Who we are
Sentebale is a charity founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso in 2006 following Prince Harry’s gap year to Lesotho in 2004.
We help the most vulnerable children in Lesotho 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 Lesotho’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. Together, we’re making a big difference to these children’s lives. We can do even more with your help.
Patrons – Prince Harry
“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 – Philip Green CBE, Chairman
Philip Green has been appointed Chairman of Carillion PLC with effect from May 2014. He is Senior Independent non-executive director of Saga, non-executive chairman of BakerCorp in the US and non executive chairman designate of Williams & Glyn’s. He was Chief Executive of United Utilities plc 2006-2011. During his tenure, Philip restructured and strengthened management, created strategic focus, a strong and credible capital structure, and improved operational performance. Before joining UU, Philip served as CEO of P&O Nedlloyd, one of the world’s largest container shipping companies, as Chief Operating Officer of Reuters Group plc, and as Chief Operating Officer for Europe and Africa at DHL.
Philip is the Prime Minister’s adviser on corporate responsibility. He is also personally involved in several philanthropic projects in Southern Africa, including being patron of Hope Through Action. Philip was awarded a CBE in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. He received the award for services to business and to charity, in the UK and South Africa. Philip is married to Judy; they have two daughters.
Board of Trustees – Tim Boucher
Tim Boucher is a senior finance executive at SABMiller plc 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
A former senior diplomat at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Nicola was the British High Commissioner to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland from May 2009 to September 2013.
She 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.
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 Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2003 New Year Honours and Dame Commander of the same Order (DCMG) in the 2011 Birthday Honours.
She became Vice-Provost (International) at University College London in May, with responsibility for developing UCL’s International Strategy and continuing to expand the university’s global profile.
Board of Trustees – The Rt Hon the Baroness Chalker of Wallasey
After 18 years as an MP, Lynda Chalker completed 20 years in the House of Lords last April. 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 – Tsitsi Chawatama
Tsitsi is a Consultant Paediatrician at Kingston Hospital. Holding a Postgraduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene from the London School and a Masters in International Child Health (University College London, she is a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health (RCPCH) and the Children’s HIV Association UK (CHIVA), 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 program, 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 and 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 – Johnny Hornby
After graduating from Edinburgh University, Johnny became a graduate trainee at Ogilvy & Mather. In June 2001, he set up Clemmow Hornby Inge, now CHI & Partners, an advertising agency with British Gas, Lexus, Carphone Warehouse, Burger King and Argos on its client list. Since 2007, when WPP became a minority partner in the business, Johnny has launched MSix, a full-service media agency backed by Group M, CHI & Partners New York, and The Social Practice in London. Johnny is married, has five children, and is a keen equestrian eventer. He is also a Governor of Marlborough College, a trustee of the English Heritage Foundation and on the board of The Mobile Money Network.
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 as Sentebale’s Chief Executive in March 2012. Before joining Sentebale, Cathy was Oxfam’s Fundraising Director, responsible for raising over £100m a year from individuals in the UK. She oversaw the implementation of a CRM system that improved marketing and communications to more than 800,000 supporters, and increased income for the leading international development charity during a difficult economic period.
Cathy spent more than 25 years in buying and marketing roles for leading retailers, including WHSmith, the Walt Disney Company and the Burton Group. Her commercial experience and understanding of international development will be a huge boost to Sentebale as it expands its work. Cathy has three grown-up daughters and lives in Oxford.
Management Team – Tumisang Leduma, Country Director
Tumisang Leduma joined Sentebale as Country Director in April 2013.
Tumisang brings extensive experience to Sentebale having worked with GROW for ten years and as their Managing Director for the past seven. In this role he developed long-term partnerships with local and international organisations and government ministries to build and ensure the sustainability of GROW’s work in building capacities of communities to address better challenges brought about by poverty and HIV/AIDS. This included managing a multi-year, high-value HIV/AIDS rights based project benefitting women, vulnerable children and their families. Tumisang is a strong leader who believes in individuals taking ownership of their work and fully understanding their role within a team.
Tumisang has worked with the Ministry of Education and Training for three years; a great platform from which to continue building Sentebale’s own relationships with government and plans for expansion. Tumisang is married and enjoys football, cycling and hiking.
Ambassador – Nacho Figueras Ignacio
Nacho Figueras is one of very few high-goal players who actively draw spectators and media attention to 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 the high-octane, yet enchanting, sport of 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 polo all over the world including Spain, England, Argentina, Brazil, Singapore, Philippines, China and the UAE.
Nacho has played in several Sentebale charity matches with Prince Harry in the US, in England and last year in Brazil where he captained the St. Regis polo team in the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup. 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 just finished filming series five of ‘Call the Midwife’ in which she plays Shelagh Turner and last year also played a major role in ‘The Mill’ for Channel 4. Recently, Laura took part in the 2015 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.
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 as well as collaborating on record with the likes of Dave Stewart and Mick Jagger. She has sold over 12 million albums to date
2014 will see 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. On 2nd 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 Centre for the blind, a programme visited by Prince Harry on his trip to Lesotho in 2012.
On 7th April, Joss travelled north of Maseru to Phelisanong Children’s Centre that cares for vulnerable children – many whom are orphans, with disabilities and HIV-positive. Following a tour of the centre and spending time with the children, Joss and her band performed an acoustic concert to over 100 children with the Maluti Mountains forming the backdrop. With music being a shared passion, Joss was a big hit with the children.
Ambassador – George Mpanga
George Mpanga is a critically acclaimed recording artist 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.
George won a social enterprise competition called “The Stake”, organised by Barclays and Channel 4, earning him a £16,000 grant to deliver poetry workshops to disadvantaged young people.
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 such as; the Rugby World Cup 2015 opening ceremony and the Monaco Grand Prix 2014. As well as publicity initiatives including the ethical decision making initiative FHPC and the 2015 NHS Organ Donor drive.