Our Tanzanian Team

Shika is a small organisation run in the UK by a group of committed individuals who give their time and experience for free.  This enables us to keep operational costs down channelling the maximum amount of money to our projects in Tanzania.  

Our permanent Tanzanian Team are paid volunteer wages and work tirelessly to ensure our children are cared for and educated.

Programme Manager: Susanne Mayer (Susi)

Susi has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and graduated in 2012 from Catholic University of Eichstätt, Germany.  Susi joined Shika in May 2012 after 6 months working with drug-addicted youths in Arusha.  Susi is a dynamic, young social worker with empathy and excellent communication skills.

Susi & Oscar


Social Worker: Neema Mallya

Neema joined Shika in October 2011.  Neema has a Bachelor of Education as well as certificates in Basic Counseling Skills, HIV/AIDS Education & Prevention and In-depth training on VCT. Neema is a self-motivated person that believes in teamwork. Neema worked as a counselor at Kelamfua Secondary School and Huruma Hospital before joining Shika.

International Volunteers

International volunteers come from a diverse range of countries and age groups, offering a wide variety of skills and experience.  Some volunteers provide general support to the after school programme and others come offering focused workshops to teach and foster specific talents.

In 2013 Shika Volunteers formulated and contributed the following initiatives to the after school programme:

  • Shika Girls Band – Over a period of 3 months, the girls worked with Silvi to write and perform their own song.  The soundtrack was recorded and a supporting video made.
  • Photography Workshop – 18 cameras and 2 Laptops were donated from Australia for this workshop.  Dianna designed and commissioned a custom cupboard to be made by a local carpenter to store and secure the cameras. Over a one-month period 10 students were taught how to care for and use the cameras. Students took the cameras home on weekends to undertake specific assignments.
  • A number of after school clubs were initiated by Rebecca including a book club, sports club and computer club.  These clubs allow children with common interests to meet and learn new skills under the supervision of staff and volunteers.

counselling child