Our Team


Terri Place Mwandu and Caito Mwandu - Executive Team

Terri and Caito started The Baobab Home in 2004. Together they have worked with children and families throughout Bagamoyo and have overseen the purchase and construction of the farm. Their family has continued to grow with Baobab and they now oversee operations between their two homes on the farm and Arusha, where they raise their two children, Justis and Nadya.


Glory, Helena, Grace - House Mamas

The house mamas are the unsung heroes of Baobab. They are all incredibly patient, caring, and have the endurance of a Triathalon athlete. Glory and Grace went to school for childcare and Mama Helena trained on the job as a mother to her own boys. The Baobab kids love their moms dearly. Mama Glory has been the lead house mom at Baobab since we took our first child in 2008. She is trained as a baby/toddler caregiver. She also oversees the medical care of the children.

Cleaning Team

Mama Pili, Mama Pili, Mama Mayasa - Cleaning Mamas

They cook, they clean, they help take care of the kids. They fight the never-ending battle against dirt and chaos on the farm.

Baba Daudi - Cook

Baba Daudi is a father of three and a trained chef with many years of experience. Every school day we cook for no less than 100 people, but Baba Daudi always has a smile on his face and even manages to cook special meals for people with dietary restrictions. His daughter Nazarena attends STA.

Baba Shukuru - Assistant Cook

Baba Shukuru works hard every day to provide nutritious meals to our kids at STA and Baobab, all chemical-free veggies and fruits coming from our own farm or from our neighboring farms. 

Yasini - Purchasing & Finance Manager

Yasini has been a part of the Baobab family since 2005. In 2013, he earned a diploma in Business Management and Administration. In 2015, he began working for us as our Purchasing and Finance Manager. Yasini is instrumental in handling all of the day to day financial duties for Baobab. It is his job to manage and facilitate all expenditures for the farm and school. From keeping the lights on to feeding the kids, Yasini ensures we have the resources necessary to keep everyone happy. 

Joseph - Social Worker & Volunteers Coordinator 

Joseph works as a link between Government and Baobab, and between Baobab's children and their relatives and the community. He also runs a weekly Reading Intervention Program for STA students. Joseph is in charge of coordinating all travel communications with upcoming volunteers and their tasks at STA and Baobab. 

Bibi Halima - HIV/AIDS Adviser  

Halima was the first employee hired by Baobab years ago and has been with us ever since. She fosters two children for us whose mother is mentally ill. She is a leader and adviser of our HIV+ support group for children, Stronger Together. She has HIV and diabetes but is unstoppable, and so is her smile.

Pendo - Farmer

She comes from Monduli, Tanzania and she belongs to the Maasai tribe. With the help of Shabani and Elias, Pendo takes care of our organic farm. Pendo has a daughter, whom she named after one of our volunteers from Israel who inspired her.

Shabani - Farmer

Shabani has been a part of the Baobab farm for most of his life. He is from Bagamoyo and his parents worked here before we bought the farm. We helped Shabani get vocational training in auto mechanics, which he likes very much, but for the time being, he is ‘home’ helping get our farm in great working order.

Elia - Farmer

Elia comes from Tabora, Tanzania. He works alongside Pendo and Shabani to take care of our organic farm. We are currently growing rice, leafy greens, eggplant, hibiscus, pigeon peas, as well as local vegetables. All of this helps provide nutritious meals for the kids at Baobab and Steven Tito Academy. 

Yohanna - Farmer (Biogas & BSFL)

Yohanna is part of our farmer team. His main responsibility is to take care of our biogas system and the BSFL (Black Soldier Fly Larvae). 

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