The Friends of Masasi Charitable Trust was established by Father Ronnie Cox, shortly before his death in 1991.
Working under the auspices of the UMCA (Universities Mission to Central Africa), Fr Ronnie was a missionary in Masasi for nearly 30 years and established a great rapport with the people of the Diocese. In September 2009 the original Diocese of Masasi was split into two separate Dioceses and the new Diocese of Newala was created.
As a result of this, and with the approval of the Charity Commission, the Friends of Masasi changed its name to the Friends of Masasi & Newala. The Friends seek to support projects that will lead to the sustainable development of the Masasi and Newala area. Projects that support education and health are a priority, but the Friends consider many needs of the people of Masasi and Newala and as well as supporting financially are honoured to share in the lives of many Tanzanians and learn more about the amazing resilience and culture of this wonderful place.