Our Team

“Small acts when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”

– Howard Zin

Here at the Bandari Project, we rely on the generous donation of time and skills from our amazing team to see that we continue to grow, develop and move in the best direction to support our mission.

Without the below individuals (along with many others who have volunteered over the years!) we would not be in the position we are today; successfully supporting over 100 students to gain a quality education!

Would you like to get involved with The Bandari Project? We’d love to hear from you!

With them anything is possible

The Team

Team photo of Catherine Ryan

Catherine Ryan

Co Founder

Catherine is a secondary school teacher who travelled to Tanzania as a volunteer in 2007, she lived here for five years. During her time in Tanzania Catherine volunteered in local schools as well as working at International Schools.

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She was confronted by the extreme poverty and the lack of access that children had to a quality education, and wanted to do what she could to help.

Catherine has been secretary of The Bandari Project since it was founded in 2015. She has a Masters in International and Community Development, as well as a Bachelor in Teaching. Now living in Port Fairy, Catherine splits her time between teaching English to secondary school students, organising fundraising events and operational matters for The Bandari Project and running after her two small children.


Project Manager

Gloria is from the small town of Moshi, at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. She has a Masters of Arts in Sociology from Saint Augustine University in Mwanza, and has experience as a project officer and a teacher. 

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She is excited by the challenge of moving to Mto wa Mbu and working on a diverse range of projects that her position offers. Gloria started her position with the Bandari Project in April 2016.


Cat is a scientist, who travelled to Tanzania as a Bandari Project volunteer in 2016 with her then 14-year-old daughter Codi. Cat designed the school toilet block and was on site for its construction. Codi helped prepare a classroom for painting and created some internal murals, including giraffes that can be seen on the walls of the sewing room.

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Seeing first-hand the gratefulness and excitement from the entire community around the creation of the school made a lasting impact on them both.

The insight into the extreme poverty have also made lasting impressions, and both Cat and Codi found a new appreciation for running water, electricity, and the Australian healthcare system.

Cat was really impressed by the vision of the Bandari Project and has loved watching it come to life through project updates. Codi has now left the nest and lives in Melbourne, and Cat is our newest Bandari Project Board member. Joining the board earlier this year, Cat is keen to contribute by providing an extra pair of hands.

Seif Sakate

Co Founder

Seif is a qualified secondary school teacher in Tanzania, and is currently studying Psychology(Honors) in Australia. He was born in Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania in a small village right at the foot of the Great Rift Valley.

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His upbringing was full of adventures and fun with other children around the village. This has played a fundamental role in his understanding of the community and what it is like to work together. When he moved to Australia in 2012 he felt the need to support the children in his village who are more disadvantaged than he was when growing up. That has been possible by meeting people who held the same values as him in Australia. We have built a school and continue supporting more than 100 children. 


Tracy and her daughter, Ellie, have been involved with the Bandari Project since early 2018, at which time they travelled to Tanzania with the Bandari Project (Ellie was 9 years old at the time).

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Tracy has a background in the Agriculture Sector, she is a qualified Primary School Teacher and a former Paramedic in NSW. Tracy is currently teaching full time with South West TAFE in the disability, aged care and community services department.

Tracy and Ellie have always been interested in contributing to the Bandari Project and they were keen to gain firsthand experience by travelling to East Africa, where they gained invaluable insight into the project, the people, the culture and the country.

In order to continue their support of the project Tracy is on the Bandari Project board and also contribute annually to sponsorship.

Martin Dunstan


Martin has been our president since November 2020, he has worked for almost 30 years as a livestock extension officer with Agriculture Victoria, and before this was a secondary teacher.

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Martin and wife Karen have volunteered at the Bandari Project and have also spent time in Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia, gaining valuable insight into the benefits of successful development projects.

Martin has a strong interest in social justice. He is conscious of his own privilege as a middle class Australian, and the need to find permanent solutions to third world poverty. He is excited by the opportunities that the school and the women’s project will provide in enabling the poorest in the Mto wa Mbu community to make their own way in the world.



Ronda has worked and volunteered in the community sector for her entire career, mainly in support of older people, people with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other vulnerable groups in the community.

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She is passionate about social justice, the importance of education and the empowerment of women. Ronda left full time employment in 2019 and moved to Koroit in 2020.

She has been aware of The Bandari Project for some years, and welcomed the invitation to join the Board as Treasurer in 2021.

She now spends her time as a Board member on two other Boards as well as Bandari, supporting her family’s businesses and enjoying time with the grandchildren. Ronda is looking forward to the opportunity to visit Tanzania some time in the future!

Project Governance, Staff and Volunteers

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The Bandari Project is directed in Australia by a board consisting of members of the Port Fairy and Warrnambool communities.

Board membership is entirely voluntary and they meet monthly to develop and implement its project strategy, and to plan and conduct fund-raising events. The board has developed and is refining a medium term strategic plan.

Delivery in Tanzania is overseen by our dynamic project manager, Glory, together with her assistant Hawa. We have four teachers - James, Zawadi, Fred and Deborah, and a sewing instructor who works with the women’s skill development project.

Several other staff are employed to run the farm enterprises, maintain the facilities and to provide security after hours.

Volunteers are encouraged to contribute to the project on the ground in Tanzania and from home.

Annual group volunteering trips are organised, incorporating working at Bandari with some tourism. Individual volunteers are also welcome to visit Mto wa Mbu and contribute to the project according to their specific skills and availability. There is always something to do, and our volunteers find great rewards in helping!

What you can do to help

sponsor a child

Give the gift of a brighter future and in a small way, make a big impact.

Make a Donation

Support the ongoing running costs of our project. 

Support a project

Volunteer, help spread the word,  or fundraise.