Msizi Africa was founded on 6th June 2007 after seeing a little good food made a huge difference to the lives of 50 growing children in an orphanage. Eleven years on, we’re still going strong!
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 and monitored closely by our team. We are proud to say that we have served over 1,000 children 2.8million meals. And we don’t intend to stop!
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.
Richard is the newest member of the Msizi Africa team, joining in January 2018. After spending over a decade in Canada and the US, he is currently living in Switzerland, where he likes nothing more than exploring the Alps, either on skis or a snowboard. He works as a Financial Controller for an agribusiness and food company, and looks to leverage his experience to help continue the fabulous work Msizi Africa does for our next generation.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Lesotho has been experiencing extreme water shortages and 700,000 people are vulnerable to starvation. We are terribly worried about the number of children in villages who don’t eat for days upon days because food is so scarce. After the Msizi Africa Lesotho team surveyed 2000 homes and told us how many children desperately need us, it became our ambition to expand our programmes into more villages.