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Kesho/ kay-sho / swahili

(n.) 1.  tomorrow
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        2.  another day just like today
        3.  a new day with endless possibilities
        4.  a day to make a difference in someone's life


Management Team and Full-Time Staff

Elliot Barnes and his motorcyle

Elliot Barnes Executive Director

Elliot, also a founder of Project Kesho, lives in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with his wife Misrak. He divides his time between Dar and working for Project Kesho in Iringa, Tanzania. Elliot Has worked for Project Kesho since the summer of 2007. He has a History Degree and Secondary Educational Certificate from Seattle Pacific University but fell in love with Africa after doing a study abroad in 2004. Since then he has travelled to seven countries in Africa, with plans for many more.

Abbas Sanga digging a well

Abbas Sanga East Africa Program Manager

Abbas is our go to guy in Tanzania. Working with us from the inception of Project Kesho he does everything from translation to contract negotiations to holding village meetings. Speaking three languages fluently, English, Kiswahili and Kikinga, and one conversantly, Kihehe, he is a major asset in the field and an irreplaceable part of our team.

Fidelis Kabogo working on a construction project

Fidelis Kabogo Construction Manager

Fidelis, another local village resident, is adept at all different kinds of carpentry. Currently, with his team, he has built or helped to build four classrooms, two teacher offices, one bathroom and one kitchen in the Lundamatwe and Ulonge Villages.

Jessica Cagley with the children

Jessica Henson Cagley Consultant

Jessica has a BS in Biology from Seattle Pacific University and an MPA and certificate in International Development Policy and Management from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. She worked with Project Kesho in 2009 and 2010 to design, implement, and analyze research looking into the barriers to education in Lundamatwe, Tanzania. Besides education, her interests include agricultural development, nutrition, gender, and foreign assistance policy.

Ryan McAllister with the children

Ryan McAllister Medical Coordinator

Ryan has a B.S. in Biology from California Lutheran University. He works with Washington and California hospitals to acquire reusable or unused medical supply donations for Project Kesho. Ryan currently works in the emergency room as a scribe at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, California. His goal is to help improve medical care in underserved communities.

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