Catherine Ryan is a secondary school teacher who went 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. 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.