Anselmo Kapandila has served as District Health Officer in Nkasi District - Rukwa region since 1995 and is a member of Tanzania Rural Revival which empowers local people by supporting their development priorities. He is also a founder of ANSADE FOUNDATION which provides education, care and support to children in need and empowers women to meet the needs and rights of these groups in the community.
Dodoma Rural Representative
Benedict Carshia is experienced in Leadership, Strategic Management and Project Consultancy. Currently he is working with various institutions and companies in Project management, Research and Consultancy in Dodoma, Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Mbeya and Lake Regions.
Kigoma Rural Representative
Benedicto has lived in Zeze village near Kasulu, Kigoma all his life. He has a degree in Environmental Planning and Management, and a strong passion for agriculture – especially in rural development and as a route out of poverty. He set up Mboni ya Vijana to do this. In 2018 BTS sponsored him to speak at their AGM, and at the UK Parliament. You can see his presentation here. LinkedIn.
Following a career in Pharmaceutical Project Management, Brian worked in management of an alcohol counselling agency. After periods of volunteering in Southern Kenya, he, with his wife Aleen, was based in the Dodoma region of Central Tanzania, assisting with sponsorship projects and school management, from 2011-2015. He continues to support this work from the UK.
Dan studied South East Asian Studies and Environmental Policy and Management before going into a career in magazine and online publishing. Dan has recently returned to his core interest in international development and has been working with TDT and Tusk in East Africa. Alongside managing projects, Dan is committed to using his editorial skills and publishing background to raise awareness and help with fundraising. LinkedIn.
Dar es Salaam Representative
Danny was born in Mbeya region, but much of his professional career was in the UK as a surveyor, and in housing management. After a stint as Treasurer of TDT in the UK, Danny now heads a team of surveyors in Dar es Salaam, but remains closely involved with TDT and other national charities. LinkedIn.
Chair of BTS and Trustee
After a career in the IT industry in the UK, Elizabeth first went to Tanzania in 2004 to be IT consultant to the Anglican Church of Tanzania , then moved to the new Anglican St John's University of Tanzania in 2007 to head IT, returning to the UK in 2011. She has been a member of BTS since 2011 and was secretary of both BTS and TDT until the 2017 AGM.
Godfrey holds a Bachelor Degree in Regional Development Planning from the Institute of Rural Development Planning, Dodoma. He works as civil servant at Masasi District Council. He has a passion for helping communities and the rural poor, and helps grass-root CBOs and NGOs to write project proposals.
Chair of Trustees and Project Officer
After 30 years in education, Janet has been visiting Tanzania every year since 2014 to help assess projects and work with our partners. Realising that a lack of maps hampered their work she started the mapping project Crowd2Map in 2015. She chairs the committee supporting FGM charity Hope, run by our local rep Rhobi Samwelly. LinkedIn.
Kevin’s roles have included Programme Director for VSO, Chief Executive of Headway, and Chief Executive of the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action. Kevin lived in Tanzania for 4 years and now spends 4 weeks there each year visiting our projects. He was appointed CBE in 2012 for services to the voluntary and community sector. LinkedIn.
Phil has been involved with overseas development for 40 years. In Tanzania he has been an agricultural extension officer, manager of a farmers’ training centre, and has also worked with Maasai people in capacity building. He was also a VSO trainer in the UK for many years.
Ramson Lucas studied a degree of Community Economic Development and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in International Cooperation and Development at the Open University of Tanzania. He is also Project Manager for a development project in Lindi schools for an NGO called Sports Development Aid which has been using Sports as a tool for development since 2011.
Rhobi is an FGM survivor and activist and the founder of Hope for Girls and Women Tanzania. In 2018 she was invited to speak about her work at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, and organise an event showcasing how mapping can help protect girls from FGM by UNFPA. LinkedIn.
A career in teaching in UK, France and Spain was followed by retirement and travel. Steve then stumbled across VSO at the Adventure Travel show and signed up for a short posting in Lindi, south east Tanzania in 2014, which ended up being for 3 years. Steve joined the TDT team in early 2019 when he facilitated the completion of the Angaza school basketball court.
Wilhard has a Bachelor degree of Education in Economics from University of Dodoma. Now Wilhard works as business studies teacher in Manyoni district. He is also co-founder of Mbalamwezi Organisation, a charity that supports male teenagers from rural areas in Singida region.
Aikande Clement Kwayu is a senior development and research consultant at BUMACO Limited in Tanzania. She is also an honorary research fellow at the Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her consultancy and research work focuses on the role of different actors in development. She has recently published a book titled "Religion and British International Development Policy" in which she analyses how the British government engages faith groups in formulating and implementing international development policies. For more of her work please see www.aikandekwayu.com
Catherine studied Psychology and Philosophy for her Bachelor's degree, and achieving an MSc in Psychology. She has always been interested in different cultures and languages, wanting to work with different people from across the world to make a difference, especially in such a beautiful and cultural country as Tanzania. She continues to work with people in social and clinical settings, as well as academia. As someone who never grew out of the phase of asking "why", she is dedicated to not only understanding our world, but also in taking action to create meaningful change.
Hamza Rajabu, a bachelor degree graduate of Family, Nutrition and Consumer Science from Sokoine University of Agriculture, is a researcher, project writer and social changer. Currently he is working as an Organization Coordinator of Ntuntu Orphans and Disabled People (NODIP) - the Non-governmental organization operates to alleviate poverty for poor and marginalized groups in Singida region by carrying out various tangible interventions that transform their lives.
Currently based in the UK, Sally has spent the last 30 years living and working in southern and Eastern Africa. A biologist by training her career has revolved around rural development and agri-business. From 2012 to 2019 she lived in Lindi, Tanzania where she managed the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning for the Aga Khan Foundation's agricultural, education, health and savings projects across the country. She joined TDT in December 2020.