“Helping children across Tanzania to access education gives me great joy and a sense of certainty that I am in the right place in life. It highly motivates me and gives me the energy to continue the work that we do. I especially want to motivate girls and young women to acquire education as that is one of the best ways to find independence, and to have an improved socioeconomic status.” – Sheila
Sheila is truly a leader of Childreach Tanzania and has significantly contributed to the organisation’s success and growth. Sheila began her career at Childreach Tanzania in November 2010 filling the role of Operations Manager. When Anita Chilunda, the previous Country Director, left the organisation it soon became clear that Sheila was the right person to take Childreach Tanzania forward. Due to her commitment to the organisation’s values and undeniable leadership ability, Sheila was promoted to Country Director in 2012.
In addition to becoming the Country Director in 2012, Sheila received a Master of Business Administration in Human Resources Management from the University of Dar es Salaam. During her time at Childreach Tanzania she has been able to translate theory into practice to best support the Childreach Tanzania team and target communities, and she is driven by her strong belief that “a person can transform their life through education more than anything else.”
Sheila works directly with Childreach International’s UK team and other affiliate offices around the world. Over the past four years Sheila has been able to develop an organisational culture centered on respect, dedication, and teamwork. Sheila describes the Childreach team as, “young, energetic, vibrant, passionate about what they do, independent, rational, interested in development, and most of all they care about children and the community.” Sheila’s leadership and the dedication of the Childreach
Tanzania team have been at the heart of the success of the last five years.
Sheila was selected as a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow, a flagship programme of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative, and spent seven weeks in the United States of America learning about Civic Leadership. She was based at Arizona State University and had an opportunity to learn, share and network with leaders in America, other young African leaders from across the African continent and attended a town hall meeting with President Obama in Washington DC. In 2016, she recieved the additional honour of being named a 'Best Woman Achiever' in Tanzania by the Nyerere Golden Awards.