Umoja Tanzania Incorporated is a registered NGO in Tanzania and is responsible for managing the day to day running of The Umoja Centre and programme development. The Centre is run by a minimal number of permanent staff with the help of long and short term volunteers. All board members are voluntary. Umoja Tanzania provides financial and annual reports and updates to both Umoja UK and Umoja Australia. (Registration No: 00NGO/00003335).
Read more about our work in the Umoja Information Book 2011-2012
Caroline Goody ~ Co-Founder-Director
Caroline is from Australia and the UK, spending many years in both countries. She has a degree in International Development and worked for several charities in the UK before coming to Arusha in 2009. After seeing the need for a youth project, Caroline and friend Emma Wagner founded The Umoja Centre.
Caroline has BIG dreams for Umoja...and hopes the centre will be a part of the Arusha community for many years to come.
Gerry Mkemangwa – I.T. Teacher
Gerry is one of our graduates from the '09 group. Since graduating from our programme, he has been employed here at Umoja as IT supervisor, filing clerk, librarian and general assistant. This year, he has risen through the ranks to become our new I.T. Teacher and Outplacement Assistant; helping his fellow students and ex-students to continue advancing beyond their one year attending our classes as he has. He is paid a decent wage and enjoys favourable working conditions and everyone loves having him around with his infectious smile and enthusiastic nature!
Rose Mkemangwa – ‘House Mama’
Rose (Gerry’s mother) who used to be poorly employed as a ‘Housegirl’ has been working here at Umoja as ‘House Mama’ for the past seven months solely taking care of our staff with meals, cleaning etc. This year, Umoja has been able to provide every student with a fulfilling lunch everyday and Rose’s new workload has been eased by her sister Lightness who, like Rose, was employed as a ‘Housegirl’. These two ‘House Mamas’ work hard to prepare the students’ meals whilst taking great care of everyone here at the centre.
Pascalina Mmari ~ Office Manager
Pascalina is a graduate from our '10 group. She was chosen for her great attitude, hard-work and brilliant results whilst a student at Umoja. She is now employed as the Centre's Office Manager and also helps with book-keeping and is our librarian. Hopefully working at the Centre will provide the experience and skill-set that she desires to move onwards and upwards in her career as well as a vital source of income for her and her family. 'Miss Pasc' is already a valued member of the Umoja team!
Esta Machelle- Housekeeper/Cook
As a former Umoja student, Esta is at home working at the centre as a staff member. She assists Mama Rose in taking care of students and staff throughout the day. Whether preparing porridge for breakfast or vegetables for lunch, she works very hard with a smile on her face. Esta is a lovely person, and an asset to the Umoja team.
Saitoti, John and Raymond
Saitoti, John and Raymond are Umoja's security team, responsible for keep us and the centre safe! Their department also covers general caretaking, gardening and care of the dogs. Saitoti and John are Maasai from Monduli and Raymond is from Bukoba (Haya tribe), western Tanzania.