Orphans Africa (OA) is a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt charitable organization that began in 2007 with the coming together of three ordinary people whose desire was to build peace between nations by providing assistance to those who are most vulnerable.
OA could not build schools or educate orphans without our dedicated groups of on-site personnel. At this time, we have three groups of personnel, divided by geography, each group directing the continued development of a particular project.
Mawazo Chaula, Orphans Africa Manager
The founders of ORPHANS AFRICA first met Mawazo Chaula, whose name means “idea,” in 2007, when Mawazo was just twenty years old and still struggling to finish secondary school. Mawazo and his two younger siblings are orphans, and would not have survived had it not been for Mawazo’s determination to care for his family as well as to continue to attend school despite horrendous obstacles. (Click here to watch a video about Mawazo’s story.) From 2007 until now, OA has developed a deep bond of friendship and trust with Mawazo. Not only did Mawazo finish secondary school, but he completed his degree in Swahili and Political Science from the University of Dar Es Salaam in July, 2011, and now works for ORPHANS AFRICA. Because of Mawazo’s life experiences, it is his passion to help his country’s orphans and to someday become a parliamentarian. For now, OA is happy to have Mawazo as the OA Manager in Tanzania, utilizing his skills in English, business management, problem-solving, and diplomacy to better the lives of orphans. Mawazo exhibits a wisdom far beyond his years and it is our joy to know him.
MAJOHE IN THE ILALA DISTRICT OF
DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA
Wilfred Batakanwa, Project Manager and Headmaster
Wilfred comes to OA with a two-year advanced diploma in accountancy and an advanced diploma in Materials Management. Wilfred is the headmaster at the Marilynn Primary and Nursery School and oversees continued construction at the school. He is passionate about helping orphans. Wilfred is married, with six children. He lives on the school campus in Majohe, outside of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
BUJELA, IN THE MBEYA PROVINCE, TANZANIA
Roda Lukunga, Director of the NGO Board
Orphans Africa doesn’t do its work in isolation. OA works hand-in-hand with grassroots organizations composed of community members. Roda Lukunga is the Chairperson of the local NGO Board that is directly responsible for the ongoing construction at the Mwaji Secondary School for orphans. Mama Roda works in coordination with the Headmaster, with OA, and attended training at the U.S. Embassy in Dar Es Salaam in regards to a $30,000 grant which OA helped secure for the local NGO. This grant was used to complete the first phase of the kitchen, dining, and assembly hall at the Mwaji Secondary School. Rhoda also helps coordinate the care of OA volunteer visitors.
John Mwakapoja, Advisor
Living in the remote, rural village of Bujela, John Mwakapoja truly represents an elder’s wisdom. He is present at all the meetings OA conducts with village leaders, providing his input and guidance. John sincerely cares for the orphan children, wanting them to receive the best education. With John’s support, and the support of others like John, Orphans Africa is respected throughout the community. He warmly welcomes visitors and became “Babu” (grandfather) to visiting foreign teachers.
THE MBOZI DISTRICT, MBEYA PROVINCE, TANZANIA
Magreti Mwamlima, Chair and Project Manager
Magreti (Magret for short), is the chairperson of the local OA group and project manager of the Isandula Center in Vwawa, TZ. Magret helps to coordinate activities between the OA-USA and OA-Africa, with the purpose of building the infrastructure at the Isandula Center, a thriving nursery school and Vocational-Technical School for orphans. Magret’s compassion and generosity contribute greatly to the success of the OA group at Vwawa. Besides hosting OA International volunteers in her home, Magret hosts the meetings of area leaders, providing a voice of wisdom and integrity. Magret farms for a living, raising livestock corn and peanuts. She weaves and knits, plus is instrumental in administering a nursery schools for area orphans, where they learn early basic academic skills.
Welodi Nzowa, Board Member
Welodi Nzowa brings practical construction skills to the OA group in the Mbozi District. Along with Coordinator Evans Kita, Nzowa provides the carpentry, bricklaying, and roofings skills needed to continue construction at the Isandula Center. Together Evans Kita and Nzowa worked closely with Mbozi District authorities to draft a master plan of the center. And if that weren’t enough already, Nzowa can run very quickly around the 80 acre perimeter of the Isandula Center just to show visitors how BIG the property really is! Nzowa farms coffee, is married with six children, and has taken in an orphan.
Lucy Kileka, Treasurer
Lucy Kileka is responsible for the bookkeeping and accountancy for the OA group in the Mbozi District. In addition to her accounting skills she helps to coordinate the two nursery schools operated by the OA group. Together the schools comprise approximately 210 children ages 3-7. No little task!
Evans Kita, Secretary
Evans Kita worked hand-in-hand with team members in helping to procure a master plan for the Isandula Center. Evans Kita owns a carpentry shop in town, specializing not only in carpentry, but bricklaying and roofing, providing labor during the ongoing construction at the Isandula Center. He has three children and lives on a farm.
Tangson Kasebele, Board Member
With his five children, Tangson Kasebele fosters an orphan in his own home in Tunduma on the border of Zambia, representing the heart and soul of Orphans Africa– working for the benefit of the most vulnerable population, the orphan children. Tangson is a valuable asset, providing sound advice and skills gained while he served as the Director of the Board (2008-2011). Tangson received a diploma in Christian Leadership in 2010 and pastors a congregation in Tunduma.
Pili Zambi, Board Member
Pili Zambi’s tireless efforts have borne fruit through the founding of two nursery schools, operated by the OA group. Pili is instrumental in hiring teachers and making certain the children are cared for, with adequate food, shelter, clothing, shoes, and medical care. A widow in the Vwawa community, Pili exhibits a caring beyond her means.