Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Our Founder

Paul attended Model Primary School in Carrickfergus, then Straid Primary School, Ballyclare Secondary School and Ballyclare High School. He graduated from Queens University in 1999 with a BSc in Agriculture, Economics and Management.

At the end of July 1999, Paul went to Tanzania with a small charity to set up a dairy to pasteurise milk. It was while he was there in Tabora that he saw the need in the town and so the first project was born. He helped to set up Amara Aid in 2001 and moved to Arusha, Tanzania in 2002.

Paul volunteered with another charity to help with their coffee projects and continued with them until 2006 when he moved to Rwanda to do the same job. The Amara projects which he left behind were continued by Amara Aid here in Northern Ireland.

In 2014 Paul moved to Ethiopia to again work with the Coffee Co-ops, his job is to educate the farmers in coffee production, to liaise with buyers and exporters to secure the best prices for the local communities. In 2017 Paul married Esther Lee an American whose  family originated from Hong Kong. He continues to work with us ensuring resources are properly distributed and providing accountability on the ground.

... 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: Paul 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

God is equipping you for a work only you can do in His strength!


East Africa

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

  • 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 just 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. You can help Amara Aid by sending donations which will be used for the various projects undertaken.

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!

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.