Sentebale is a charity founded by The Duke of Sussex and Prince Seeiso in 2006 following Prince Harry’s gap year to Lesotho in 2004.
We help the most vulnerable children in Lesotho and Botswana get the support they need to lead healthy and productive lives. Sentebale works with local grassroots organisations to help these children – the victims of extreme poverty and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Together, we’re making a big difference to these children’s lives. We can do even more with your help.
To work in partnership to transform positively the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.
To become the leading organisation in the provision of psychosocial support for children living with HIV in Southern Africa.
Patrons – The Duke of Sussex
“In 2004 I was 19 and went travelling in my gap year. I had a fantastic time in Australia, Argentina and Botswana but in the end the thing that had the greatest impact on me was the two months I spent working in Lesotho.
I was lucky enough to have an amazing guide in Prince Seeiso. His knowledge and compassion for his country showed me that there could be a way of making a difference in Lesotho that would go far beyond the building projects I worked on.
I met so many children whose lives had been shattered following the death of their parents – they were so vulnerable and in need of care and attention.
Again and again as we travelled round Lesotho we saw the same thing: great work being done in the community by amazing volunteers who weren’t able to attract support, because they didn’t have professional managers or accountants to show where the money was going.
To highlight the issues facing Lesotho, we arranged to make a documentary called “The Forgotten Kingdom”. Prince Seeiso and I decided that we could make a long-term difference by starting a charity that could direct funds to the grassroots organisations, which were taking so much of the strain but finding it hard to get help.
We came up with the name Sentebale, which means “forget-me-not” in Sesotho, the language of Lesotho, and the idea seemed perfect.
This charity is a way in which Prince Seeiso and I can remember our mothers, who both worked with vulnerable children and people affected by AIDS. I really feel that by doing this I can follow in my mother’s footsteps and keep her legacy alive.
In 2007 we opened our office in Lesotho so that we can work directly with grassroots organisations to transform the lives of children and young people.”
Patrons – Prince Seeiso
“As I grew up in Lesotho’s capital, Maseru, my late father was very conscious that my brother and I should, as much as possible, experience life in Lesotho just as our contemporaries did. Most children in Lesotho live in small villages or rural areas. My father did not want us to believe that we were any different from those children. Almost every school holiday he sent us out of town to Matsieng, our ancestral home.
In the hills I would go on horseback to my father’s cattle-post, tending his cattle, sheep, goats and horses. Sometimes I would live and work alongside the Basotho young men whose job it was to look after herds for weeks on end. Nevertheless it was not an entirely typical experience. The conditions at our cattle-posts are far better than many, and my father was very sensitive not to employ under-aged persons.
About a third of Lesotho’s young men are sent away by their parents every year to be herd boys – but often they are not young men at all, but boys as young as 10 years old.
It is the harsh socio-economic reality of life in Lesotho that forces families to send their sons away to work like this. They are sent to the remotest hill country where they endure extremely bleak conditions, living in primitive huts on their own. Unlike me, they aren’t able to go to school. The herd boy tradition denies them any opportunity to enjoy their youth and curtails their prospects of overcoming the cycle of poverty they are trapped in.
I took Prince Harry to stay overnight in the mountains at one of our cattle-posts. From this mountain cattle-post the dream of Sentebale was born: to give the less privileged and often forgotten vulnerable children a chance of some schooling – and thus a ray of hope for a better future.
I know this will not be easy, nor will it happen overnight. We are committed for the very long term. Lesotho is a small, impoverished country. Its problems have been made infinitely worse since I grew up because of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. It has been said that we, as a nation, are facing annihilation. With this real possibility facing us I want to establish Sentebale as a vehicle that takes on the plight of the many marginalized vulnerable children of Lesotho. This must include not only children affected or infected by HIV/AIDS, but also the disabled, the traumatized and the abused, and especially the herd boys.
I hope this endeavour is, in some non-presumptuous way, honouring the efforts of my late Mother, and saying not only to Basotho people, but to all humanity, that we should not let ourselves forget who she was, what she did and achieved amongst her people. The mission is still to embark on that journey and continue the good fight.”
Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees – Johnny Hornby
Johnny became Chairman of the Sentebale Board in March 2018, having served as a Trustee since 2011.
Johnny began his career at agencies including Ogilvy, CDP and TBWA before setting up Clemmow Hornby Inge in 2001, along with co-founders Simon Clemmow and Charles Inge.
In 2013 Johnny launched The&Partnership, a new-model, WPP-backed, integrated agency network built for today’s complex industry landscape, spanning four continents and 1,500 people.
Today, The&Partnership is the UK’s largest and Europe’s fastest-growing independent agency network. It attributes this rapid expansion to the success of its in-sourced ‘&Model’ agencies, with multi-disciplined, on-site teams working alongside clients’ marketing departments in new, nimble ways, to a single bottom line; delivering innovative work to fit new marketing agendas.
Through championing The&Partnership’s visionary new agency model, Johnny has become a go-to industry commentator for the likes of the BBC and Sky News: commenting on issues ranging from ad fraud and brand safety to media transparency and political advertising – and most notably leading the industry in an advertiser exodus from YouTube last year.
He has hosted numerous sell-out events at Cannes, is a regular voice on industry panels, and has chaired the Marketing Group of Great Britain.
When not working Johnny enjoys spending time with his family, horse-riding, skiing, sailing and watching his beloved Arsenal.
Board of Trustees – Tim Boucher
Tim Boucher was a senior finance executive at AB-InBev, the global brewer which recently acquired SABMiller plc. He is based in the UK and has previously worked at SABMiller operations in Europe and across its emerging market operations including Southern Africa. Tim joined SABMiller in 2004 from PwC where he was a Director in the assurance practice and worked in their London, Hong Kong and Johannesburg offices.
Tim is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is married with three children and lives in London.
Board of Trustees – Dame Nicola Brewer
Nicola is Vice-Provost (International) at University College London, with responsibility for developing UCL’s International Strategy and continuing to expand the university’s global profile. She moved to UCL in May 2014, after a career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She was the British High Commissioner to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland from May 2009 to September 2013.
Nicola joined the FCO in 1983 and has lived and worked all over the world, including South Africa, India, France and Mexico. She was the first Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, a role she held from 2007 to 2009. She was Director General, Regional Programmes at the Department of International Development from 2002 to 2004, and Director General Europe at the FCO from 2004 to 2007.
She is a Non-Executive Director of Aggreko Plc and Scottish Power Ltd.
Nicola read English at the University of Leeds, graduating with a BA in 1980. She subsequently read Linguistics at Leeds, taking a Doctorate in 1988. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG) in the 2011 Birthday Honours.
Board of Trustees – The Rt Hon The Baroness Chalker of Wallasey
After 18 years as an MP, in April 2017 Baroness Chalker completed 25 years in the House of Lords. A former Minister for Africa and International Development, she established a consultancy to encourage investment into Africa through Africa Matters Limited. Lynda has more than 30 years’ involvement in African issues, and is particularly keen to help companies develop sustainable corporate investment in their communities. She believes education and good health provision are essential to relieving poverty, alongside profitable business ventures. Lynda enjoys wildlife viewing, classical, jazz and African music, reading, driving and theatre.
Board of Trustees – Dr Tsitsi Chawatama
Tsitsi is a Consultant Paediatrician at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She holds Postgraduate Diplomas in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene and Paediatric Infectious Diseases from the London School and the University of Oxford and a Masters in International Child Health (University College London). She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health and member of the Children’s HIV Association UK, and brings a wealth of experience in paediatric healthcare and treatment of HIV to Sentebale.
Tsitsi spent many of her formative years living in Zimbabwe, and worked in Ethiopia as a Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health/Volunteer Service Overseas Fellow on a UNICEF funded initiative developing an education programme, whilst contributing to the improvement of neonatal and paediatric services including HIV care.
Tsitsi comes from a close-knit family of six siblings and is the eldest child of Sifela and Elton. She has a love for music, travel and is a keen hockey player.
Board of Trustees – Mark Dyer, MVO
On leaving school, Mark worked for Save the Children as an administrator in Ethiopia and Sudan during the 1984 famine. He went on to Sandhurst before joining the Welsh Guards, with whom he served in Germany, Belize, Australia, Northern Ireland and the UK. He also served as Equerry to HRH The Prince of Wales. Mark left the army in 1997, and began working for Allied Domecq. In 2000 he founded The Bar Management Company, followed by The DM Group, which now operates gastro pubs in South West London. Between 1997 and 2005 Mark worked as a part-time private secretary for The Prince of Wales, with responsibility for Prince William and Prince Harry. Mark’s interests are travel, in particular in Southern Africa.
Board of Trustees – Damian West
Damian was educated at Ampleforth College in Yorkshire with His Majesty King Letsie III of Lesotho and His Royal Highness Prince Seeiso, and has enjoyed close connections with Lesotho for more than 30 years.
He worked as Legislative Assistant to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington DC, before joining MJ Gleeson Group plc as head of joint venture development and contracting. After ten years at MJ Gleeson, Damian left to become a director of Thorncliffe Mining, a mining group with operations in sub-Saharan and West Africa.
Management Team – Cathy Ferrier, Chief Executive
Cathy was appointed Sentebale’s Chief Executive in March 2012. Since then, the charity has expanded across Lesotho, reaching 50,000 children affected by HIV in 2017 with a range of interventions covering prevention, referral, retention and adherence to ART, as well as providing psychosocial support to children living with HIV.
In 2015, Sentebale opened the ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre, the first purpose built children’s camp in southern Africa, and in 2016, expanded programme delivery to Botswana. The charity has more than doubled its annual income over the period.
In 2017 Cathy was appointed Chair of The Circle, an organisation started by Annie Lennox working for equality for women and girls, in a fairer world. Cathy was previously Fundraising and Communications Director at Oxfam, where she was responsible for raising over £100m per annum. Prior to joining the charity sector, Cathy’s commercial career spanned 25 years in buying and marketing roles for leading retailers, including the Burton Group, the Walt Disney Company, WH Smith and Borders.
Cathy, who is married married with three daughters, lives in Oxfordshire.
Management Team – Palesa Mphohle, Country Director, Lesotho
Palesa Mphohle was appointed Sentebale’s Country Director in Lesotho with effect from the 3rd May 2017.
Palesa previously worked for Christoffel Blindernmission in Cape Town as an Advisor on Disability Inclusive Development across six southern African countries, prior to this she worked in Pretoria for Africa Disability Alliance, and co-founded Touch Roots Africa which provides child protection and psychosocial support in her home country, Lesotho. She brings a wealth of experience working with NGOs and governments in Lesotho and southern Africa in areas of programme development, capacity building, psychosocial care and support, and advocacy for the rights of marginalised children and young people.
Palesa joins Sentebale at a critical time as we scale up our operations supporting vulnerable children and adolescents affected by HIV and AIDS and her leadership experience will play a pivotal role to the Lesotho team going forward.
Ambassador – Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Figueras
Nacho Figueras is one of very few players who actively draw spectators and media attention to polo, the “Sport of Kings” – a sport with over two thousand years of history, an Olympic pedigree and an ever increasing fan base who recognise its addictive charm.
Nacho has long enjoyed an association with polo. Born in Argentina in 1977, Nacho developed a love for horses and the game of polo when he was nine. By the time he was 17 Nacho had begun his professional polo career, and today plays all over the world including Spain, the UK, Argentina, Brazil, Singapore, the Philippines, China and the UAE.
Nacho has played in several Sentebale charity matches with Prince Harry across the globe including the US, South Africa and Abu Dhabi. Most recently he played in Miami where he captained the Royal Salute team in the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup in May 2016. He has also been the face of Ralph Lauren’s Black Label line since 2005, and represents the entire line of Polo fragrances. Most importantly to Nacho, he is a family man and father of four.
Ambassador – Laura Main
Laura Main first performed on stage as a child in her hometown of Aberdeen in The Sound of Music and Annie. She was trained in London at Webber Douglas Acadamy of Dramatic Art and went straight to the Royal Shakespeare Company to play in Alice in Wonderland. This was followed with a season at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre where Laura played Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and Phoebe in As You Like It. She has been seen in a number of roles on television including ITV detective drama Murder City, Doctors, and Is Harry on the Boat?
She has starred in six series of Call the Midwife in which she plays Shelagh Turner. In November 2015 Laura took part in the Call The Midwife Strictly Come Dancing Special for Children in Need, taking home the coveted Pudsey Glitter Ball trophy.
Laura made her first visit to Lesotho in April 2015 and returned in November 2015 for the official opening of the ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre. In December 2016 Laura Main kicked off the #BikeToBeatHIV 750m challenge at the 24th ICAP Charity Day against the Founder of mothers2mothers, Dr Mitch Besser. In April 2017 she will run the Virgin London Marathon in support of Sentebale.
Ambassador – Joss Stone
Joss Stone is a BRIT and Grammy award-winning soul singer and songwriter. Securing a record deal at 15, and recording her star-making debut album, The Soul Sessions soon after, Joss has performed with some of the industry greats including James Brown, Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight. She has also collaborated with the likes of Dave Stewart and Mick Jagger, and has sold over 12 million albums to date.
2014 saw her complete work on her seventh studio album and start out on her most ambitious project to date – the Total World Tour. Her mission is to attempt to play a concert in every country on the planet, also performing with homegrown musicians and working with a variety of charitable causes along the way including Sentebale. In April 2014, stage one of Joss Stone’s Total World Tour kicked off in South Africa. Following a performance in Johannesburg, Joss travelled to Lesotho where she was met by Prince Seeiso and taken to meet and sing for the children at St. Bernadette’s Resource Centre for the Blind and Phelisanong Children’s Centre.With music being a shared passion, Joss was a big hit with the children.
In November 2015, Joss performed at the opening of the ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre. In June 2016, she sang with the Basotho Youth Choir who travelled from Lesotho for the Sentebale Concert in the grounds of Kensington Palace.
Ambassador – George Mpanga
George Mpanga, better known as George the Poet, is a critically acclaimed recording artist, spoken word poet and social commentator. Born to Ugandan parents on St Raphael’s estate in Harlesden, north-west London, he began performing rap and grime at the age of 15. He attended Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet and studied politics, psychology and sociology at King’s College, Cambridge. It was at University where George decided to adapt his rap to spoken word in order to communicate more effectively with his audience.
Shortly after graduating, Mpanga embarked on a music career, culminating in the 2014 release of his debut EP, “The Chicken & the Egg”. The EP earned George a string of nominations, including the Brits Critics’ Choice Award, MTV ‘Brand New’ Award and BBC Sound of 2015 Shortlist.
George has written and performed poetry pieces for various commercial and corporate projects, including the Rugby World Cup 2015 opening ceremony and the Monaco Grand Prix 2014. He has also been involved in publicity initiatives including the ethical decision making initiative FHPC and the 2015 NHS Organ Donor drive.
George wrote a poem, to commemorate the opening of the ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre in November 2015, entitled ‘We Can Fight’, which was released to mark World AIDS Day 2015. He performed the poem, along with several other hits, at the Sentebale Concert in June 2016 in the grounds of Kensington Palace.
Ambassador – Adam Bidwell
Adam Bidwell is the most recently appointed Sentebale ambassador. He played rugby for Cambridge University and London Welsh before starting a career in the city for the South African bank Investec. In 2010 he took a couple of months off to head to Lesotho as a guest of Sentebale, and enjoyed the trip so much has been back every year since. Adam has spent most of his time in Lesotho at orphanages that have been supported by Sentebale, including Semonkong and Phelisanong Children’s Centre. Over the years he has got to know many of the children well.
Adam has made significant contributions personally by raising funds for Sentebale and specific projects, and Investec has now also become one of Sentebale supporters.
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