Australia Tanzania Society is the overarching organisation for our volunteer group based in Perth, Western Australia.
Australia Tanzania Society (ATS) is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and as a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) in Tanzania.
ATS is a 100 per cent volunteer organisation. With no administrative costs, every dollar raised goes back to making life better for people in Tanzania. Our funding comes from a variety of sources, including sponsorship from individuals and companies in Australia and Tanzania, and through our annual fundraising event in Perth, Australia.
ATS aims to provide support and capacity build in the areas of health care, education and child protection in Tanzania.
Rafiki Australia Tanzania
Since 2004, Rafiki has sent 2 – 3 volunteer teams to Tanzania each year, which have changed the lives of children and adults with conditions such as cleft lip, cleft palate and burns injuries. Rafiki also trains Tanzanian medical professionals and has linked with Muhimbili National Hospital and Muhimbili National University of Health and Allied Services to provide a pathway for Tanzanian Surgeons to obtain their Masters in Plastic Surgery and become fully-trained in plastic and reconstructive surgery. In addition to the surgeries and training, Rafiki also sends donated medical equipment to hospitals and clinics in Tanzania, including ambulances.
PEC School Scholoarships
Funded by sponsors, PEC School provides scholarships to promising students who would not be able to access quality education because their families are trapped in extreme poverty. Students are encouraged to apply at all year levels – from early primary school to the final years of primary school. PEC provides high-quality education that regularly ranks in the top 5% in Tanzania, so students are equipped with the skills to move on to their next level of education, and ultimately become leaders in their communities. By sponsoring a student you can help break the cycle of poverty for them and their families through the gift of a high quality education!
Australia Tanzania Young Ambassadors
ATYA focuses on improving access to education for Tanzanians. It has completed numerous infrastructure programs, including classroom construction and renovation, as well as provision of water to schools through the drilling of water wells. Additionally, ATYA has provided Tanzanian curriculum text books to schools to assist in the delivery of quality education, and has facilitated and funded several professional development courses for Tanzanian teachers.
Safina Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of orphans and vulnerable children in Tanzania by providing them with shelter, education, accommodation, food, healthcare, financial support, transportation and clothing. Safina’s focus is on providing sustainable infrastructure projects that will benefit the children and their communities.
To assist Tanzania’s health services by:
To advance education in Tanzania by:
To help the most underprivileged and vulnerable members of Tanzanian society especially orphaned children through sustainable infrastructure projects.
Didier is a founding Director and Chairman of MPH Lawyers and holds a number of board positions on ASX listed companies. He was appointed the Honorary Consul for the United Republic of Tanzania in Australia in April 1997, a position he continues to hold, and founded ATS in 2004.
Brigid is a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Head of Department of plastic surgery at Royal Perth Hospital. She also works in private practice based at St John of God Hospital, Subiaco.She has subspecialty interests in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery and hand surgery. She has a strong involvement in the training of plastic surgery registrars. Brigid has been volunteering her expertise on Rafiki missions since 2010.
Darren is a Chartered Accountant with 25 years’ experience in the mining industry as a senior finance and resources executive. Mr Gordon has had extensive involvement in financing resource projects from both a debt and equity perspective, including his previous position as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for Gindalbie Metals Limited.
Andrew is an Anaesthetist and former WA President of the Australian Medical Association. He also has a legal education which has led to involvement in governance and strategy for national 'not for profits'. Andrew has been volunteering on Rafiki Missions since 2009.
Shannon is a registered nurse with clinical experience in plastic surgical, burns and wound care, and management experience in a busy plastic surgery clinic including trauma care. She has been involved with more than 15 surgical nursing work placements to both Tanzania with Rafiki, and Laos with Interplast. She uses her experience in organising pre and post operative patient care, ward nursing of wounds, liaising with the communities, and providing ongoing guidance for continued care post surgery.
Julia is a photographer and media consultant. She has been volunteering for ATS since 2005 where she manages all of our media and communication requirements. Julia films and produces ATS’ fundraising and awareness videos and publications.
Thierry holds an MBA from the University of Western Australia and has experience in commercial management. He has been the resident Country Manager in Tanzania for Aminex since 2008 and has held the position as Australian Honorary Consul to Tanzania.
Grant is a Director at MPH Lawyers and has 20 years’ experience in commercial litigation. He has been involved with ATS since its inception and continues to provide support through its fundraising and other activities.
James is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and former president of the Australian Institute of Plastic Surgeons. Since 2001 James and has been on voluntary missions to Tonga, Sri Lanka, Kiribati, Somalia, Papua New Guinea, Laos and the Philippines, as well as regular missions to Tanzania for Rafiki.
Andrew completed Specialist Anaesthetic training in 1994 and works as a private specialist Anaesthetist. He was the Chairman of the Anaesthetic Craft Group at St John of God Murdoch for over 15 yrs and the Deputy Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee at St John of God Murdoch. Andrew has been volunteering on Rafiki missions since 2005.
Taka is an Anaesthetics Nurse and Rafiki’s Mission Coordinator and Team Leader. She organises the team, behind the scenes logistics, and is our most regular team member having volunteered on more than 20 Missions to Tanzania for Rafiki.
Mario is a Chartered Accountant and co-founding Partner of Plexus Global Condulatnats with nearly 20 years’ experience in public practice. He is a registered tax agent, self-managed superannuation fund auditor and has extensive experience in taxation, business consulting and business planning. Mario provides his services to a number of WA charities.
James obtained his Business Degree at Notre Dame University in Western Australia before returning to Tanzania to take on a senior role for a US NGO delivering health services in Tanzania. He has extensive experience in marketing, public relations, operational support and corporate social responsibility (CSR). He is our man on the ground in Tanzania, managing our projects and seeking new opportunities.
ATS is a 100 per cent volunteer-run organisation, we have no paid staff or administration overheads thanks to corporate support from MPH Lawyers and our team of more than 200 volunteers.
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