About us

Msizi Africa was founded in 2007 after seeing that a little good food made a huge difference to the lives of 50 growing children in an orphanage.

We believe every child should be able to grow up healthy and strong, no matter where they were born, and that good nutrition is critical for development.

We run feeding programmes in the neediest villages in Mohales Hoek where, before we came along, children often didn’t eat for several days. Open 7 days a week, children receive a nutritious meal and are supported, cared for, and monitored closely by our team.

Our team

Alexei Ivanov

Communications
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Alexei Ivanov

Communications

Alexei joined Msizi as a Social Media Strategist, eventually becoming the Communications Trustee. He enjoys writing, working with digital media and creating content for the digital landscape

Lucy Hallam-Eames

Legal Compliance
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Lucy Hallam-Eames

Legal Compliance

Lucy joined the charity as a Trustee in December 2016. She is a lawyer and has worked in a range of areas relating to regulation and public law. 

Vacancy – This Could Be You!

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Vacancy – This Could Be You!

Vacancy Description:

We are currently looking for 2 trustees to join the team – a ‘Secretary’ and a ‘Head of Fundraising’.

More information on each role is given below.

If you, or someone you know, may be interested then please contact John on [email protected] for further information. Thank you.

Secretary

We’re looking for an organised person who loves keeping things in order.

 Specific responsibilities would include:-

  1. Taking minutes at Trustees’ Meetings.
  2. Maintaining our Supporter Database.
  3. Storing, and maintaining secure access to, our documents & photos on our Google Drive.

In addition to these specific responsibilities, the Secretary would also work alongside the other trustees to develop Msizi Africa’s offering in Lesotho.

 

Head of Fundraising

In addition to the regular donations that we get from our amazing supporters, we also have to raise another £30k each year to feed the children we currently support.

We would like to help more children (and we’re already aware of more who need our help) but that requires us to raise even more money.

 We’re therefore looking for an experienced fundraiser who, with help from the rest of the team, feels comfortable that they can raise the required amount.

 Again, in addition to this specific responsibility, the Head of Fundraising would also work alongside the other trustees to develop Msizi Africa’s offering in Lesotho.

Alex Woolston

Fundraising
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Alex Woolston

Fundraising

Alex joined the charity as a Trustee in December 2016 and with a background in the charity sector he looks forward to helping the charity continue its work in Lesotho. Alex works for a fundraising technology company and in his spare time enjoys entertaining his son and watching England’s rugby team continue its current run of form!

 

Lineo Rakolobe

Administrator & Social Care Assistant, Msizi Africa Lesotho
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Lineo Rakolobe

Administrator & Social Care Assistant, Msizi Africa Lesotho

Lineo is a qualified community social worker. She joined as a valued volunteer who assisted in the survey of over 2000 households in 2016. She currently works as an administrator and social care assistant at our centres.

Mochesane Mosoloane

Country Director, Msizi Africa Lesotho
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Mochesane Mosoloane

Country Director, Msizi Africa Lesotho

We have been working with Mochesane since 2009. His passion for his village, his genuine care for orphans, and his successful career as an agricultural expert makes him the perfect Country Director! Mochesane manages all our programmes on a strategic and day to day level.

Lucy Herron

Founder & Secretary
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Lucy Herron

Founder & Secretary

Lucy founded Msizi Africa in 2007 after spending 6 months volunteering at Mants’ase Children’s Home and falling in love with the children and the country.  Lucy has travelled extensively throughout Africa and is passionate about making sure the children she meets reach their full potential, and she believes this starts with a good meal every day.  Her work in the charity sector has seen her recognised in many areas including winning the prestigious Vodafone Foundation “World of Difference” award. Lucy is currently Secretary of Msizi Africa.

Louisa Orford

Fundraising
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Louisa Orford

Fundraising

Louisa started as a Fundraising Intern in 2010 and joined Msizi Africa permanently until 2013 – she is now a Trustee and Louisa continues to help the charity raise money to continue our work.  Louisa’s first visit to Lesotho was in 2011 and she was hooked – she loved the children, who also loved their “Ausi Louisa.”  Louisa works as an Events Executive in the charity sector, loves to travel, cook and catch up with friends and family as often as she can.

Frederika Pardoe

Treasurer
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Frederika Pardoe

Treasurer

Frederika is the newest member of the Msizi Africa team. She joined the charity in June 2016 to combine her skills as a chartered accountant with her love for Africa. She looks forward to getting involved in the wonderful work Msizi Africa does for some of Africa’s next generation.

John Clark

Chairman
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John Clark

Chairman

John first became interested in Msizi Africa’s work when the company he worked for chose it as their ‘charity of the year’ in 2010/11. Having since retired, John joined Msizi Africa as a trustee in 2013 before becoming Chairman in 2016. John has a background in marketing research but when he’s not looking for ways of raising funds for Msizi Africa he likes to spend time with his family and enjoys watching his home team, Wales, play rugby.

About us

  • 2007

    Lucy founded Msizi Africa after visiting Mants’ase Children’s Home, where there was a need to raise money to buy nutritious food for the home’s gorgeous growing children.  A partnership with Mako and many people’s generosity meant we could feed the children AND build them a new dormitory!

  • 2008-2009

    People’s generosity meant we could feed more children. With funding from the Vodafone Foundation, we hired a member of staff to find more programmes and raise even more money! We found people as passionate as us and expanded to Zambia and South Africa. Before long, we were feeding 1,000 children!

  • 2010

    Msizi Africa was doing INCREDIBLE things!  Our most tangible success was our school feeding programme in Zambia – school attendance rose from 65% to 95% in the space of ONE WEEK as children didn’t have to choose whether to attend school or find a meal.  Good food in little tummies keeps children in education, for a brighter future!

  • 2011

    We waved off our Zambian children after the local team made the programme sustainable.  As the need was so great in Lesotho, we wanted to grow our programmes there – and we could, thanks to meeting and hiring Mochesane, our Country Director who we had met a few years previously.

  • 2012

    The scale of the food crisis in Lesotho was escalating and we became aware of more and more needy children. Rhea, our Nutrition and Programme Development Trustee, worked her magic with a thorough analysis of the children’s diet which showed us we could make it even better!  We took on more children and gave them even better food.  A highlight of the year was an Olympics themed sports day for all the children, where they got to see the Olympic Torch and meet the Lesotho Olympic Team!

  • 2013 – 2014

    Msizi Africa continued to feed children incredible food – nutritious and delicious.  Seeing small, vulnerable children grow healthy and strong after just a few weeks at our programmes was a fantastic revelation!

  • 2015

    In October 2015, we launched our Lesotho registered charity, Msizi Africa, so that our Country Director and the local communities we support, can have more ownership over their feeding programmes.  

  • 2016

    Lesotho is currently experiencing a terrible drought, making 700,000 people vulnerable to starvation.  We are terribly worried about the number of children in villages who don’t eat for days upon days.  After the Msizi Africa Lesotho team surveyed 2000 homes and told us how many children desperately need us, it became our main objective that by the end of this year, we will have expanded our programmes into another six villages.  YOU can make this a reality by donating below and by sharing our Social Media updates to spread the word.

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