The DAKA Network continues to build on strong partnerships between Dar es Salaam and Hamburg by connecting professional social workers, educators, and activists. Learn more about the participants from Dar es Salaam for this year’s exchange in the update below. Please note that we still have a few slots available for participants from Hamburg! If you are based in Hamburg and are interested in joining this diverse group of unique professionals from Tanzania, click here to learn more.

Selina Victor is Journalist and Public Relations Officer who hold a Degree in Mass Communication. For more than seven years she has been working in the production department for radio/tv social programs. With Ruka Creatives Company Ltd. Under “Boresha Radio” Selina served as an assistant producer and broadcaster for various radio programs such as #TupoSawa Swahili for (we both equal) a program that raises awareness of people living with albinism. She also worked on #WezeshaBiashara Swahili for (Empower business, providing entrepreneurship education), and #Yaliyojiri, a daily news program as a co-news anchor.

Mawila Khamsini was introduced to HipHop & Graffiti Art in 1988 through Cassette tales and Yo! MTV Raps VHS tapes that were on rotation at school and among friends. He became interested in the imaginary fonts and characters that made up Graffiti on most back pages of HipHop magazines such as The Source magazine, Vibe etc. Mawila started with paper drawings before getting introduced to the use of Spraycans, which at the time was not a tool meant for Art in Tanzania. His first complete piece was in 2000 called ‘KINGZ’ painted in his parent’s backyard, it received remarkable attention from his parents and neighbors.

Margareth Mazwile is the Principle Community Development officer at the Dar es Salaam City Council for more than 30 years. She has a Masters degree in Community Economic Development and a Masters degree in Urban Development. She works with women, youth, and people with disabilities in the loan scheme department engaging over 1000 groups through a revolving fund scheme. “We believe provisions of loans to women, youths and people with disabilities will help them to acquire capital for their income generating projects.” — Margareth Mazwile

Abdallah Mikulu works with Nipe Fagio (NF), Swahili for “give me the broom,” a civil society organization that provides education on waste management and reduction of pollution. Abdallah leads the Zero Waste Model (Project) in Dar es Salaam which improves solid waste management practices and encourages waste segregation at the source and increases waste collectors’ competence. You can reach him at mikulujr@gmail.com LinkedIn Abdallah Mikulu, Twitter @Abdallah Mikulu, he enjoys reading, swimming, and playing & watching football matches. 

Geofrey Mwangalika produces development multimedia content such as documentaries, films, visual aids, etc. He recently registered Mimossa Studios to expand his work while providing opportunities to aspiring digital artists.” I am specifically passionate about social projects, which is reflected in my experience working with non-profit organizations such as the Foundation for Civil Society, Nipe Fagio, TAYOA, the University of Ardhi, UNA Canada and Rotary Tanzania.”

Prisila Stanslaus holds a degree in banking and finance and is now overseeing the financial management at Kijani Collection and Saving Africa’s Nature in Tanzania. She is also involved with a women’s empowerment program in the village of Gongo through weaving, fabrics, handcraft, and other livelihood activities. “I believe through the work of every one of us we can make the world a better place for every being.”

Venance Temu is a graduate of Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Economic Diplomacy and holder of Bachelor Degree in International Relations. Mr. Temu has experience of working with Local, Government, and International institutions on issues regarding Peace. Mr. Temu is a Facilitator of Peace-building, C/PVE Trainer, and Coordinator of GNRC—Tanzania Children Peace Programs. Currently, he is a Program Assistant coordinating all Peace Club Activities and a General Secretary of Youth In Action Platform in Tanzania

Dorothy Mrema is an international education consultant and early childhood education (ECD) specialist with a Masters degree in International Education Policy from Harvard University. Dorothy led the research for the World Bank’s pilot program for early years stimulation in Tanzania. She also guided the design of the very first playscape design in Tanzania geared to support physical play, social play, language play, exploratory play, constructive play, and pretend play., “I’m very passionate about providing safe and supportive spaces for young children to develop and enhance the trajectory of their lives.”