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.

Carolyn Crowe is a Clinical Coder and works at the Port Fairy & a Warrnambool hospital in the Health Information Department. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration and does bookkeeping for a local business. Carolyn is a member of the Victorian Women’s Trust and Australian Conservation Foundation. She has been Treasurer for local community organisations and enjoys being involved in the local community. Carolyn volunteered with the Bandari Project in 2017, and is currently Treasurer of The Bandari Project.

Wendy Smyrk is a retired Primary Teacher having taught for thirty years. She lives in Port Fairy enjoying all that it has to offer. She has travelled in many developing countries, visiting schools where possible and has done some volunteer work in Timor Leste in 2002. She visited the Bandari Project in Tanzania in 2015. She has aways held the view that education is a way out of poverty and to this end is thrilled to be one of the inaugural members of The Bandari Project. She is very excited about children’s learning and the possibility of women being empowered through business.

Karen Dunstan is from Warrnambool and is passionate about helping people living in poverty in developing countries. Her interests in this area first started back in the 1970’s when she went to Fiji to help build a ministers house and lived in the village with the locals. It was a life changing experience for her and her family. Ever since that trip she has always known she would work with a project aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty in a developing country. Karen and her husband Martin spent 5 weeks volunteering with the Bandari Project in 2016, which cemented her passion and enthusiasm for this project. Her interest in the Bandari Project is in making sure the women of the Mto wa Mbu get a chance to be educated and have the facilities to make a difference.

Martin Dunstan has worked for almost 30 years a livestock extension officer with Agriculture Victoria, and was previously a secondary teacher for seven years.  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.  Martin and wife Karen volunteered at the project in 2016 before spending more time in Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia, gaining valuable insight into the benefits of successful development projects.  They plan to return to Tanzania in 2019 to continue their contribution.

Kathy Sanderson lives in Port Fairy and works as an Executive Manager at Brophy Family and Youth Services and has been in this community services organisation for 17 years. Prior to that her working history has been in primary teaching, aged and disability and working with volunteers in health services. Kathy has been involved in a number of community groups in the district over many years and is passionate about social justice, creating positive change and the importance of community. She joined Bandari Project in 2017, keen to make a contribution to such an inspiring project.  Kathy visited the project in Tanzania in 2018 with her husband Peter.

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. 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.