In 2006, Lucy visited Mants’ase Children’s Home in Lesotho. She realised the children needed more varied and nutritious food. She wrote to friends and family asking for money to buy the children more fruit and veg, and occasionally, meat and fish. She raised £2,000 in a few weeks and seeing how long this money would last and the benefit of the food it bought, Lucy saw an opportunity.
“I realised I could stay volunteering there for months playing with the funny, happy kids that I got to know and love very quickly. Or, I could go home and start a charity to ensure the money didn’t stop coming in. That’s what I did and set about finding other people as passionate as me to help the children.”
Msizi Africa was founded on 6th June 2007 and since then has raised over £1.4million and has provided more than 3 million meals to over 1,000 children.
Msizi Africa spends just 1% on admin; so more of our donors money is sent to Lesotho for our registered entity Msizi Africa Lesotho to work with. While UK Trustees meet regularly to review what’s happening in Lesotho and to manage finance and fundraising, what happens in Lesotho is decided in Lesotho. The Trustees firmly believe the charity should be exiting the country by 2023 and that Msizi Africa Lesotho should be self-sufficient and raising the income they need to fund their feeding projects. However, we’ve built strong relationships with our children who we have watched growing up, and our relationship with them, and our team, will continue.
A pilot project is starting in June 2020 to produce milk from a small herd of Jersey cows. The milk will be given to the children, and the surplus will be sold to raise money to buy the programme’s food.
Nick is one of our newer Trustees and has a career in the world of financial services.
Nowadays, he works with clients across a variety of financial services organisations and
helps them to develop the delivery of their services.
Nick was delighted to be invited to become a trustee for a charity in a country that he
visited many years ago and that he found to have beautiful scenery but, even then, could
see that it was in need of help to ensure that what we take for granted in our own country
can be provided in Lesotho too.
When he has any spare time, Nick enjoys travel and visiting places of interest.
After working in the banking and finance industry in Africa and Europe
for over 15 years, Daphne co-founded and is CEO of a social enterprise
that promotes and supports artisans, craftspeople and designers in
Africa’s creative economy.
Daphne first fell in love with Lesotho in 1992 when she spent two weeks
camping in the breath-taking Maloti-Drakensburg Mountains. She is
passionate about being a part of Africa’s development and is very proud
to have climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money to support African women
micro-entrepreneurs. Daphne is looking forward to contributing to the
transformative work of Msizi Africa.
Fifi was the General Manager at Mants’ase Children’s Home for over five years during which she worked closely with Msizi Africa to provide for the children’s needs and also as a sponsor to the home. Her warm but assertive attitude has enabled her to instil discipline in the children whilst showering them with love and encouragement to pursue their dreams and be self sufficient in the future. She is equipped with credible knowledge and experience in working with children and young people, and Community Development. These attributes coupled with her impeccable managerial skills make her a valuable Director of our Youth Programme.
Debbie King joined the charity as a Trustee in May 2017, following a career break which included a trip to Africa.
As a long-standing supporter of the charity, Debbie visited Lesotho on her travels. Having fallen in love with the children she met there, she decided to get more hands on.
She works as an Executive Assistant in the Insurance Industry, having been in the Lloyd’s of London market for over a decade and so Debbie was a natural choice to take over the role of our Secretary.
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 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.
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.
Because of the covid 19 lockdown, we have been unable to fundraise which has resulted in a significant drop in our income. We are very sad to announce that we have to cut the number of villages we feed in from five to three, with the very painful reality that 57 children will now go without food every day. It is their only lifeline and one which we never, ever wanted to cut. We are truly sorry for the devastating impact this will have on the children.