OUR TEAM

Irene Fugara

Irene Fugara

Executive Director

Irene Fugara is a lawyer based on gender, women and children rights in Tanzania where she provides counsel at the intersection of law, policy and gender rights. Her community works are geared at contributing to the efforts towards promoting gender equality and ending violence against women and children by engaging with governmental and non-governmental institutions and local communities.

With over 7-year experience on women and children rights issues, Irene has been engaged in review of land policy and laws on equal participation of women in decision making over land matters, designing model by-laws and guidelines that promote women participation in decision making at village levels. She further used her legal expertise, in collaboration with scientists in and out of Tanzania in child protection against harmful nature of lead-based painted toys and decorations in houses. Her findings were vital to informing stakeholders public interest litigation lawyers and CSOs) on appropriate measures to be taken to end use of lead-based paints (that exceed WHO set standards) at homes.

Further, Irene has been coordinating projects that target women and youths’ economic empowerment in Dar es Salaam, providing legal aid to women and children who are victims of violence; she collaborated with the local government authorities in responding to women and children violence cases and establishing positive parenting
groups in Dar es Salaam.

Irene previously worked with organizations that target women and children protection in Tanzania such as People’s Development Forum and Lawyers’ Environmental Action Team as the Program Coordinator. Irene is a honors graduate of University of Dar es Salaam and holds a Bachelor Degree of Laws.

 

Godwin Mongi

Godwin Mongi

Director Of Program

Godwin Mongi is a local expert on women and child protection. Based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Godwin had been using his expertize in supporting Women and children protection department at People’s Development Forum in execution a number of projects, he has also worked collaborated with Tanzania Children Rights Forum, Tanzania Early Childhood Development Network and Ministry in charge in strengthening CSOs working in women and children protection, advocating for and development of policies and laws/acts and develop tools that promote women and children protection.

Godwin also participates in the National Working Group that focuses on the development of tools that will assist with the smooth rollout of the National Plan of Action to End Violence Against Women and Children and help to oversee execution of the project. Before that, Godwin worked with the Inter-Religious Council for Peace Tanzania and with the support of UNICEF, Godwin successfully executed the project on ending violence against children, where he established and empowered child protection committees, which involved religious leaders working with government officials to respond to cases and use their influence to prevent more violence. This contributed to making Tanzania the only country in Africa and among the 3 across the globe to be named as pathfinder country and scale up the project. Godwin also coordinated moral education and adolescents’ empowerment programs when working for National Spiritual Assembly of Baha’is of Tanzania before joining Inter-religious Council.

 

 

Fadhili Meta

Fadhili Meta

Community Mobilization & Sensitization Officer

Fadhili M. Nandonde is a social worker having an experience in the field of Child rights, Countering and Preventing Violent Extremisms, Gender Based Violence, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Climate Change and Good Governance.

2018 he was among the youth representative from Tanzania in Regional Peace Program at Nairobi. In this program, he was capacitated on how the youth can use Media in prevention of Violent Extremism.

He was even awarded the certificate of Preventing Violent Extremisms by Green Light Project.

Fadhili M. Nandonde worked as Youth Volunteer at Norwegian Church Aid in the Field of Climate Change, Gender Based Violence and Good Governance. He facilitated different programs about subject above in different regions of Tanzania including Manyara, Tanga, Moshi, Mbeya, Morogoro, Njombe, Dodoma, Pwani, Dar es salaam and Iringa.

He was doing advocate on Child rights. 2013 he was selected to represent African youth in youth program in Switzerland to discuss about Child protection. He was a member of peace club with Arigatou/ Global Network of Religions for Children Tanzania.

Tusekelege G John

Tusekelege G John

CHILD PROTECTION OFFICER

Ms. Tusekelege is a social worker; with an experience in social work, community services and risks management in helping individuals, families, and groups of people to cope with problems they’re facing to improve their patient’s lives. Empowering women, fighting gender violence and offering child protection has been her devotion.

She had field experience at different social funds as social worker in insurance department by serving community through providing services like health insurance and maternity insurance especially to pregnant women, but also providing awareness coarsening health, life and maternity insurance how it can help them especially women.
She is vigorous and devoted to the liberation of Women and Youths, besides she commits herself in protecting children living in her community and a wide variety of community services that not
only proceeds them but help them sheltered a future of growth ultimately.

Tusekelege holds Bachelor Degree of Insurance and Risk Management (BIRM) from Institute of Finance Management (IFM), Dar es Salaam. Lives in Dar es Salaam Tanzania.

Jubilet Mlaki

Jubilet Mlaki

GENDER OFFICER

Ms Jubilet is a Gender and development expert with a vast experience on women and children rights in Tanzanian. Previously, she volunteered with Iringa Development Youth Disabled Children (IDYDC) in supporting children with disability in Iringa.

She further worked with Kuleana in Mwanza as a Child Protection Officer in supporting children and women who faced with violence and discrimination in Mwanza region. From 2013 to 2015, Ms Jubilet worked as a Gender Assistant Officer at World Vision in Arusha Njiro Tanzania.

Ms Jubilet Mlaki holds a Diploma in Gender and Development from Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial Academy in Tanzania.

Jesca Melkior

Jesca Melkior

Accountant

Ms. Jesca is responsible for the bookkeeping and accounting of the Bright Jamii Initiative, including payroll, employee benefits, banking, insurance, and technical assistance in finance. Prior to joining Bright Jamii Initiative, Jesca worked for three years with ASA Microfinance where she went from being a loan officer. She is however,vigorous and committed to the community in making sure that women and youth are empowered economically and socially in understanding there socio-economic rights and child protections.

Having served much of her career in loan administration, tax management and administration and facilitation, as well as direct service counseling, she has a holistic perspective of successful service delivery. She is also recognized as a skilled financial and business advisor to the women economic group.

Jescaholds a Bachelor of Science in Tax Management, awarded by the Institute of Finance Management (IFM), Dar es Salaam. She lives in Dar es Salaam-Tanzania.