Voices from Tanzania
Yusuph Masanja is currently a national volunteer at Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots and a college student of Business Management. Prior to becoming a national volunteer of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots at Azania Secondary School, he founded a student organization focused on environmental awareness and service to Tanzanians living with HIV/AIDS. He partnered his group with Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program, which is comprised of a global network of youth advocates for social change. Apart from this, he also volunteered as a peer educator for students in orphanage houses.
In the past, he has worked with various youth organization such as Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) and Joint Environmental Techniques (JET) and hosted workshops promoting peace and good governance through partnerships with faith communities. Since 2007, he has been working each weekend as a psychosocial care supporter with the DarDar Pediatric Program, Tanzania’s first comprehensive pediatric HIV clinic. The clinic is a joint project of Muhimbili University and Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire, USA. His motivation in life is always carried with the philosophy that “If you work hard and follow your dreams, you will attain what you dream for and don’t give an empty hand to the needier.”
Zainab Abdallah attended Yemeni English medium school for her primary education. Thereafter she joined Jangwani Secondary school for Ordinary and Advanced level education. Currently she is in the final year, taking Economics, Geography and Mathematics subjects (EGM). Despite being best in scholarly discipline, she is also talented in writing poems and presenting them. She will soon be releasing her first poetry book titled Where Is the Future? under Oxford University Press, Dar es Salaam office.
Recently, she has been working with Feint & Margin magazine based in Accra, Ghana, with the focus on exploring talents of youth. She is Managing Director of Creative & Classic 1, a learning company, which is under Junior Achievement Tanzania. She has also been very actively involved in a variety of youth organizations and programs such as HakiElimu, UN, GNRC and Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots.
She always believes that, “under the sun there is nothing impossible” ~ Indeed together as one, together we learn, together we plan and together we can.