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KCEM Education Centre and Pre-school

KCEM = Kituo Cha Elimu Meserani, translated from Swahili to English = Meserani Education Centre. KCEM education centre and pre-school is located in Meserani village, near Arusha in Northern Tanzania.

Our staff

Centre Manager, Nai

naiNai has been our talented, committed and inspirational Centre manager since 2007 and always has the students' best interests at heart. She oversees the strategic and operational running of KCEM, including managing the budget, overseeing delivery of the courses, managing the staff and liaising with the Tanzanian Board of trustees. Nai is the main point of contact for LivLife and works closely with us on all grant management tasks (prioritisation of funds, monitoring, audit, reporting etc).

Deputy Manager, Shadrack

shadShadrack began working at KCEM in 2011 and has taught a range of courses including English and French (and is a talented pianist!). He supports Nai as the deputy manager and is well respected and liked by the staff and students. He is ambitious and committed to KCEM's development and co-managed the 5km a day fundraiser from the Tanzanian side with LivLife, helping to raise over £8000 for KCEM.

Teaching and support staff

staffKCEM has a teaching staff of 14 including one student placement. This includes the pre-school staff, teaching staff, facilities and security.

Our trustees

David Adam

David AdamDavid was working in Tanzania in 2006 when he first met the wonderful staff and students of KCEM. He later worked for LivLife for a year developing projects with the KCEM teaching staff and has been a trustee for LivLife since 2016. David works in Development and Humanitarian project management, specialising in design, monitoring and evaluation.

Jacques Domican-Bird

JacquesJacques has been connected with LivLife for over ten years, since his first visit to KCEM in Tanzania in 2012. For a number of years, Jacques led and supported volunteers from the University of Nottingham in fundraising and other activities to support KCEM staff and students. During this time, Jacques led many fundraising efforts, including the Yorkshire Three Peaks, National Three Peaks, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and entertainment events. Since 2019, Jacques has been a Trustee for LivLife and is also a full-time solicitor, based in London.

Jennifer Bradshaw

Jennifer BradshawJen Bradshaw started working as a primary school teacher in 2006. She lived in Meserani and volunteered at KCEM for 9 months in 2010, using her skills to train teachers and write a new English syllabus. She loved getting to know the wonderful teachers and students and continues to have regular contact with them as a trustee. She currently works as an assistant headteacher and feels very passionately about education being the bedrock of society.

Dr Jessica Baxendale

jessJess co-founded KCEM education centre. In 2004 she began working with fellow student, Max Griffiths, to fundraise and recruit student volunteers to build KCEM, and in the summer of 2005 co-managed the build in Tanzania. Jess set up Working in Tandem (WiT), a student volunteer organisation at the University of Nottingham UK, to support KCEM. WiT sent over 140 volunteers to Tanzania and brought 5 teachers to the UK for training. Jess works in Global Health including management of high profile strategic advisory and evaluation projects focused on Low and Middle Income countries.

Ruth Taylor

Ruth TaylorRuth has been a trustee for LivLife since 2015, with responsibilities for managing our finances. Ruth is Head of Funding Delivery at Guy's & St Thomas'‚Äč Foundation. She is interested in social change, gender, and human rights and experienced across the diverse, challenging fields in the UK of international development, sexual and reproductive health and rights, health and social care, children's hospices, sport and volunteering.

Sam Yates

Sam YatesSam has been the Executive Director of LivLife since 2005. This has included programme co-ordination and management of 18 concurrently running education projects in Tanzania, including budgeting, financial management, monitoring & evaluation, allowing us to reach over 1,000 beneficiaries annually. Further parallel projects have included the building and development of three education centres in the Arusha region of Tanzania and adjacent kindergartens, outreach programmes for more remote regions, links to Employment projects, the building of a tailoring workshop and the development of related education programmes in tailoring / business and the development of a School-to-School Project which creates links between classrooms in the UK and Tanzania and includes regular overseas development trips.

Secured funds of over £100,000 since April 2008 from a range of different sources: individual givers, supporter-led fundraising, building corporate relationships, fundraising events, volunteer student groups, campaigns, trusts & grants and through effective supporter stewardship.

Marketing the charity through a variety of methods including social networking, videos, photography, press releases in local, regional and national magazines & newspapers and public speaking events.