Rescuing Children. Restoring Hope. Transforming Lives.

Meet the Management Team

With the full support of the Board of Trustees, Amani Children’s Home is led by a team of dedicated professionals.

Meindert Schaap, Executive Director


Meindert works in close collaboration with the management team to ensure Amani runs smoothly and is effective in rescuing street children, giving them positive futures. He focuses on organizational and programme development, staff capacity building, financial transparency and sustainability, raising international support for Amani, and advocating for street children’s rights. Meindert holds a Master’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology and certificates in Training and Action Research, and has over 15 years of experience in managing innovative projects for street children internationally.

Japhary Salum, Social Work Coordinator


Japhary runs the social work programs at Amani, which include street education, family reunification, counseling, and advocacy. Japhary has graduate and post-graduate degrees in Social Work, as well as a certificate in Organizational Development. Before coming to Amani, Japhary taught social work at the Newman Institute of Social Work.

Rogasian Massue, Primary Care Services Coordinator


Rogasian handles Amani’s primary care services, which include everything having to do with daily life at the home – day and night caregiving, health care, the kitchen, supplies and inventory, sports, faith, and extracurricular activites. Rogasian has a BA in sociology and has an extensive background in children’s rights, project management, and monitoring and evaluation. Before coming to Amani, Rogasian worked as an advisor for Progressio in Northwest Somalia (Somaliland).

Brenda Mnzava, Education Coordinator


Brenda runs the education programs at Amani, which provide education to over 200 children living at the centre, with families in the community, and at boarding schools. Brenda has a degree in early childhood education and a diploma in HIV/AIDS counseling. Before joining the Amani team, Brenda was the primary school principal at East Africa International School in Dar es Salaam.