About Us

Mission Statement

Providing opportunities for Secondary and Tertiary Education in Central Africa

EdAid aims to raise funds to finance the educational needs, including start up, infrastructure costs and support, and initial operating expenditure of selected places of learning in developing countries. Such projects are selected from those who will welcome on-going project reviews and audits through visits by EdAid representatives; and who will demonstrate the ability to be self-sustaining in terms of finance and work opportunities in the long term.


Board of Trustees

John Rowan
John Rowan BA LLB QC Whanganui Chairperson
My work has included tertiary and university teaching as well as leading national seminars and practical skills training. The initial opportunity to build a secondary school in Central Africa has challenged all my previous life experience. Since the school opened in 2007, Mary and I travel each year to Western Tanzania to help the local people with the school’s continuing development; and associated flow on projects including a nursing school. We are evaluating requests to establish further schools.

Kathleen Fleck
Kathleen Fleck
As a trained teacher and with a long involvement of children's ministry in schools, I value and keenly support the benefits that a good education system can provide in opening up opportunities for young people.

Jeff Lee
Jeff Lee MBA Wellington
I have had over forty years association with East Africa including nine years full-time industrial employment, thereafter occasional local consultancy work. Since 2005 I have made two visits to Western Tanzania where the present project is situated. This was to do “hands on” practical help.

Doug Norris
Doug Norris BSc UED Wellington
I was born in the Kingdom Lesotho in Southern Africa. Having started my career as a science teacher, I changed to IT in the mining and oil industries. My roles in South Africa, New Zealand, Pakistan and the Sultanate of Oman included training local staff to fill roles traditionally allocated to expatriates. I married in 1973 and we have two daughters. My experience gained from living among people from a diverse set of backgrounds has convinced me that a common worldwide need is the availability of universal education. I believe that a sound education is the single most important factor in alleviating poverty and bitterness in the world. EdAid is ideally placed to contribute to the alleviation of the crisis resulting from inadequate education facilities at secondary level and beyond.

Mary Rowan
Mary Rowan ATCL AIRMT Whanganui
Being keen to see and help young people develop has been a lifelong passion. I have taught music privately and in schools, been the chair of parent teacher organisations and a trustee of Collegiate School Whanganui . EdAid has given me a unique opportunity. Helping young people in under-developed countries is a privilege, and now a major part of my ongoing quest to see young people reach their highest potential.
Mary Rowan
Cliff Studman Wellington
Cliff is a an Hononary Professor of Research at St John’s University of Tanzania at Dodoma Tanzanial.


Educational Aid for International Development Charitable Trust Board (EdAid)

Incorporated under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957 No 2018320
Registered with the New Zealand Charities Commission No CC10450

Donate to EdAid

Good Shepherd Secondary School Appeal
PO Box 4292 Whanganui 4541
Contact John Rown QC
06 3457334