After two incredible years leading our groundbreaking programme working to combat Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage, it is with huge gratitude that we say goodbye to our Tanzania Programme Manager Jo Small. Jo leaves TackleAfrica and Tanzania to return to her native Germany to continue to work in the sport for development sector, which is great news for everyone. An accomplished player and coach with a huge passion for development, Jo will be a tough act to follow and an asset to any programme she works on. Jo worked closely with dozens of coaches and players, as well as our partners Iringa Development of Youth Disabled and Children Care (IDYDC), Plan Tanzania, BT Supporters Club and the Children’s Dignity Forum.
It is safe to say that Jo covered more miles on the Tanzanian roads in her two years than any other TackleAfrica staff member probably ever will, working tirelessly to reach often very remote locations, training staff at our partner organisations to deliver our innovative curriculum to push for an end to harmful cultural practices. And it’s no coincidence that our programme there was this week shortlisted for a Beyond Sport award. This could not have happened without Jo.
A few messages and memories to send you on your way Jo – we wish you the very best.
From the Tanzania team across the country… Starting with Mkenobi who told us how Jo had influenced her work, “I enjoyed working with Jo because sometimes she advised me on how to work perfectly and helped with my ambitions in a systematic way. It was like more thought for good ideas. I thank Jo for the time she spent, thank you so much! Wishing you a nice and joyous life. With regards from Mkenobi Tungalaza.”
Huruma Mushi sent a fantastic photo of Jo enjoying her favourite Tanzanian dish of Chips Yai and said “I’m very lucky to work with Jo, she was a hard worker, cooperative, transparency and engagement. I really enjoyed working with her especially on Focus Group Discussion at Ludewa, Makambako and Njombe because I learned a lot of things which would help me in my daily duties. Johanna is very fun and she likes eating especially “chips yai”!”
Vicent said “goodbye Jo, we’ll remember your humour, hard work, understanding and problem-solving. Goodbye and all the best!”
Charlie, our CEO, remembers meeting Jo as she took the first step towards Tanzania, and again on her way out, “I first met Jo two years ago at Paddington Station on her way to Heathrow the day she flew to Tanzania and am meeting her again there later this month on her return. That seems to capture a small bit of life at TackleAfrica.”
Matt the Regional Programme Manager for Southern Africa but when Jo started was the Programme Manager for neighbouring Uganda, said, “It was great working with Jo, even if we didn’t work directly together on many projects. Her passion for the work was infectious, and she has left an indelible mark on TackleAfrica’s work in Tanzania.”
Fellow Regional Programme Manager for East Africa Laura echoed these sentiments. “Jo, you brought a huge energy to TackleAfrica’s work in Tanzania, always striving to make the programme as impactful as possible. You will be missed!”
Yianny Ioannou, Head of Coaching and Operations, said “I echo everyone’s sentiments. Jo, you were awesome!”
Tunakushukuru sana dada. Tutaonana!
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