Founder – Emily Dube Mapfuwa
Emily Dube Mapfuwa is an International lawyer with an interest in Human Rights (Child Rights), Employee Law and Occupational Health Practice. Emily built a successful private sector consultancy which she runs alongside the philanthropy work.
Emily is founder and Executive Chair Person Of Voice Of The African Child (VOAC). A Pan African Charity that advocates for the restoration of dignity, empowerment, wellbeing and overall social welfare in the lives of African Orphan and Vulnerable children. Currently she sets overall direction of the organisation; strategising and promoting child Rights, collaboration and leadership in African countries. She leads VOAC’s civil partnership with Save The Children’s Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) alliance.
She holds an LLM in International law and and MA in theology.
Our Head Trustee Nigel John Watt (MBE)
Nigel John Watt MBE is a Graduate of St Johns college Cambridge. He has a long experience of Africa, having worked as a teacher and headmaster in Zambia (1961-70; for IVS (British Volunteer Programme) dealing mainly with Botswana, Cameroon, Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland (1971-84); as Director of the Africa Centre, London (1984-91). He served as Senior Field Officer for Christian Aid and subsequently briefly for Care International in Burundi (1998-2002) and in the DRC for Concern Worldwide and Care International during parts of 2002-04. In 2006 he undertook research on Burundi and published his book, “Burundi, biography of a small African country” in 2008. The French edition is due out later this year. He was awarded an MBE in 2004 for “working for national reconciliation in Burundi”. He serves as Director and editor in chief of Books Of Africa and has been Head of Trustees Voice Of The African Child from the outset in 2006.
Reverend Christian Zhungu
Reverend Christian Zhungu is Matabeleland Operations Director. Chris has led on social change and development in our work from the outset. An avid youth leader, Chris has facilitated personal, social and educational growth in young people in Matabeleland for over 30 years. He has led faith based models in schools, colleges and universities with astronomical results. He has managed community projects, assessed and planned the needs of young people, delivered programmes related to areas such as personal dignity, intergrity and development. He has been recognised for contributing to the eradication of gangs, violence, bullying, smoking and drugs through community and environmental projects, residential activites, outdoor education and sporting activities. He is a respected and recognised mentor, coach and believes in partnering with like minded organisations in driving social change among the youth who are tomorrow’s leaders.
Chair Lady of Trustees – Reverend Morejoy Saineti
Reverend Morejoy Saineti is Chair lady of Trustees.
She is an Operations Director for one of UK’s leading medical Recruitment agencies. (LANH UK). She has a strong medical background in medicine and is lecturer at Greenwich University on dementia. She is also head of Regeneration Churches International and is a seasoned traveller.
Trustee and Patron – Sipiwe Mhlanga
Sipiwe is currently Regional Human Resources Director of Save The Children International based in Pretoria South Africa. Sipiwe has extensive experience in Directing a huge NGO at international and Regional level for ten years. She has saved childrens lives and challenged world leaders to take their place in the protection and provision for all vulnerable children. Sipiwe has been with Voice Of The African Child from the outset in 2006 and we are honoured for her guidance as Trustee and Patron.
EXPERT ADVISORY BOARD
Rachel McFarlane is a British actress, song writer, producer and singer, currently a strong member of the cast with the award winning smash hit musical Rock of Ages. She has released numerous gospel songs and her debut ‘lover’ made it to the UK top 40. Rachel is a born humanitarian and upholds the principle of rights and equality for all peoples. Rachel contributes her expert knowledge in music therapy and education for the vulnerable children at VOAC.
Duduzile Moyo comes with over 8 years experience in Policy planning, Sustainablility, Climate change and Development planning. She consults with local government on comunity development, urban planning, urban regeneration and Land use planning. An avid advocate of VOAC’s vision, Duduzile holds an MA in Planning and Policy and a BSc in Urban and Regional Planning.
Magarate is a specialist diabetes medical consultant. She has a passion for developments in healthcare within the African continent. She has wide experience in practicing medicine in Europe the USA and plays an advisory role within Africa and India. Magarate is also a marriage and family consultant with a desire to see the upholding of family and marriage values. She believes a strong marriage and family cohesion is the first and best safety network for any child. Magarate is also founder of Breakfree magazine and women of wisdom foundation both of which she serves as co director and co founder.
Joan is a pharmacist by profession. She heads her company ALMOND PHARMA. Joan’s passion is transforming the health approach landscape in Africa through legitimate Pharmacovigilance. Joan has been on most trips to Africa contributing to community development and child health care rights.
Synodia Mazendame-Dube is Lesotho and South Africa’s operations Director. Based in Lesotho, Synodia has worked extensively on global development issues advising the Lesotho governement and not for profit organisations as well as the private sector on social change and development in the region. Her expertise spans across social policy, welfare and humanitarian change in local communities. Synodia has created lasting effective models for social developmental change. She micromanages local community development change before using the same model to influence national change. she is called upon by the Lesotho government to direct and advise on local social issues affecting family, children and women, A property developer, Singer and leader of the largest community church in Lesotho, Synodia mandates in the national infrastructure and agricultural sectors as well as child health and figting malnutrition in children.
Ruth and Frederick Kamwewo
Ruth and Frederick Kamwewo are Kenya Operations Directors. Between them they hold at least 40 years experience in Not for Profit organisational leading in the area of orphan and vulnerable children. Previously with Kids Alive International, Ruth and Fred oversee the work in Kenya managing Nutrition, Healthcare and Educatonal Development. They work with local governements to rescue orphans widows and vulnerable children from the mega slums of Nairobi by educatiing them on personal development, self esteem with proven self sustaining projects. Ruth and Fred’s passion and goal end is to create opportunities for the orphans and widows of the local Kenyan society; to develop their full potential through education and the assertion of Human Rights. They believe in the limitless ability of Christ and teach that message with proven results to numerous children and widows in their care and beyond. Ruth and Fred serve with StandBy Me who are also a partner of VOAC in Kenya.
Voice of the African Child’s vision
Voice of the African Child (VOAC) is a non profit charity aimed at improving African orphan and disadvantaged children’s lives. ‘African children‘ incorporates all African children, whether in Africa or asylum seeking children in European states. We aim to reach all African children, regardless of their faith, creed or background. VOAC merges the Christian ethos of love, dignity and equality with Human Rights. We follow the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and The African Charter on Child Rights and Welfare (ACRWC). This is a human rights treaty setting out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children. The Convention generally defines a child as any human being under the age of eighteen, unless an earlier age of majority is recognized by a country’s law.
In accordance with Eglantyne Jebb’s (Founder of Save the children in 1923) declaration of children’s rights, VOAC believe that:
- The child must be given the means requisite for its normal development, both materially and spiritually.
- The child that is hungry must be fed, the child that is sick must be nursed, the child that is backward must be helped, the delinquent child must be reclaimed, and the orphan and the waif must be sheltered and succored.
- The child must be the first to receive relief in times of distress.
- The child must be put in a position to earn a livelihood, and must be protected against every form of exploitation.
- The child must be brought up in the consciousness that its talents must be devoted to the service of its fellow men.
VOAC’s beliefs & Values
VOAC believes that children of all ages will be loved and benefit from home-based childcare, play and learning because it is:
- A loving empowering environment based on the Christian ethos of love, dignity and respect for humanity – children of various backgrounds and from different circumstances will forever blossom, heal and revive in a loving environment. Love & empowerment is paramount to VOAC.
- Protective – VOAC will provide the utmost protection for each child against any harm physically, psychologically and emotionally.
- Consistent – a child is cared for and loved by the same house foster parents/guardian over a number of years.
- Flexible – VOAC will provide fieldworkers who are there to ensure the principles for child safety, protection and provision are being adhered to.
- Inclusive – VOAC will provide care for children of different ages and abilities together in family groups.
- Educational – VOAC will provide education for the children that is government approved.
- Community based – VOAC will reflect the needs of local communities and enable the children they care for to be part of their local community in terms of school and church.
- Personalised – VOAC will meet the needs of individual children and such as babies, toddlers, children, teens and disabled children.
- Supportive – babies and younger children, especially, do best in home-based childcare because they are cared for in smaller groups and by the same foster parent/guardian consistently.
- Empowering – VOAC aims to empower/support exisiting extended family members who care for the orphan child. This is by assisting them to be self sufficient in raising the children in their care.
We achieve our vision and mission by working in partnership with:
- Individuals and agencies with the children’s interest at heart.
- Local governments, churches, schools and the community, so they are aware of, and have access to, high quality, home-based childcare, play, learning and family support.
- Trained foster parents and trained field workers to ensure they have the information, support and training they need to provide high-quality childcare, play, learning and family support to the children and families in their care.
- Government, local authorities, regulators and other organisations in Africa and Europe who have the children’s interests.
- We are partners with Save The Children’s Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Alliance programme.
- We partner witn Stand By Me Charity organisation.