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.
James studied International Development specialising in NGO accountability to beneficiaries. James works for a Kenyan WASH charity, Dig Deep, where he is assistant director with responsibility for governance and capacity-building in Kenya.
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.
Vanessa runs Bright Fox Lettings in Tunbridge Wells. From South Africa, she is passionate about giving opportunities to disadvantaged young Africans
Jennipher is a Commonwealth scholar, studying for an MSc in Economics at the University of Edinburgh. Jennipher is originally from Zambia and studied at Pestalozzi (where she met Helen) and Smith College, and worked for Goldman Sachs and Marathon Asset Management.
Quincy is an alumna of Our Moon. She is currently a MasterCard Foundation Scholar at the University of Edinburgh where she is studying Economics and Finance. She is also a co-host for the HALI Access Network podcast series.
Iwell is one of our employees in Zambia. He studied physiotherapy in Zambia and enjoys football. Passionate about giving back, he tutors the children on site and coordinates our students’ volunteering programme. He is also responsible for our Rise and Shine club.
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”.
David has been involved with Our Moon since its inception as a tutor, mentor and adviser to the Board of Trustees while studying in the UK. He graduated last year from University of Brighton with a first class degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He returned home last year, interning at ZESCO and now at Zamtel.
Namukale is a volunteer for Our Moon, working to connect us with corporates to help us raise funds and find internship opportunities for our students. She studied for a Bachelor’s in Business Adminstration at Copperbelt University. She worked for Barclays in its Corporate Social Responsibility department and is now working for Zanaco as a Business Analyst.
Chanda studied in the UK (where he was one of Helen’s and Vic’s students) and then majored in Civil Engineering and Economics at Bucknell University in America. He lives and works in Washington DC as a consulting engineer. Chanda is a mentor to Our Moon’s students.
We also receive support from a number of other volunteers who would like to remain anonymous. We also receive legal pro-bono support from Morgan Lewis, educational assistance from Ecolint (International School of Geneva) and counselling support from Alison Buck and Kate Kong.
We are always looking for volunteers to help at all levels of our organisation both in the UK and in Zambia.
Trustee: we are currently looking for trustees with events management experience and fundraising expertise.
Volunteers UK: help with social media; PR; fundraising events and admin.
Volunteers Zambia: help with the programmes, tutoring our students.
Hali Access Network
Our Moon is one of the founding members of HALI Access Network. It was established four years ago to connect organisations that work with high achieving low income (HALI) students across Africa to help them access higher education abroad. There are now 38 member organisations from 20 different African countries.
Helen chairs the Communications Committee and sits on Exco. The network advocates for HALI students and shares information about scholarship opportunities between member organisations. Each year in April, there is a conference (the HALI Indaba) where all member organisations get to meet each other and share their experiences. The most recent Indaba was hosted by the Ghanaian member organisations.