa 

help2kids staff in Tanzania and Malawi.


Harriet Smith (England) is the Field Manager for help2kids Tanzania. Harriet holds a Masters in Human Rights and Social Justice, and has spent her career working with children and young people. She has worked with a variety of NGOs in both the UK, Ghana and Tanzania. Harriet's work has focused around special needs education, supporting the rights of children and young people with disabilities through advocacy, delivering training and workshops, programme design and delivery. Most recently Harriet was living in Moshi, where she worked for an autism awareness NGO. Now she is the help2kids Field Manager in Tanzania, and manages and provides support to all of our wonderful staff on the ground. 



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 two-year old son named Alex, who the kids at the Children's Home view as a little brother. 


Martin Kury (Switzerland) is the help2kids Bajeviro Primary School Manager. He manages the partner school, which has more than 300 students. Martin was a former help2kids volunteer, co-teaching English and Mathematics in Malawi. Always an avid football enthusiast, he oversees the Bajeviro Rainbows football team as part of the help2kids Sports Program. Martin also served as a volunteer in Tanzania before coming on staff. Prior to joining the help2kids team, Martin performed business administration at a primary school and at a junior college. 


Imerine Lyakurwa (Tanzania) is a Coordinator with the help2kids Health Project. 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 manages the Health Project partner database and collaborates with outside organisations to organize new health workshops. Imerine hopes to one day pursue a master’s degree in Public Health.  


Modest Macha (Tanzania) is the Head Teacher at Bajeviro Primary School. He graduated from Mpunguso Teacher College in 1998 and began working at Bajeviro in 1999. Over the course of two decades, Mr. Macha remained with help2kids and slowly moved into the Head Teacher position. In his spare time he is an active youth leader through-out the community.


Restuta Binamungo (Tanzania) is the Assistant Head teacher at Bajeviro Primary School. She received her Teacher Certificate from the Kange Teacher College in 2002. She first joined the Bajeviro staff as a Standard 4 teacher in 2013 but was quickly promoted. Previously, she spent time in Germany working as an Assistant Teacher for children with disabilities. In her free time she helps tutor the help2kids international staff in Kiswahili.

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Julius Kasuga (Tanzania) is the Academic Teacher at our Bajeviro Primary school in Tanzania. He received his Teaching Certificate from Mpwapwa Teacher College in 1981. He previously worked for Bajeviro from 2006-2008 before relocating to Arusha but has since happily returned to our staff as of April 2015.

Our Team in Malawi

Team Africa Malawi Guesthouse Manager Ben


Benjamin Cramer (United States) is the Guesthouse Manager at the Friendly Gecko, and the Marketing Manager for help2kids in Malawi.  He hails from the state of New York, where he attained a Bachelors degree in Globalization and International Development.  Having worked in Malawi previously, Benjamin knows how much Malawi has to offer, and he can't wait to welcome you to the country. 

Team Africa Volunteer Coordinator Kate

Kate Mensinger (United States) is the Field Manager for help2kids Malawi.  She has a Master’s degree in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance from New York University, and a Bachelors of Social Work.  She has spent time volunteering and conducting field research in Uganda with street children.  She is very excited to be back on the African continent and to experience life in the Warm Heart of Africa!


Phoebe Harger (Ireland) is the Program and Volunteer Coordinator for help2kids Malawi.  She holds a Bachelors Degree in International Development and Food Policy.  Her work has already brought her to Uganda, Tanzania, and Zambia, and she is excited to learn and share what Malawi has to experience.  If you are coming to volunteer with us, Phoebe will be here to assist you!


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. 


Issac 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 don 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.

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Ndege, Calvin, and Peace (Malawi) are the final three members of our guard staff.  While a bit too energetic and sometimes mischievous, they play an integral part of the day to day operation of the Friendly Gecko.