Founder and Manager
I was born in Zimbabwe and have a passion for the music and dance of Zimbabwe and Sub-Saharan Africa. I run workshops all over the world including Singapore, Germany, Spain, the UK and in the east of England where I am based. I have been aiding children in Zimbabwe since 2005 by sending equipment and funding to children. I began the registered charity in 2011.
I am news correspondent for BBC Look East, the BBC’s regional news programme for the Eastern Counties, and the BBC News Channel. I also present the lunch time and late evening news. Born in Zimbabwe, I spent most of my childhood in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Israel. I have worked for the BBC for 30 years and am married to Susie Fowler-Watt, a BBC Look East presenter. We live in Norfolk with our daughter and son. I am very proud of my Zimbabwean roots and honoured to be Patron of the Mudeka Foundation.
Although I am now retired, my career as a research scientist involved collaborations with many scientists and students in Africa. It was through these students and my love of world music that I first met Anna. My previous work, my students, and my passion for travel, especially in Africa, made me acutely aware of how education can transform the lives of young people. I am privileged to have the opportunity to use my experience to help further the aims of the Mudeka Foundation to provide educational opportunities for orphaned children in Zimbabwe.
Trustee and Treasurer
I have been volunteering with the Mudeka Foundation since undertaking a degree in International Development at the University of East Anglia. During my studies I visited Zimbabwe to see, first-hand, the difference the Foundation makes to children. Our committed donors and volunteers provide me with the motivation and energy to continue doing more, and as I am now a qualified accountant living in Southampton, I am pleased to use my expertise to support the Foundation in the more formal role of treasurer.
Trustee and Education Officer
My passion in life is children! I have two children and have taught in primary schools for over 30 years. My association with the Foundation grew from a drumming project in my school, and as a result in one year, my class raised over £1000 for the Foundation! I am married to Steve, we both love Zimbabwe and want to do everything we can to support the work of the Foundation. We love traveling, spending time with family, and chilling out together! We serve on the leadership team of Hope Community Church, Wymondham.
Trustee and ZIPS Coordinator
My journey at the Mudeka Foundation started in 2012 at the age of 14, when I got the opportunity to go to Zimbabwe with the trustees and my father, Vaughan. This amazing trip left me with some special memories and exposed me to a different way of life, for which I am forever grateful. After volunteering as Minutes Secretary for over three years, I am now proud to be a trustee and the ZIPS Coordinator.
Trustee and UEA Student Liason Officer
After having lived in Uganda whilst conducting research for my PhD, a country where I also met and married my husband, I started organising global crafts events in Norfolk, got to know Anna and became involved in Southburgh Festival. As an social anthropologist by training, and having studied and taught at the School of International Development at UEA, I was keen to be involved in the Mudeka Foundation and the work that it does to enable children in Zimbabwe to have a better future.
In my career as a veterinary surgeon, welfare and compassion have played a very important role. I believe that all people should have the opportunity to improve their quality of life and as a trustee with the Mudeka Foundation I will be able to contribute to the wellbeing and education of children in Zimbabwe.
Our Team in Zimbabwe
Project Coordinator, Zimbabwe
I am a community development practitioner in the making, currently enrolled at the Women's University of Africa, in Zimbabwe. My course requires an attachment (internship) for 1 year with a relevant organisation and I am happy to have been accepted by the Mudeka Foundation. In 2019 I completed an internship with a charity developing the education of children in Mozambique. Improving the lives of women and children has always been my passion.
Mudeka Foundation Volunteer (Zimbabwe)
I am driven by a passion to motivate young people to believe in themselves and achieve their academic goals. Currently I am a final year apprenticeship student in mechanical engineering. Volunteering for the Mudeka Foundation will give me the opportunity to live my passion and I look forward to helping to progress the Foundation's work and to the experience it will bring me.
Social Media Coordinator
I have grown up with The Mudeka Foundation and I attended the Norfolk World Music Festival annually as a child. Being able to come back as social media co-ordinator is a fantastic opportunity to share all the work the Foundation has been doing for the past decade.
I was a pupil in Elisabeth Louis’ class at Barnham Broom Primary School when Anna came to teach us African Drumming. From having a penpal, I learnt how different and difficult schooling was for pupils in Zimbabwe. This, in part, led me to study International Development at the University of Sussex. I am volunteering for the Foundation whilst studying for my Masters in Media and International Development at UEA.
With Special Thanks to
I was born and bred in Zimbabwe and was awarded a Bachelor of Accountancy degree at the University of Zimbabwe in 1981. As a committed Christian, I fully support the work of the Mudeka Foundation in supporting orphans, and it is great to give something back to the education system of the country where I grew up.
One of the key drivers for my involvement with the Mudeka Foundation is the lovely and determined team and also seeing hope in the eyes of the grateful people in Zimbabwe with whom I have worked (and visited twice) over the years. Managing the Muda classrooms building (2013-2015) and the Muda DigDeep borehole installation (2018-2019) projects were a privilege, challenging and worth every effort. More locally and with great delight, I have managed the sound/lighting/bands for the main stage at the Southburgh/Norfolk World Music Festival over the last nine or ten years – it’s the Foundation's main fund-raising event - and such fun!
As the first Chairperson of the Mudeka Foundation, it has been a source of pride and privilege to be part of a team of dedicated volunteers. Since retiring in 2020 as a trustee, I look forward to supporting the team in an advisory capacity.
Anna taught me to play the djembe drum and gave me the confidence to also perform. This has given me countless fun and pleasure. After retiring as a trustee, I still wished to help bring about changes that I wish to see in the world and so I continue with the Mudeka Foundation in the role of child sponsorship (ZIPS) co-ordinator.
Hannah, Glynnis, Fani, Eve, Amy, Gintare, Rosie and Bryony. These are just a few of the volunteers and UEA project students who have given their time to help the Mudeka Foundation over the last ten years.