London, 7 March 2009 – Sentebale, the charity founded by Prince Harry of the British Royal Family and Prince Seeiso from the Lesotho Royal Family, has appointed London lawyer Sophie Chandauka as one of its four new trustees. Sentebale’s mission is to use innovative approaches to transform the lives of Lesotho’s orphans and vulnerable children, many of whom are the victims of poverty and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Following its setting up of local operations on the ground, Sentebale’s new appointments signal an expansion of its work, with plans to reach more than 400,000 orphaned children in Lesotho.
This appointment means there are now eight trustees on the Board, who all contribute actively to the charity, guiding and governing Sentebale’s work. Sophie was appointed after a national search, due to her professional skills and passion for education and empowerment of young Africans as catalysts for positive change on the continent.
Sophie’s international education, and professional experience in a global firm, has equipped her with an understanding of how international organisations can best work within the African context to achieve positive outcomes. She plans to assist with raising awareness, fundraising and encouraging other young people to get involved.
Sophie works as a Corporate lawyer at Baker & McKenzie, London, and in July 2008, her business achievements were recognised when she was named one of Management Today’s 35 women under 35.
Commenting on her appointment, Sophie said: ”This is a remarkable opportunity and the next several months will be very exciting. I am looking forward to contributing and witnessing the success of Sentebale’s projects, and as a young African, to sharing this significant positive story about a continent that has enormous potential in its resilient and talented children.”
For more information about Sentebale, visit www.sentebale.org