About Pemba Support

Pemba Support was founded by Neilus and Pat O'Doherty who served in an educational capacity in Pemba, with VSO, during 2007/08. On their return home they organized 12 local volunteers to travel to Pemba in 2009 to help lay the foundations of a Community Centre in the main town Chake Chake.

The Charity ‘Pemba Support’ was registered in 2010 to extend its work to projects for the needy communities in Pemba. These projects are helping to move the poor of Pemba to a better life.


  • Welcome to the PSI AGM

    Pemba is looking for generous people, like you, to kickstart their self esteem, to help them realize their abilities and to mentor their development as they face their uphill problems of 2018. PSI will hold its AGM in the West

  • Volunteers Report Feb 2017

    Report from the 2017 PSI Volunteers – Friday 17th February to Friday 3th March Sat 18th Feb: Mike Linnane (IT consultant), Aiden Devitt (Orthopaedic surgeon) and Neilus O’Doherty (retired teacher) arrived in Pemba at 8.45 am, Sat 18th Feb 2017

  • 2015 Christmas Letter from ‘Pemba Support’ [CHY 19162]

    Ballingaddy West, Ennistymon, Co. Clare. December 2015 Website: www.pembasupport.org; Email: pembacharity@gmail.com; Ph. 065 7071024. Dear friends of ‘Pemba Support’ (PSI), We would like to wish you all a peaceful and joyful Christmas. We had a fantastic year, attempting to make

Ongoing Projects

Makundeni Leprosy Village

There are about 150 people in this village – 40 of the elders, suffer from leprosy. PSI works in partnership with GLRA (German Leprosy & TB Relief Association) and St Francis Leprosy Guild, London.   GLRA built 14 two roomed

Kizimbani Nursery School

  This is a private nursery school, run by the nuns who live on site. Of the 70 students who attend, the majority are predominantly Muslim.   PSI have helped recently in getting books for their library and providing swings

Mkoani Crafts

PSI has funded a hand bag making project in Mwambe. It is expected that these hand craft activities will produce income for 30 young women. The women will be educated and trained on how to use local materials to produce

Kizimbani Chicken Project

PSI funded the renovation of a house for poultry and the buying of chickens for The Anglican Church Group. This group runs a credit union and they have transferred their monetary skills successful to the chicken project. Money from eggs

Chake Community Centre

A new Parish Centre at Chake  has been constructed on the site of an old derelict church building in the centre of the town. It functions as a church, education centre, meeting facility and accommodation for priests and seminarians. PSI

Michunguani Village

PSI supplied an outboard engine, electronic safety equipment and fish finding tools to this isolated community.