‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’ – Nelson Mandela
The Mwezi Foundation gives solar light libraries to schools in South East Kenya so that children can do their homework at night. The Mwezi lights are solar powered, fully serviceable and replace expensive and dangerous kerosene (paraffin) lamps. John manufactures the lights in Likoni, Kenya, and Dorcas identifies schools which need lights, visit the schools and discuss the importance of homework. They also swap any lights which need servicing. They are the only paid employees of the Mwezi Foundation and their wages are covered separately. All money donated goes directly to manfacturing, distributing and maintaining lights. There are no other overheads. Our registered charity number is 1163037.
UK Leadership Team
Claire Paye – Director
Claire has been a Director of the Mwezi Foundation since 2015. She is a Research Director for an M&A Consultancy firm.
Her career has involved management in Barclays Bank, church youth work, tour leading in Spanish speaking countries and heading up the World Trade team at London Chamber of Commerce, leading trade missions in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and South East Asia. Having lived and worked in Africa she knows the massive difference an education can make to the outcomes of children in the schools which the Mwezi Foundation supports through the provision of solar lights.
Mike Hamblin – Director
Mike is the original Director of the Mwezi Foundation, having been involved since its incorporation in 2014.
He originally qualified as a barrister in 1976 and worked for the Hong Kong Government for 10 years before returning to the UK. After qualifying as a solicitor, he founded a legal practice in 1993 of which he is still senior partner although he has largely retired from legal work.
Helen Jackson – Director
Helen has recently joined the board of trustees at the Mwezi Foundation and has particular involvement in our emerging programme linking UK schools with Kenyan schools.
As a qualified primary school teacher, Helen has seen first hand the positive impact that can be achieved when you tackle removing barriers to education. She is passionate about ensuring access to education for all children and feels privileged to be working with the Mwezi Foundation as they seek to further educational opportunities in a very practical way.
George is Mwezi’s resident Olympian. He won a Gold medal in the men’s four at the Rio 2016 Olympics and a bronze medal in the men’s pair at the London 2012 Games. He’s a sports enthusiast and if he’s not running, swimming or cycling he can be found on the golf course.
He now works as an engineer in a manufacturing business in Surrey and is passionate about simple, robust product design. The Mwezi Foundation light is a brilliant example of how an innovative, simple design can transform people’s lives not only through the primary use of the device in schools and homes but also through the service and redistribution of the product. George believes in the Mwezi Foundation mission and is very excited to be a part of the team.
Alan Pover CMG – Patron
Alan Pover is a former British High Commissioner to The Gambia. His distinguished career included several years as part of HM Overseas Inspectorate, which involved extensive travel throughout Africa on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. His postings included Nigeria, Israel, Pakistan, South Africa, Washington DC and The Gambia. His experience and advice is invaluable in helping the Mwezi Foundation to operate in Kenya and develop links with local NGOs.
Mike Sherry – Founder
Mike Sherry is one of the founders of Mwezi Ltd. He helped develop the Mwezi solar light and established the connection with Likoni in Kenya. He set up the Mwezi Foundation and has been a massive support in enabling us to become independent. He continues to run Mwezi Ltd.