Malaika Kids is an international network of foundations with only one goal: helping orphaned children in Tanzania.

Malaika Kids Tanzania

Malaika Kids Tanzania takes care of the execution of the Relatives Support Program, the running of the Malaika Kids Village, the development of the Self Sustainability program and the creation of local awareness and fundraising.

Malaika Kids Netherlands, Malaika Kids UK, Malaika Kids USA

The other Malaika Kids organisations are mainly for fundraising and support to Malaika Kids Tanzania on various issues.

The organisation is an Association with all local Foundations as members.  All members agree in the General Meeting of Members on issues like:

  • Vision, mission and goals,
  • Medium and long term planning,
  • New projects
  • Working committees
  • Coordination of fundraising and funds utilisation
  • Reporting requirements
  • Branding and licensing

Malaika Kids International Board

The Board of Malaika Kids International consists of individuals nominated by the local foundations plus the original founders of Malaika Kids.  The Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer are appointed in function.

The current Board:

Najma Manji,  Founder Malaika Kids

Najma Manji has been helping orphans in Dar es Salaam as long as she can remember. In 2004 she started the Malaika Kids organisation with the help of her daughter Jamilla, her son-in-law Ted and Ton Willemsen.




Ton Willemsen, Chairperson Malaika Kids International and Malaika Kids Netherlands, Trustee Malaika Kids UK

During the past 30 years Ton led various companies, quoted and unquoted. Next to his work Ton has always been active with extracurricular activities concerning Education, Sports and Charity.  At the moment he is a non executive director in various companies.



Ted Koch, Secretary and Co-Founder

Ted is together with his wife a co-founder of Malaika Kids. He runs a software company in The Netherlands.





Maarten Steemers, Treasurer

Maarten joined Malaika Kids shortly after he retired as chartered accountant with KPMG.





Alan Edwards, Member Malaika Kids International and Chairperson Malaika Kids UK

Alan was elected Chairman in May 2014. He was previously a Director of Ford of Europe, and led the Liabilities Management Unit of the DTI (the forerunner to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority).




Nigel Andrews, Member Malaika Kids International and Chairperson Malaika Kids USA

Nigel is a retired executive following a career at GE, Booz Allen and Shell. Most recently he was an EVP and member of the Office of the CEO at GE Capital. He is a director of Old Mutual PLC and Chemtura Corporation, a trustee of the Victory Funds and a Governor of the London Business School. Nigel is married with three grown daughters and resides in Westport CT. He is a keen skier, loves good wine and is an extensive world traveler.



Jamilla Koch, Co-founder Malaika Kids and Trustee of Malaika Kids Tanzania

Jamilla is the daughter of Najma Manji and together with her mother and her husband she came up with the idea to set up an organisation in Europe to help her mother in realising her dream; helping orphans in Tanzania