The Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors are all committed to helping these students, the school and the community.  

Joanne McFadden


Joanne began Aya Education Fund after visiting Tanzania and meeting Charles Shayo at Kilimanjaro.  Upon returning to live in Bomg Ng'ombe, she realized that her past work in non profit management could benefit the students at Kingereka School.  Now with a growing charity, Joanne spends her time communicating with Charles and the teachers to ensure that we are able to help students that need something, pay for fees and look at the long term needs of the school.  

Pam Zajac

I've been an annual supporter of Aya Education Fund for the past three years.  I believe every child should have the opportunity for education.  Access to a school should be readily available and Aya Education Fund has been helping to make that happen.  I can make a difference for children's education with this group and I look forward to being a part of it's growth.


Jen MacDonald

I grew up in a home with a teacher, my dad.  I have three other family members who are also teachers.  Education was extremely important in my family and I grew up knowing that I was going to have to work hard in school and university in order to achieve my dreams.  What drew me to Aya?  I believe it's important to use what knowledge you have to make the world just a little bit better.  A lot of people who don't live in Africa have no idea that in order for any child to go to school there the family has to pay for this privilege, if there is no money that child doesn't go to school.  I can't imagine not having the opportunity to get an education, but it's a very real reality in Africa.  But thankfully with Aya we have the opportunity to help some children better themselves so they can in turn help better the lives of their families.  
I hope by being a part of Aya that I can help bring awareness to what Aya is all about and how the work that's being done is helping the community.

Eloise Pulios

Charles Shayo

Director -Tanzanian Contact

Charles Shayo is a trek guide for Kilimanjaro and our local Tanzanian Board Member.  Charles has a passion for his community, he helps to organize and purchase school supplies, any exam fees, as well as sends photos of the students and of the school. 

Charles is a pilar in his community.  Many neighbours come to visit, seek advice, and sit and speak with him.  He would love for volunteers to come and visit and see how amazing his country is.  He welcomes those who would like to do a homestay and spend time in his village.