Meet the people behind JENGA!

Melanie Steggink (43)
Origin: Holland / Living on Zanzibar for 9 years
Education & profession: Bachelor Social Work / Master degree solution-focused short therapy / Master degree in Intensive Ambulant Family Counselling.

“From 1997 to 2007 I worked in different social & therapeutic settings. For 2 years at a reintegrating program for recovering drug addicts, 5 years as a social worker with teen-age mothers in a multidisciplinary facility that housed all service required by teen mums, and the last 3 years as an Intensive Remedial Teaching Family Therapist. In 2007 I moved to Zanzibar to manage my own guesthouse and the first kite centre on Zanzibar. Whenever I’m back in Holland, I work at a 24 hour care setting for children who can’t live with their families on a long or short-term base.”

Mrisho Haji Vuai (43)
Origin: Zanzibar
Education: Bachelor in Hotel & Tourism / Food Production /Human Recourse Management at Mwalimu Nyerere Academy.

“From 1998 to 2003 I worked at the Visitors Inn Hotel as a chef de cuisine. In 2010 I became the Assistant Manager. Since 2001 I’m a member of the Hands Across Borders Society, since 2008 I’m also a member of the Board of Directors at a Marine Culture Organization. For these two organizations, I used to be a translator in the field. I work a lot with government institutions, like Ministry of Education, Environment & Commission for Tourism. Since 2006 I’ve he been working with Acra as a Public Relation Officer on the project Asila cooperation, in Jambiani, Paje, Bwejuu and Nungwi.”

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