Welcome to the Tanzania Heritage Project!

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Welcome to the Tanzania Heritage Project!

The Tanzania Heritage Project is a cultural and historic preservation initiative dedicated to the conservation and celebration of Tanzania’s rich national heritage.

Founded by a group of Tanzanian and American students, artists, and activists who are passionate about preserving the rich cultural history of the country and making it available to a wider audience, this organization seeks to ensure the continued use, enjoyment, and relevance of all forms of creative expression that exist in Tanzanian culture, to foster celebration of the country’s national heritage, and to preserve it for future generations.

The Tanzania Heritage Project is registered as non-profit #00NGO/00005254 in Tanzania. We are in the process of registering as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization in the United States.


The Founders

Rebecca in Stone Town, Zanzibar

Rebecca Corey, co-founder & Executive Director

Rebecca first traveled to Tanzania in 2007. As an undergraduate she wrote Lay Down Your Heart, an account chronicling the time she spent living in the historic town of Bagamoyo. In 2009, Rebecca enrolled at the University of Dar es Salaam’s Institute of Development Studies and worked as a Kiva Fellow while serving as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. Rebecca is now the Managing Director of Busara Promotions which produces the annual Sauti za Busara music festival in Stone Town, Zanzibar.

Benson in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Benson Rukantabula, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer

Benson Rukantabula was born in Tanzania but spent his early childhood in Gottingen, Germany. His first language was German, but he is also fluent in Kiswahili and English. Benson returned to Tanzania for his primary and secondary school studies, graduating from high school in 2006 with special honors and a Ministry of Finance sponsorship to study at the Institute of Finance Management. While at the institute, Benson studied an advanced diploma in Information Technology, completing two important projects: an online CRDB Bank help-desk system and a real estate website. After graduating in 2009, Benson was hired by the Tanzania Revenue Authority as an IT officer. Benson also works for Femina which is the a multimedia platform and a civil society initiative working with youth, communities and strategic partners across Tanzania.

Erasmus in Kariakoo, Tanzania

Erasmus Rukantabula, co-founder

Erasmus Rukantabula is a graduate of the University of Dar es Salaam Computer Centre and the Cambridge Academy of Management (CAM) on Information Technology (Computing). Currently, he is pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology at the Open University of Tanzania. His interest in Multimedia & Design, especially film-making, inspired him to do his Bachelor’s degree with a specialization in Multimedia. Starting in his early childhood when he lived in Germany, Erasmus has loved becoming friends with people from all over the world and learning about their different cultures and ways of life. Now, Erasmus is working as an IT Technical Officer at the Open University of Tanzania as Head of the ICT Services. He is also a member of the International Student Exchange Program (I.A.E.S.T.E.) – Tanzania.

The Team

David with his son Max in Zanzibar

David Tinning, Operations and Communications

David is the team’s only Brit, finding himself in Dar es Salaam via the Far East, and more recently Europe. A graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University, David spend six years in Cambodia as a Programme Officer for Mines Advisory Group – a humanitarian mine action NGO – later going on to work as a consultant on various development projects in the region. Having retrained as an audio engineer, he wound up in Berlin working within the marketing department of the cutting-edge music technology firm, Native Instruments. David is currently trying to pass on his passions for vinyl records, surfing, and running to his 5-year-old son, Max.

Bradley on Radio10 in Kigali, Rwanda

Bradley Ferreira, Officer of Technology

Bradley fell in love with Tanzania in 2010 as he interned at a development NGO in Dar es Salaam. Using business and technical expertise, Bradley spent most of his time on entrepreneurship training, web development, and microfinance databases. In his free time he loves listening to and creating music. Bradley joined the Tanzania Heritage Project in February 2012 to help with Kickstarter digital