• People

    Our partners in Tanzania are a key part of our operations. They identify where needs are greatest and where our giving can make most difference, and ensure that our funding is used as intended. By supporting each with a small monthly donation, we help them to take an active role in developing and empowering others in their communities.


    PASTOR STEVE OWINO has been a friend of our partner UK charity Sporting Marvels for over 10 years. He is involved with many practical schemes and initiatives that have positively impacted the lives of people living in poverty in and around Arusha. He also organises the itineraries for our trips, so that supporters can visit schools, orphanages, churches and community initiatives to see the needs of the people and the difference that Heart for Africa’s giving can make.


    MARY K. OWINO is a teacher and the founder and leader of the Moriah Women's Group in the Muriet area of Arusha. The women in this group run small businesses from whose profits they give back to the community. We're currently raising funds to help some of them to upscale their businesses, so that they can reinvest from their profits to help other women start up in business and to help others within the community, particularly with education and skills training. 


    FRANCESCO T. PANGA is the Educational Programme Coordinator at the Children of the Street Welfare Association (CHISWEA) Centre in the Sokoni One area of Arusha city. This centre takes care of about 30 children and youths aged between 7 and 20 years of age, who were previously living on the streets of Arusha.


    PASTOR ABSALOM J. NASSARY joined our team in 2022. He was raised in a rural area in the foothills of Mt. Meru which overlooks Arusha. After pastoring a church in his home area for many years, he recently moved to pastor a new church in the Engo-Sheraton area of Arusha.


    PASTOR MARY MASSAWE is the widow of Pastor Onesiphorus Massawe, who was one of our original partners when the team was set up in 2017. When Onesiphorus sadly passed away in June 2022, Mary took over the leadership of his church, Ambassadors Church in Mateves - we worked with this church throughout the period 2019-2021 to build a church/community hall, which is now used for church services, employment classes, and by other community groups such as a pre-school group. We're pleased that Mary has also taken over her late husband's role within Heart for Africa's Tanzania team, enabling us to maintain a close relationship with the Mateves community.