Quaker Meeting House

87 Park Street

Bridgend 

CF31 4AZ

Friends of Monze Registered Charity No 1154762

Phone 07807660543

deana.owen@friendsofmonze.org

We work through a strong   partnership with Zambia Women and Girls Foundation, a registered Non-Government Organisation based in Monze, Zambia. The organisations are made up of a number of skilled people. 

Friends of Monze
Zambia Women and Girls Foundation

Charles Dinda - Monze Director

Charles is the founder and chairperson of Zambian Women and Girls Foundation.  He works closely with FoM to develop the best and most appropriate strategies to support the people of Monze.

Tabita Michelo - Treasurer   

James Kadeen Project Manager

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.

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.

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. 

Gill Nelson - Trustee Secretary.   

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

Lynne Rees, Trustee

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

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.

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). 

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Precious Nawaki - Board member ZaWGF

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

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

Alistair Nelson. Treasurer Trustee

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..

Jerome Ndolesha, UK based Consultant

MSc Dual Diagnosis Specialist graduate from the Institute of Psychiatry (Maudsley and Middlesex University, London). I have a wealth of international experience.  

I have a great passion for renewable energy, mining and general construction in Zambia. It's such a huge privilege to be a Friends of Monze's Zambian UK-Based Advisor in our effort to influence our youth and community there. 

Ann Lewis - Supporter

My social work background and Quaker faith combine in supporting the work of Friends of Monze. Selling African crafts provides opportunities to engage with people about the work of the charity as well as raising funds.

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, during my term of office I headed a District supervising and running everyday activities. I was the first woman to work in the Department of Fisheries since this was regarded as a man’s job. I introduced gender sensitisation meetings and talked to women about gender issues along the shores Lake Kariba in the Southern Province of Zambia.

I worked with GTZ which channels international aid from the Federal German Government to developing countries. I worked on the introduction of Chorkar Kiln, a fish processing technology used in Ghana. 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.