Friends of East Meru Community School is a new UK charity which has been set up to support the work of East Meru Community School. The main function of the charity is to raise awareness and funds and to support the work of the local management team. It has been created by a small group of individuals who have seen the work of the project first hand and who are committed to ensuring its success. The charity is now handling the majority of UK donations with a view to ensuring that donations and sponsorship payments from UK tax payers can be Gift Aided and used as effectively as possible. For more information please go to the Charity Commission website.

Meet the Trustees:

NIGEL retired from teaching in 2006 after teaching PE and Design Technology for 40 yrs.


Having always been involved in outdoor activities he decided to celebrate his retirement by climbing Kilimanjaro.


Nigel enjoyed being in Tanzania so much that he and his wife Pat decided to return for 2 years, which is how he came to meet Ian, the Founder Director of EMCS, when they were both working at The School of St Jude.


They are both sponsors and have remained strong supporters of the school since then and return to Tanzania whenever possible, hence the reason for his willingness to take on the responsibility of being our Chairman.

JANE first visited Tanzania in 2006 to climb Kilimanjaro and vowed that she would return, having heard first hand of the barriers that many Tanzanians face in receiving a quality education.

Having previously worked in the Bahamas, the UK, and Indonesia, she returned in 2011 as the Academic Head at The School of St Jude where she met Ian and Mary, and then as the School Coordinator at Orkeeswa in Monduli.


Jane now handles much of our communication and promotional content and as the charity Treasurer, works actively to raise funds for the school, returning to Tanzania whenever possible to support the work of the local management team

JON was Head of Imberhorne School in East Grinstead for 10 years before he moved to Tanzania in 2013.


He was the School Director at The School of St Jude until 2015, when he became the Advisor to the Rwanda Education Board in Kigali.

Whilst working in Tanzania Jon met Mary, one of the Founder Directors of the EMCS project, who was also working at The School of St Jude. 


Although he has now returned to the UK he and his wife Sandra are sponsors and remain supporters of the project. His managerial experience is particularly useful to the rest of the Board. 

PAT taught in various educational establishments including an outdoor centre, a community school for boys, an inner city school and an independent school before retiring in 2006. 

Pat first visited Tanzania with her husband Nigel in 2009 and again in 2011. In 2012 they returned for 2 years to oversee the Boarding facilities at The School of St Jude.


She met Ian and Mary during this time and became a dedicated supporter of the school, returning each year to help with the selection of new pupils.


Pat has also been very instrumental in finding sponsors and donors from the UK and is our charity Secretary.

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East Meru Community School

Maruvango Village


P.O. Box 36

Usa River



East Meru Community School is a private English medium Primary School registered with the Tanzanian Ministry of Education and Vocational Skills. Reg No: AR.03/7/018

Owned by Tikundane a Tanzanian registered NGO. Reg. No: 00004359 UK Registered Charity Friends of East Meru Community School No.1168456 

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