Village Life Outreach Project, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit international organization working in collaboration with Shirati Health, Education, Development (SHED) Foundation in Tanzania, East Africa.

Since 2004, we have been partnering with SHED to help communities gain access to clean, safe water, healthcare resources, and nutritional programs.

TOGETHER… we act as a catalyst for change to revolutionize aid through relationships and sustainability!


To unite communities to promote Life, Health, and Education


We believe that by developing partnerships aimed at reducing poverty, disease, and malnutrition, we improve lives in Tanzania and in our local communities.

Core Values

Meet Our Staff

Village Life Staff

○ Coming Soon! – CEO/Executive Director
Micaela Bresler, PharmD – Director of Programs
Melanie Atwood – Chief Transformation Officer

Micaela Bresler, PharmD – Director of Programs

SHEDF and Roche Health Center (RHC) Staff

  • Nyamusi Jo Magatti – SHEDF Executive Director
  • Migera Migire – SHEDF Accountant
  • Lucy Phillip – SHEDF Secretary
  • Phillip (Adek) Okello – SHEDF Driver
  • Benson Mathube – RHC Clinical Officer
  • Musa Daudi – RHC Nurse Midwife
  • Cecilia Weisiko – RHC Part Time Nurse midwife
  • Ezra Keya – RHC Lab Technologist
  • Rebekah Charles – RHC Nurse Assistant
  • Tina David – RHC Nurse Assistant
  • Hidaya Kayaka–  RHC Nurse Assistant
  • Jona Otota – RHC Security Guard
  • Tobias John – RHC Security Guard
  • Clife Jared – RHC Grounds
  • Claris Onyango – RHC Custodian & Laundress
SHEDF and Roche Health Center (RHC) Staff

SHEDF Board of Directors

  • Erick Kawira – Board Chair
  • Nyamusi Jo Magatti – Board Secretary General & Executive Director
  • Timothy Kawira – Board Treasurer
  • Patrick Creary – Board Member & Education Director
  • Esther Kawira – Board Member & Medical Director
  • Otieno Shemaya – Board Member & Development Director
  • Martin Nyambock – Board Member
  • Ouru Abuya – Board Member
  • Ellen Akinyi – Board Member
  • Mrs Miriam Ngoya – Board Member
Nyamusi Jo Magatti – Board Secretary General & Executive Director

Village Life Board of Directors

Sharon Grenberg
Board Chair
Life Committee Chair

Principal Engineer, Procter & Gamble (Retired) Mentor, Engineers Without Borders:University of Cincinnati Chapter

Curtis Eaton
Board Vice Chair
Governance Committee Chair

Assistant VP, Development
University of Cincinnati Foundation

Lisa Reinhard
Board Secretary

Vice President & Chief Admin Officer

David B. Haire, CFP
Board Treasurer

Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor, CAPTRUST

Marcel Mutsindashyaka
IT Committee Chair

Chief Information Officer
Center for Technology
Oberlin College & Conservatory

Adrian Parr, Ph.D
Dean, College of Design
Senior Fellow, Design Futures Council
University of Oregon

Stewart W. Wright, M.D., MEd, FACEP
Chief Medical Officer
UC Health 
Professor, Emergency Medicine
University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine

Nicola Ziady
Chief Marketing Officer
University of Cincinnati

Meet Our Founder

Christopher Lewis, M.D.

Vice Provost for Academic Programs, University of Cincinnati
Family Medicine Physician, UC Health
Associate Professor of Family Medicine, UC College of Medicine
Founder, Village Life Outreach Project

After his first trip to Tanzania in 2003(link to beginning section), Dr. Christopher Lewis completed his residency and began building his practice with the group that became UC Health’s Primary Care Network, but his urge to return to Tanzania grew stronger and stronger. He began planning a service trip with a core group of volunteers to accompany him. Chris’ idea quickly transformed from one person’s vision of helping into a full-fledged non-profit, non-government organization.