Quaker Meeting House

87 Park Street

Bridgend 

CF31 4AZ

Friends of Monze Registered Charity No 1154762

Phone 07807660543

deana.owen@friendsofmonze.org

Friends of Monze (FoM) works through a strong   partnership with Zambia Women and Girls Foundation (ZaWGF) a registered Non-Government Organisation based in Monze, Zambia.

The organisations are made up of a number of skilled people. 

Lenah Simwiinde Vice Chair ZaWGF.

I am a retired Government Civil Servant, I worked under the Ministry of Agriculture in the Department of Fisheries. My last position in the Government was Fisheries Development Officer.

I worked with GTZ which channels international aid from the Federal German Government to developing countries. I also worked with Aquaculture for Local Communities in improving nutrition in the rural areas of Zambia by stocking and restocking of small water bodies in rural communities

Lenah provides training in women's rights and hygiene.

Fred Mwiiya, Board member ZaWGF

A qualified teacher, Fred Mwiiya was appointed District Education Board Secretary (DEBS) for Livingstone and later for Siavonga. He retired from Ministry of Education.

In 2015 he was appointed Principal at Brima College of Education in Monze. The college offers a Secondary Teachers' Dimploma

Warren Mwenda, Board member ZaWGF

Secretary Chisikili Support Group and permaculture garden. Warren previously worked as a Peer Educator at Monze Mission Hospital. He recently qualified as a teacher. Trains groups in permaculture hygiene and village savings (like a credit union). 

Precious Nawaki - Board member ZaWGF

With qualificaitons in community development and social work.  She is training to become a nurse.

Agnes Kafunga, Board member ZaWGF

She previously worked as a Peer Educator at Monze Mission Hospital, and recently qualified as a teacher. She provides training in women's health issues, HIV/AIDS, menstrual hygiene management.

Colin Venters, Board member ZaWGF

Apprentice electrician from 15-21 years then a Spark for the next 5 years.

1986-1988 VSO volunteer in Community Development in Monze West. 

30 yrs experience in Community Education, in Glasgow and Edinburgh, including 11yrs Home School Partnership in South Lanarkshire.

2009 onwards frequent visitor to Monze. 

Retired now living in Monze and I like being a volunteer. My home doubles as the office for ZaWGF and FoM.

Paul Green  Vice Chairperson,Trustee

Born and bred in Bridgend.Spent my working life in the construction and property sectors, running my own successful company for the last thirty two years. A recent graduate of Cardiff Metropolitan University.

As a Christian I now wish to help others less fortunate. 

Deana Owen - Chair of Trustees

Deana founded Friends of Monze in 2013 following her visit to the town. In the short time since, she has tirelessly worked to make the charity the thriving and vibrant organisation it is today.

Alistair Nelson. Treasurer FoM

Alistair is a physicist by profession and lectured at Cardiff University for many years. He also ran a research group in computational physics during that time, and sat on research fund awarding panels and advisory panels to the government on high performance computing. For many years he also acted as a software development consultant, working for many high profile companies and organisations in various industries, including British Telecom, the London Stock Exchange, the Ministry of Defence, and Royal Mail, as well as several financial companies. From 2012 to 2015 he was a Trustee and Treasurer of the charity Emmaus South Wales..

Lynne Rees, Trustee FoM

Lynne has an academic background in the social sciences and has previously worked both in reserach and social work.

Gill Nelson - Trustee Secretary FoM   

Gill worked for many years as a teacher and went on to become a counsellor specialising in substance misuse. 

James Kadeen Project Manager ZaWGF

Posts of responsibility held

Secondary school teacher

Deputy headmaster secondary school

Headmaster secondary school

2000-1 District Education Officer