Father Bruno D. Mgaya (um-guy-ya) is a native of Tanzania who orphaned at eight years old. With a hard work ethic instilled by his mother before she died, he supported himself through childhood with education and odd jobs found in his neighborhood.
He eventually became a diocesan priest of the Catholic Diocese of Njombe and has been teaching at the Mafinga Seminary for more than 15 years. He graduated the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania [BA(Ed) Hons] in 1992 and Fordham Jesuit University in New York (MA) in Counseling in 2005. Father Mgaya completed his PhD in Human Services (Social and Community Services) with Capella University in 2014.
With a strong belief in Christ and a passion to support orphans like himself, he purchased the plot of land and donated his own home to start Touco’s initial community. By instilling education and self reliance, Touco can make a difference in the lives of Africa’s most desperate young people.
His plan is to build an elementary school for both the orphans and the local community and to construct more than 20 Upendo Family households.