Dodoma STT Team
Senior Project Officers
Justin Stephen Chidawali
I was born in Nzuguni Village, in Dodoma Municipality, and then my parents moved to Mpwapwa district when I was in standard three at primary school; I spent four years of my primary school years at Pwaga primary school. In 1989 I joined Folk Development College (FDC) Chisalu-Mpwapwa for two years course in general Agriculture. After I finished my training in 1990 I was employed by the Anglican Diocese of Central Tanganyika (DCT) at Chamhawi Christian and community development centre to work as Farm manger and Agricultural teacher. In July 1991 I was transferred to Buigiri School for the Blind, worked as a farm manager and taught Agriculture for Agricultural Rehabilitation centre for adult blind people (A.R.B). In 1996-1997 I did a Diploma course (in General Agriculture) from (Glasgow) International correspondence Schools ICS. While working at Buigiri, I met Geoff Beaumont from Sunseed Desert Technology who was staying at the house which was next to my house. When Geoff explained to me that SDT is going to start building solar cookers I was very interested to learn a new knowledge that is good for our environment. My knowledge of surrounding environment and my Agricultural experience made me a suitable person to work with them.
Geoff and other volunteers from Sunseed Desert Technology started to work in Dodoma region. I started working part time as liaison officer. I continued working part time with SDT while still employed by (DCT).
My first solar box cooker that I made for the first time it reached a temperature of (135˚c) this increased my passion to solar cookers. In the year 2000 STT sponsored me to make my first visit to United Kingdom and Spain it was the longest journey (first time to get out of my country Tanzania, and out of my continent Africa ). It was good opportunity for me because I visited important places e.g Royal Kew botanical gardens, Natural History Museum, Kyoto garden, Stonehenge, Suspension bridge in Bristol, and walked around York walls. In 2003 Arnold Pease asked me to work with Donald Lunan to do research on mycorrhizae inoculation of trees. In 2004-2005 I was employed by Sunseed Desert Technology as a consultant to the Mycorrhizae project. And In 2006 I was employed by Sunseed Tanzania Trust (STT) as Technical officer for DEPII. I am now studying for a diploma in ecology through Stonebridge Associates.
I was born 1976 in Singida region central zone of Tanzania. I attended primary school in my village (Ngamu) 1986 to 1992. I then attended Secondary school in Singida from 1994 to 1997. I then joined MIGESADO (Dodoma Biogas and other Alternative Energies Organisation) where, in Dodoma in 199-2000 I undertook a certificated one year environment conservation course in theory and practical training about biogas, underground and surface rainwater harvesting tanks, stoves and alternative energies on 1999 to 2000 and get a Certificate. I continued to work for MIGESADO until February 2008 before joining STT On March 2008. From 30th May to 03rd August 2007 I went to the Peoples’ Republic of China for a two months taining course on Environment Conservation.
I had known about STT’s work for some time and when the opportunity came in January 2008 to apply for a job with the Trust I applied and was accepted. On 03 March 2008 I joined STT team with full of working spirit.
I was promoted to Senior Project Officer in July 2010 and look forward to continuing my career with STT.
Project Development Officers
I was born 25 years ago in Mwanza City. I gained my Bachelor degree in Environmental Planning and Management in 2008, at the Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP) in Dodoma. I published my own research titled ‘Contribution of Public-Private Sectors Partnership in Environmental Management Along Lake Victoria in Mwanza City’.
I am very pleased to have been working with (STT) since 5th January 2009. I’m very interested in working towards STT objectives through encouraging the community to use the improved stoves and planting trees using Mychorriza technology in order to minimise the use of firewood and conserve the environment against desertification.
My main role with STT is to work with Gideon on the stove project in all of the STT villages. My particular responsibility is to run cooking demonstrations which show how to use the stove. I am also working with Amy to develop training on how to use the stoves in the schools.
Lastly, I thank God and the STT team because during my Bachelor Degree I studied the Environment theoretically but now my goals come true because STT enables me to practice more on environmental conservation for sustainable development.