Our Moon Education is registered by the Charity Commission in the UK and by the Ministry of Community Development in Zambia. The Ministry is responsible for Social Welfare and NGOs across Zambia. We are connected with it at both national and regional levels.
Meet Our Team
Helen worked for PwC before becoming a trustee and volunteer for an international development charity. She founded Our Moon with the help of her former student, Justin. Helen sits on Exco of HALI Access Network and has an MA in Education and International Development from UCL.
Justin has studied in the UK (where he met Helen) and Canada. On returning to Zambia, he started working for Our Moon. Justin is passionate about education and giving opportunities to the less advantaged. He is responsible for managing our work and programmes in Zambia.
Alan has over 40 years of experience in the securities and futures industries. Running his own compliance consultancy business, he gained a wealth of experience in financial, risk and corporate governance matters. Alan also volunteers for the Citizens Advice Bureau.
Charles is CEO and founder of African Promise, a charity which supports primary schools in rural Kenya. He has worked as a specialist trusts and major gifts fundraiser for The Sick Children’s Trust and as a grants writer for Save the Children UK.
Dr John Kirkland, O.B.E has over thirty years experience at the interface between higher education, development and governance, embracing roles as Deputy-General at the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and Head of Research Services at Brunel University. “Our Moon’s approach really does change lives and can have a huge impact on the communities from which their students come.”
Vanessa runs Bright Fox Lettings in Tunbridge Wells. From South Africa, she is passionate about giving opportunities to disadvantaged young Africans
Ntasuwila has a degree in Agronomy from a Chinese university. She is a fluent Mandarin speaker, loves working on the land and reading good literature. She has worked as a private tutor “I thought impact was mainly about numbers but now I realise that by impacting a few in a positive and life-changing way, the ripple effect can be enormous”.
Iwell works with Our Moon, in charge of the vegetable gardens as well as monitoring our security. Passionate about the benefits of organic gardening, Iwell endeavours to ensure pests are controlled by alternative means and he uses natural compost (made by our students) rather than chemical fertlisers.
OUR SUPPORTERS & VOLUNTEERS
We would like to thank those Trusts and Foundations who currently support us or have supported us in the past:
- Barbara Ward Children’s Foundation
- Brian Murtagh Charitable Trust
- The Chalk Cliff Trust
- Didymus CIO
- Eleanor Rathbone Charitable Trust
- Gilchrist Educational Trust
- John Collings Charitable Trust
- The Souter Charitable Trust
- St James’s Place Charitable Foundation
We couldn’t operate without the generous support of providers of pro-bono support and key volunteers. We are very grateful to everyone who gives up their time. Below, we acknowledge those people who help on a regular basis.
We receive legal pro-bono support from Morgan Lewis, educational assistance from Ecolint (International School of Geneva) and counselling support from Alison Buck, Fiona Hooper and Kate Kong. Keith McGuinness of Red & Grey designs our brochures.
In the past year, our main volunteers have been Alfie Blake, Alice Radley, Gemma Drake, Joe Leale-Green, Laura Brissenden, Rachel Cameron Potter, Sam Leale-Green and Sarah Franklin. They have provided invaluable assistance with marketing, fundraising, social media, video and podcast editing and careers support.
Our alumni are all actively involved with helping our current students and helping us identify potential applicants as well as writing occasional blogs and volunteering for ad hoc support.
JOIN OUR TEAM
We are always looking for volunteers and partners to help at all levels of our organisation both in the UK and in Zambia.
Trustee UK: we are expanding our board and currently looking for a trustee with a strong network of contacts within the philanthropic and business communities.
Ambassadors UK: help to publicise Our Moon, provide contacts and help us make connections.
Volunteers UK: help with social media; PR; fundraising events and admin.
Partners Zambia: providing internship opportunities for our students and connecting us with students for our programme, as well as providing funding.
Volunteers Zambia: help with connecting us to companies.
PROUD MEMBER OF HALI ACCESS NETWORK
Our Moon is one of the founding members of HALI Access Network. an association of organisations which operate in Sub-Saharan Africa with the common goal of helping young Africans access university. HALI Access Network (HALI) offers opportunities for many young Africans and, together, can advocate on behalf of our students and create even more opportunities for them. Helen sits on its Executive Committee and is head of the Communications Committee.
While Our Moon is relatively small, the number of Africans graduating from HALI organisations is large. Together, those students will bring about the change that the continent desires.
HALI comprises 45 member organisations plus “Friends of HALI” which include innovative universities on the African continent, US Ivy Leagues and liberal arts colleges and other universities and organisations committed to creating equality of access to higher education. It works across 23 African countries, supporting in excess of 2000 students a year. More than US$150,000,000 scholarships are awarded to HALI students each year.
Helen runs a podcast series which has a goal of sharing the stories of HALI organisations and its students. She is supported by co-interviewers from Our Moon’s alumni.
Students supported per annum