Board of Directors



Susan has been a close part of our family for many years and we all always look forward to her annual volunteer stay with us in Tanzania. Sue is a beloved member of the Tarangire House at the Children’s Village and in addition to sharing walks with the children and celebrations with the mamas she always uses her 20 years of retail management experience with Polo Ralph Lauren to whip our storage containers that house our supply of clothing, shoes and more into shape each year!



India Howell has lived and worked in Tanzania since 1998. She has devoted her life to improving the lives of orphaned and marginalized children. She founded the Rift Valley Children’s Village in 2004 by opening her own home to 17 children in need. Little did she know that one day over 90 children would be living with her at RVCV. Today India is the legal guardian of over 90 children and she is known throughout northern Tanzania as ‘Mama India,’ a woman who has provided not only a home to unwanted children but hope and employment to villagers who have never had a job, and scholarships to high achieving students in the local community. India is the first to say that she has not done this work alone. Hardworking and selfless, practical and compassionate, she inspires tremendous loyalty from friends and colleagues. India has found her work, her passion, and her home in Tanzania.


Nicole joined the TCF Board in November 2018. After falling in love with Africa in 1988 while living in Nigeria, she was able to return as part of a 2006 healthcare team visit to RVCV. Nicole then visited RVCV seven times over ten years, excited by the growth she witnessed and inspired by the “children first” philosophy as well as the love that is evident in all aspects of the work of the RCVC. A retired Nurse Practitioner living outside of Calgary, Nicole has 34 years of experience working in various healthcare-related positions, including front-line work, management, education and training, community development, and Primary Care. Prior to joining the TCF team, she served on the board of the Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation for 7 years. In 2018, she returned once again to Tanzania, this time on holiday with family and friends. They stopped at RVCV so she could share where she has spent time over the years and show off what she admires to her loved ones. Having seen the brilliant difference that RVCV has made in the lives of so many in the community, Nicole is excited about the potential for growth and support from Canada and to be a part of the process.

Mary Gallagher - TCF BOD (1)


Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Mary began her career with the world’s largest real estate board more than 20 years ago, and has specialized in the public affairs sector for more than 13 years. Naturally energetic, forever the eternal optimist and never afraid to do the “work,” these qualities helped Mary thrive in many other areas of life such as yoga training, and other volunteer work, but with a passion for children, family, and travel, the Tanzanian Children’s Fund was a perfect place to explore life’s next adventure. Forever touched by the work TCF does, Mary will continue to look for opportunities to help grow and contribute the TCF family/experience.



Ron joined the TCF Canada board in November, 2018. He currently lives in Victoria, BC and has over 35 years of land acquisition and public involvement experience in the energy industry. Ron retired in 2015 from the business he founded in 2000 but stays active still through a Board position with the company. Prior to joining the TCF Board Ron was a member of the Board for the Calgary Chapter of the MS Society of Canada as well as the Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation which introduced him to the Tanzanian Children’s Fund. Ron visited the children’s village in May, 2018 accompanying his daughter who spent 5 weeks volunteering. Ron hopes to expand TCF Canada’s exposure especially in Western Canada.


The Tanzanian Children’s Fund of Canada is a Canadian Registered Charity.

Charitable Registration number is: 829450394RR0001


Relieve poverty by advancing educational opportunities for underprivileged youth in Tanzania by providing systemic intervention, scholarships, institutional improvements, and skills-based training.

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