Caroline Epe, Co-Founder and Director


The director and founder, Caroline Epe, has lived and worked in Karatu for 8 years. She has extensive experience in the health sector in this rural town as the Volunteer Coordinator, Director of Development and most recently Operations Manager at FAME Medical, a non-profit health center. She is committed to this area and believes that better healthcare and education can make a real difference in the lives of children and that Tanzanians will have a more positive impact on their own development as a nation through actively investing in early education.


Nickson Mariki, Co-Founder and Director

Nickson Mariki was born and raised at the foot of Kilimanjaro. He has lived in Karatu for nine years and has previously worked in the construction sector. Currently he also operates a number of local restaurant businesses in Karatu. As second director of Black Rhino he primarily oversees and coordinates the construction of the school.


Macrina Mrukwamba, Academy Director

The Academic Director/Headmistress, Macrina Mrukwamba, is a Tanzanian woman who recently returned to her home country. Macrina received her Bachelor’s Degree in English and her Master’s Degree in School Administration in the United States. She returned to Tanzania after being a teacher in the United States for the last 12 years. Macrina brings a unique perspective to the project — her own upbringing in rural Tanzania combined with over 15 years of having lived and taught in the United States. Macrina will be running the academy side of the school. She will be managing the curricula development and training of Tanzanian teachers with the help of mentor teachers from a variety of countries.