Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Our Founder

Paul Stewart left Straid, Ballyclare for Tanzania in 1999, two weeks after graduating from Queen's University of Belfast with a BSc in Agricultural Economics. Paul began his work in Tanzania as a volunteer working with  a Tanzanian non-profit to set up a milk processing facility in Tabora. During this time, Paul visited a local hospital where he saw the severe lack of basic medical equipment and the idea of establishing Amara Aid was born. Paul moved to Arusha in Tanzania in 2002 where he was employed to manage coffee development projects and continues to work for the same organization until today.

Paul left Tanzania in 2006 when he moved to Rwanda and has been based in Ethiopia since 2012. Paul continues to visit Tanzania to visit Amara Aid's projects and serves on the Amara Aid board of directors together with six other volunteers.

Paul is married to Esther and they live in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

... that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

ACTS 20.24

  • 1999:┬áPaul on his way to Tanzania for the 1st time

  • 2001: The creamery Paul helped set up

  • 2006: Visiting Paul in Rwanda

  • 2017: Paul's marriage to Esther


East Africa

East Africa is beautiful and so are the people that live there. Amara Aid mostly works in Tanzania home to Mount Kilimanajaro.

  • The highest point in Tanzania (and Africa) is Mount Kilimanjaro which reaches 5,895 metres (almost 20,000 feet)
  • Sir Henry Morton Stanley is  remembered for his commission from the New York Herald to find David Livingstone.  And when they finally met in November 1871 Stanley greeted Livingstone with the famous words “ Dr Livingstone, I presume”. A  Dr. Livingstone museum can be found outside Tabora town.
  • Zanzibar was the main slave-trading port in East Africa.  Dr David Livingstone campaigned to bring an end to the slave trade.
  • In 1964 Tanganyika and Zanzibar united to become the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar:  re-named the United Republic of Tanzania.


Amara Aid became a Registered Charitable Organization on the 29th November 2001 (Inland Revenue Charity Ref No: XR53617) NIC 102416 and is therefore eligible to claim Gift Aid from the Inland Revenue by tax payers who give donations. 

Ways to help

We couldn't do what we do without your support and there are many ways you can help!

We'd love to hear from you and share our passion for providing aid and assistance in God's name!