About Us

Our story

EdAid was formed in 2007 to build a secondary school in Kagera – a region in west Tanzania, close to the borders with Rwanda and Burundi. At the time there were no secondary schools for children to attend in this region. The request to build this school was made to the Anglican Bishop of Wellington (Tom Brown) who was contacted by the Bishop of Kagera (Aaron Kijanjali).

At its inception a Board of Trustees was formed who assumed responsibility to govern the charity as well as to fundraise and manage all areas of administration.

Mchungaji Mwema (Good Shepherd) Secondary School in Kagera was opened in 2007 and in subsequent years more school buildings and infrastructure has been built from the generous donations received from EdAid donors.

EdAid also now works to support additional school building projects in other countries around the world.

Our mission

Providing opportunities for Secondary and Tertiary Education in less developed countries

EdAid aims to raise funds to finance the educational needs, including start up, infrastructure costs and support, and initial operating expenditure of selected places of learning in developing countries. Such projects are selected from those who will welcome on-going project reviews and audits through visits by EdAid representatives; and who will demonstrate the ability to be self-sustaining in terms of finance and work opportunities in the long term.

Board of Trustees

John Rowan
John Rowan BA LLB QC Whanganui Chairperson
My work has included tertiary and university teaching as well as leading national seminars and practical skills training. The initial opportunity to build a secondary school in Central Africa has challenged all my previous life experience. Since the school opened in 2007, Mary and I travel each year to Western Tanzania to help the local people with the school’s continuing development; and associated flow on projects including a nursing school. We are evaluating requests to establish further schools.

Kathleen Fleck
Kathleen Fleck
As a trained teacher and with a long involvement of children's ministry in schools, I value and keenly support the benefits that a good education system can provide in opening up opportunities for young people.

Jeff Lee
Jeff Lee MBA Wellington
I have had over forty years association with East Africa including nine years full-time industrial employment, thereafter occasional local consultancy work. Since 2005 I have made two visits to Western Tanzania where the present project is situated. This was to do “hands on” practical help.

Mary Rowan
Mary Rowan ATCL AIRMT Whanganui
Being keen to see and help young people develop has been a lifelong passion. I have taught music privately and in schools, been the chair of parent teacher organisations and a trustee of Collegiate School Whanganui . EdAid has given me a unique opportunity. Helping young people in under-developed countries is a privilege, and now a major part of my ongoing quest to see young people reach their highest potential.
Mary Rowan
Cliff Studman Wellington
Cliff is a an Hononary Professor of Research at St John’s University of Tanzania at Dodoma Tanzanial.
Jenny Shaw
Jenny Shaw
Jenny has worked most of her life as a secondary school teacher and is passionate about working with the EdAid Board to support equal opportunities in education in less developed countries.
Rev. Barnard Faull
Rev. Barnard Faull
Archdeacon Bernard Faull joined the Ed Aid Board in 2014. Originally from rural Taranaki he studied at St John’s Theological College in Auckland and was ordained as a Priest in 1977. He served in 4 parishes in the Waikato Diocese before moving to Wellington in 1991 as Vicar of Kapiti, then Archdeacon of Kapiti before being appointed as the Diocesan Registrar and Administrator until his retirement in 2014. In 2004 he was made Archdeacon Emeritus. For 23 years he also served the community as a volunteer firefighter. Married to Hilary, they have three married adult children and seven grandchildren. He brings to the EdAid board - ministry, management and administration skills as well as a deep passion for serving Christ and the community. It is a privilege to serve with others in enabling Educational aid and support to be provided in the third world countries the board seeks to serve.
Ian Frater
Ian Frater
Ian works as the finance manager at the Anglican Diocese of Wellington and uses his vast professional experience to support the charity’s ambitions.

Educational Aid for International Development Charitable Trust Board (EdAid)

Incorporated under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957 No 2018320
Registered with the New Zealand Charities Commission No CC10450


PO Box 4292
Whanganui 4541
New Zealand

Phone: 0064 (0)6 345 7334

Email: info@edaid.org