Ondokea Foundation was founded by Patrick and Esther Kakema Sullivan, a Tanzania native. 


Esther Kakema came to America to be a nanny and study English. She is a certified EKG technician. Esther escaped an abusive relationship in her home country. Growing up in Tanzania, she saw her mother beaten often. She saw her sisters beaten by their spouses. Esther’s pregnant aunt was beaten to death by her husband. He was not punished.

Esther helps her sisters survive today and she supports a teenage niece in Catholic High School in Tanzania to save her from sexual violence.

Ondokea Foundation is the fulfillment of Esther’s cherished dream and life-long ambition. Please consider supporting this vital NGO work in Tanzania.


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Patrick Sullivan
Founder and President

Patrick Sullivan is the president and founder of the Ondokea Foundation and he provides some financial support to the organization. He can be reached at pmsullivan@gmail.com.

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Flora Kakema
Volunteer Counselor

Ondokea Foundation supports Flora’s teenage daughter Elizabeth and sends her to Catholic High School to prevent her from being raped, the fate of many young Tanzanian girls and women. Flora is a volunteer counselor working in Arusha for the Ondokea Foundation. 

Boniface Nshoya
Maintenance Manager

Boniface is our Driver/Maintenance manager. He oversees the installation, repair and upkeep of ondokea properties, including machines, mechanical systems, buildings and other structures.

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Ester Sullivan

Esther Kakema Sullivan is the co-founder of the Ondokea Foundation. She decided to open Ondokea Women's Bakery in her hometown of Tabora, Tanzania to address women's employment issues.

Sorael Elias Nnko
Communications Director

Sorael Nnko or "Sora" is our Communications Director and Webmaster. He oversees communications within Ondokea Foundation and the Ondokea bakery project. He can be reached at sora.com@gmail.com

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Esther Mohammed
Administrative Assistant

Esther Mohammed maintains Ondokea's calendar, arranges meetings, enrolls new clients, and helps with travel.She also prepares reports by collecting information on clients while maintaining their privacy, and she protects Ondokea operations by keeping information confidential.