Team Urunji

Urunji Child-Care Trust maintains a small workforce to enable us reduce administration costs. We have 11 paid staff and 19 local volunteers. We also work with Love Volunteers, Volunteer 4 Africa and United Nations Volunteers. Urunji has a board that consists of members from both the financial and third sector.

Every person who gives a hand in the affairs of Urunji has a duty of faithful service to the Trust and the people we serve. In view of this, our selection of staff and board members is lengthy and is based on a broad range of qualifications and personality tests. Want to join Team Urunji? Check out available positions on our careers page.


Our Board

Roxanne Fiala

Chairperson -- Urunji USA Board
Email (click to reveal): r...@urunjichildcare.org

Roxanne Fiala is the Chairperson for the Urunji USA board. After 17 years as the IT Director for the City of Grand Forks, ND, she retired and had the opportunity to visit Malawi where she was began working with Urunji.

Her passions include leadership, women empowerment, and encouraging others to reach their highest potential. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration

Roxanne Fialla

BreAnna Rood

Volunteer Coordinator & Social Media Manager
Email(click to reveal): v...@urunjichildcare.org

BreAnna Rood is the Volunteer Coordinator and Social Media Manager of Urunji as well as a member of the USA board. She is the founder and creator of the blog Crafty Coin and is currently based in New York City. BreAnna left her work in Chicago as an Executive Assistant and Marketing Coordinator to pursue her dream of volunteering in Africa where she was connected to Urunji.

She has passions for learning about other cultures, languages, and cooking. She has a Bachelor of Arts in French.

BreAnna Rood

Ty Rood

Volunteer Coordinator & Media Manager
Email (click to reveal): v...@urunjichildcare.org

Ty Rood is the Volunteer Coordinator and Media Manager for Urunji and a member of the USA board. He is a New York City based actor. In addition to acting, Tyler has worked as a Youth Enrichment Instructor for the YMCA Chicago and has taught children of all levels, including those with special needs and English language learners.

His passions include music, fitness, and working with others to understand their backgrounds and culture. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre.

Tyler Rood

Our Management Team


Ian C Maliseni

Executive Director
Telephone: +265 (0)111740184
Email (click to reveal): i...@urunjichildcare.org
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Ian Maliseni is the Executive Director and Founder of Urunji Child-Care Trust. After visiting Nathenje Village outside Malawi's capital city of Lilongwe, Ian was drawn to two children who he started to sponsor. This sponsorship led to the creation of Urunji in 2006 with the mission to help local communities who suffer from extreme poverty. Previously, Ian worked for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and World Vision Malawi, both of which helped shape the vision of Urunji

Ian currently resides in Lilongwe with his wife and children. He is an avid reader, passionate gardner, and strives to be a lifelong learner. He holds a Masters in Business Administration.

Ian C Maliseni photo

Mary Michael

Programme Coordinator (India Office)
Telephone: +265 (0)111740184
Email (click to reveal): i...@urunjichildcare.org

Mary Michael is the Programme Coordinator for the India country office. She joined Urunji as part of the Malawi team before moving to India to manage the country office there. She has over 20 years’ experience working on social projects and was instrumental in setting up the Village Savings and Loan Associations for Urunji.

Mary Charles Michael photo

Chikondi Jamu

Finance and Administation Manager
Telephone: +265 (0)111740184
Email (click to reveal): c...@urunjichildcare.org

Chikondi manages administrative matters and ensures the smooth running of the office. She works hand-in-hand with volunteers, suppliers and visitors. Part of her work involves preparing payments for the Trust, and managing day-to-day affairs.

She is the oldest member of Team Urunji and will clock 10 years with the Trust in July 2016.

With excellent skills in both ICT and Management, Chikondi also works as an instructor. She has been so instrumental to our Girls Programme.

Chikondi Jamu

Other Credits:


Our work would not have been possible without the help of both United Nations Volunteers and selfless people all over the world who have volunteered with us.

Some of them being:
Maebh Quinn, Cliona Smith, Zara Còrdova Vàsquez, Angelica Vargas, Sarah Raza, Le’Marqunita Lowe, Caterina Sullivan, Tooba Arshad, Laura Webber, Niamh Winters, Risat Abedin, Conway Waddington, Faria Muzaffar, Alejandra Treviño Arias, Rhea Penrod, Arjune Keshwala, Ellaine Reilly, Claire Ng-Martin, Andreas Lauble, Ines Pereira, Eimear Catherine Manning, Ericka Schmidt, Inês Heitor, Krista Calleja & Bruno, Ramona Passerini, Lauren Polenz, Catherine Demoisy, Tobes Kelly, Alia Intably, Vivian Lengruber, Jessica da, Will Stewart, Blair Stewart, Sorcha Browne, Siobhán McGuiness, Eimear O’Sullivan, Dr. Shannon Delaney, Chanmolyta Tham, Mark Allen, Adriano V Andrade, Monica Karlsson, Alexandra Michaelsen, Inês Duarte, Anna Magdalena Eriksson, Sofia Aastroem, Syeda Imam, Natalie Davidson, Ambalika Chiktara, Olga Chertkova, Alana Douglas, Jordan Lent, Madeline Botticello, Motlokwe Thobejane, Precious Guevarra Ganna Topilina, Praneta Prakash, Helena Kopecká, Mishaal Shahzad, Misaal Shahzad (twin sister), Charlotte J Smith, Caitlin Ward, Sarah MacLean, Dawn Bryant, Javiera Veloso, Devon Armstrong and many others. The detailed list can be downloaded on this link.

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Contact Us

Urunji Child-Care Trust
Misenza Complex
Cnr. Kaunda and Shire Road
Area 49 Shire
P.O. Box 30977
Lilongwe 3
MALAWI

Mobile: +265 (0)997 400948
Email: info@urunjichildcare.org

Meet Our Needs

Urunji Child-Care Trust urgently needs the following:
  • desktop or laptop computers
  • laserjet printer and a copier
  • learning materials for kids
  • a motor vehicle (minibus)
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Our Expenditure

85% Programs, 10% Fundraising, 5% Management

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Urunji Child-Care Trust is a registered NGO in Malawi.
Registration # TR/INC5564