Janika grew up in Moshi, so has known Amani for as long as she can remember. She has always been aware of the amazing work that they do in providing a nurturing, supportive and fun environment for children and young adults who have had a very tough start in life.
Having since grown out of simply playing on the Amani playground, Janika became a board member of Friends of Amani UK in 2015 after starting her own career in the international development sector, where she works predominantly on public health issues. Janika remains as convinced of Amani’s approach as ever, and is enjoying getting stuck into being a UK board member.
In her free time, Janika loves walking her giant dogs, bouts of intensive reading, and spending days pottering in the kitchen.
In July 2003, Martin was taken to the old Amani home for the first time. He was astounded at the conditions there, including a room in which around 50 kids slept 3 to a bed, with bunk beds standing 4 deep. A fire pit acted as a kitchen, and a dusty courtyard as the playground. Yet it was clear that this home was so much better than the environment these children had come from. The physical features ignored the way that this little home was so special - the sense of community and togetherness, the respect they clearly showed for each other and simply the kindness that flowed. This little house was their castle and in it were the seeds of the new lives they needed to nurture. That experience was enough for Martin to get stuck in, and he can be proud of the part he has played in ensuring Amani is where it is today.
Before joining Amani, Martin spent years heading a travel company specialising in overland trips through Africa and Asia - this photo was taken on one such trip in 1979! He has since retired, and is in charge of the accounts for Friends of Amani UK.
Meet the board
Jon has been involved with FOA-UK since 2010 after researching a suitable charitable cause for a planned climb of Mt Kilimanjaro. It was Amani's ethos and financial integrity that caught his eye and Amani Children's Home ticked all the boxes.
Jon and his wife Wendy were able to combine the Kili climb with a visit to Amani Children's Home in February 2012.
Jon is married with three grown up children and lives in Shropshire. He enjoys travelling, walking and spending time with his family and four dogs. Jon joined the board in 2016 to assist with fundraising and raising the Amani profile in the UK.
Cathie has been connected to Amani since 2002 when she first visited the old bungalow and was overwhelmed with the combination of joy, hope and poverty. Since then, Cathie has visited Moshi many times as her work beyond Amani has taken her to East Africa. Looking at the field that was to become the new Amani home, attending the opening celebrations and much later visiting the nearly constructed transition houses stand out as highlights.
Cathie is passionate about the work of Amani as it does what it says, rescues children, restores hope and transforms lives. Married with 3 children and 4 grandchildren, she works part-time for the Navigators, a Christian teaching and training charity. Cathie loves socialising with family and friends, walking in the countryside, reading, and is heavily involved with her local church family.