About us

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!

Our team

Abi Mustapha-Maduakor

Treasurer
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Abi Mustapha-Maduakor

Treasurer

Abi has several years of finance and operations experience in the financial services industry in the UK and advising Government in Africa.

She is extremely passionate about economic development in Africa through education, healthcare and micro, small and medium enterprises empowerment, and is currently working to promote investment across the continent.

As a new mother, the work of Msizi Africa is extremely close to her heart and she is looking forward to bringing her experience to the Board to contribute to the incredible work of the organisation.

Nick Wood

Trustee
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Nick Wood

Trustee

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.

Daphne Kasambala

Trustee
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Daphne Kasambala

Trustee

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 Mphako-Kaibe

Youth Programme Director
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Fifi Mphako-Kaibe

Youth Programme Director

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

Secretary, Trustee
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Debbie King

Secretary, Trustee

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.

Clive Holdsworth

Trustee
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Clive Holdsworth

Trustee

A supporter for almost ten years, Clive became a Trustee in November 2018. Originally from an international publishing and marketing background, he has been a digital pioneer for over two decades working across commercial, public and third sectors. A passionate advocate for girls’ education in Africa, Clive is also an artist, gallerist and photographer with a keen interest in the development of contemporary African art.

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

Founding Trustee
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Lucy Herron

Founding Trustee

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 Clark

Chairman, Trustee
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John Clark

Chairman, Trustee

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 – 2017

    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.

  • 2018

    We currently feed over 200 orphans in five villages – Majapereng, Ha Thloriso, Ha Lekhoaba, Ha Sekoati and Ha Mahase.  We have identified a further five villages in which there is great need – we are aiming to take on more villages in 2019.

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