The Tanzanian Children’s Fund Announces New Leadership

PRESS RELEASE: January 11, 2018
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The Tanzanian Children’s Fund Announces New Leadership Team

Co-Founder, Peter Leon Mmassy, will be promoted to Executive Director and will be joined by Nick Beecher, who will return to the TCF team as the Director of the Rift Valley Children’s Village

CAMBRIDGE, M.A. – The Board of Directors of the Tanzanian Children’s Fund (TCF) announced today that Peter Leon Mmassy will be promoted to Executive Director, while Nick Beecher will rejoin the TCF team as the Director of the Rift Valley Children’s Village in July of 2018.

Peter not only understands our mission, he helped me build it. Over the past 20 years, I have watched in awe as Peter has grown and evolved as a leader. With Nick, who has equal strength and dedication, at his side, I know these two will take our work to the next level,” said Co-Founder, India Howell.

Howell announced in August that she would be transitioning away from her role as Executive Director to focus on the organization’s fundraising efforts and to continue guiding and nurturing the 97 children who call the Rift Valley Children’s Village home.

Board Chair, Jody Drake, added, “[a]s a Board, we are amazed at the success we have experienced in our first 15 years as an organization. With Peter, Nick and India all working on-site at RVCV, we can’t begin to imagine all that they will accomplish as they take on the next 15.”

Peter will be responsible for developing strategic vision, managing the day-to-day operations, expanding TCF’s existing programs, and leading an on-site staff of more than 120. He will also continue his meaningful work in maintaining government relationships, monitoring growth in infrastructure and fostering relationships with the local community.

Joining Peter in managing these programs and major initiatives, is Nick Beecher, who is returning to TCF as the Director of the Rift Valley Children’s Village. “I could not be more thrilled to work alongside Nick again,” said Mmassy of Beecher, who served as TCF’s Education Director from 2010 to 2012. “Nick is an excellent academician and with one of our current focus areas being building the highest quality education for our kids, he is returning at a critical time.”

In addition to assisting Peter in his leadership, Nick will be responsible for managing the finances, mentoring program leaders, and further developing organizational policies and systems. Nick will be joined by his wife Sheyanga, who formerly served as the on-site Nurse Practitioner in TCF’s Rural Community Health Clinic, and their three children.

Beginning in July 2018, Peter and Nick will embark on their work together to continue TCF’s mission of creating a home for children, transforming communities and building futures in Tanzania.