Life Begins

Africa is a land of smiles and joy, of curiosity, enthusiasm, friendship and kindness. The perception we most often see on the news is one of poverty and despair and undoubtedly there are huge problems from disease, lack of education and medical facilities, conflict, corruption and natural disaster as well as the endemic poverty. There is no magic wand to make these problems go away, but with some time, effort and a little bit of money we can make a big difference, especially in the lives of society's most vulnerable - its children.  




Life Begins is the brainchild of Lynne Mendelsohn after her life-changing trip to Africa in 2007.  Lynne spent several months working as a teaching assistant in Livingstone Zambia and working with orphans in Livingstone ,Temane and Vilanculos in Mozambique, as well as spending time on conservation projects in Zimbabwe and South Africa and travelling in Namibia and Botswana.  Lynne has persuaded some friends to join her in this venture to make a real difference to the lives of children in Africa.  We’re starting small but our aims are big- every child we reach has a life that is improved and may then help improve their community.  



The charity is called Life Begins for two reasons - Lynne spent her 40th birthday in Zambia - a country where the average life expectancy is currently 37 years of age and so she really took to heart the saying “Life begins at 40”.  It is also intended to reflect our goal to provide children with as good a start in life as possible, to open up to them new opportunities, to improve their self esteem and to enable them to become confident, independent adults with the means to look after themselves.  Sometimes this will involve directly helping children, sometimes their families and sometimes whole communities.


We have a choice: “do something” or  “do nothing”.

It is as simple as that.

We want to do something.