Remembering the Past: Ambassador Presents TUSSAA Women’s Empowerment Grant

September 14, 2011

Ambassador Alfonso E. Lenhardt and TUSSAA members at the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam on September 14, 2011. (Photo: U.S. Embassy, Dar es Salaam)

Ambassador Alfonso E. Lenhardt and TUSSAA members at the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam on September 14, 2011.

On September 14, Ambassador Alfonso E. Lenhardt met with Tanzania U.S. State Alumni Association (TUSSAA) recipients of the $25,000.00 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) competition from the Office of Alumni Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. The Ambassador presented the recipients with a gift camera and a certificate from the U.S. Department of State signed by Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Ann Stock.

The recipients are Fulbright and Hubert Humphrey programs alumni Mr. Rasel Mpuya Madaha, Mr. James Jesse, Rehema Monko, Mr. Felix Mlaki, Dr. Elinami Swai, Ms. Grace Mushi, Ms. Happy Kikwa, Mr. Bakari A. Bakari, Mr. Francis Edward Semwaza, Ms. Zena Kiwanga, Ms. Happiness Constantine, Mr. Peter Kabigi, Gift Tyea, Ms. Anna Chikoti, Ms. Wende Mpozi, Ms. Furaha Njovu, Mr. Awadh Awadh, and Ms. Diana Carvalho. Mr. Jesse and his fellows were accompanied by the following TUSSAA leaders: Dr. Peter Mateso (President), Ms. Grace Mushi (Secretary), Ms. Halima Mamuya (Treasurer), Advocate Victoria Mandari (Legal Adviser) and Mr. Peter Masika (Volunteering and Community Services Coordinator).

In his remarks, Ambassador Lenhardt thanked the alumni for their leadership promoting empowerment programs for women and girls. “Promoting active alumni programs is one of my highest priorities. I admire your leadership as U.S.-Tanzania alumni dedicated to ‘giving back’ to your fellow Tanzanians, and your ideas to promote Tanzania’s development. It is essential to include the immense talents and contributions of women towards Tanzania’s development. Your grant supports that vision. I congratulate you in that Tanzania was one of 38 chosen from a total of 683 submitted proposals, and look forward to our continued partnership.” the Ambassador said.

In his remarks, TUSSAA member Mr. James Jesse (Fulbright alumnus 2007), thanked the Ambassador and the American people for their support for alumni programs. “We have been fortunate to receive opportunities that have served our professional goals, and are committed to strengthening our work to promote greater opportunities for young Tanzanians. We thank you and the American people for this opportunity to help women and youth in Sub-Saharan Africa. Through funding our exchanges to the U.S. and through the AEIF, you have contributed to our ability to change lives and improve our country.”

The AEIF competition offers alumni of U.S. government-funded exchange programs the opportunity to address global issues on local, national, regional or international level. TUSSAA’s proposal is titled, “Women’s Empowerment in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa through Capacity Building and Training.”


Buffalo’s Presentation is a Great Success

Photo: Some of the Fulbright Alumni (Dr. Shannon is second from your right)
Dear Ageners and supporters,
I would like to take this opportunity to deeply thank Dr. Shannon Risk for firstly making the presentation at Buffalo a great success in terms of quality in that the majority of Fulbrighters from the region were represented. Among other things, we had the President of the Fulbright Chapter for Western New York and Pennsylvania among the participants. We also had representatives from University of Fredonia, Niagara University, Daemen College and the University at BUffalo. Dr.Shannon also funded refreshments for all participants of the event.
Secondly, Dr. Shannon has donated $200 to AGEN. This fund will be given, as a special fund, to some women entrepreneurs. Priority will be given to women in Morogoro who had no opportunity to receive funds from the Department of the state (their network was established in 2015). Those who are going to receive the fund will write a letter to Dr. Shannon to explain how the fund has helped them to transform their lives.
The check has been sent to Divine Muragijimana in New York who will then make arrangement to transfer the fund to the women in Morogoro. Thank you very much Dr. Shannon.

This Saturday’s Presentation by Rasel Madaha has been moved to new Location

Hi all,

Due to the outstanding response we’ve gotten to Rasel Madaha’s presentation on his work with the non-profit AGEN in Tanzania, helping rural women access micro loans for business and farming, we’ve moved the meeting space. The day and time (6/25 from 4-5 p.m.) remains the same:

St. Joseph University Parish at 3269 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214

Please get the word out to your networks, and thanks!

NB: RSVP to Shannon Risk at:

African Women Entrepreneurs

“I think this is actually a time for Africa to show the rest of the world what is happening for woman entrepreneurs, having opportunities, creating opportunities – more importantly – I think the interesting thing here in Africa is that women are creating those opportunities for themselves and I think that is a game changer,” said Hawken

For details please visit

Call for Applications

AGEN&AGEN-USA Inc,  a not-for-profit incorporated in Tanzania and New York, USA, is currently looking for committed individuals to serve as board members.

Before applying, please  visit and read vision, mission and Agenda 2030

Qualifications of board membership include but not limited to:
a)Ability to communicate in English fluently

b) willingness to devote one’s resources including time and money to help the organization achieve its mission,

c) willingness to travel and live in remote areas for two or more days.

d) ability to use social media such as whatsapp, Facebook etc

e) Ability to give innovative ideas that can transform our organization.

If you think that you meet the above mentioned qualifications, please email your CV to me as soon as possible. My email is or

Mr. Rasel Madaha

Empowering grassroots men and women globally