Nema Foundation is a UK registered charity (no. 1113131) operating in Northern Mozambique where it is registered as an NGO. Nema was established in 2006 alongside multi-award winning Guludo Beach Lodge to act as an independent charity to implement local projects. Today, Nema works with 16 communities with a combined population of 24,000.
We use a holistic and participatory approach to enable communities to sustainably free themselves from poverty whilst protecting their invaluable environmental resources. In our experience projects overlap and re-enforce each other creating stronger foundations for continued development. The villages we work with are partners, not simply beneficiaries; projects are designed and implemented through a network of village leaders and volunteers and only start once the community is 100% committed.
We work in 6 main areas; health, water, education, enterprise, agriculture and conservation. Examples of some of Nema’s activities and achievements include:
• Feeding 800 children one nutritious school meal every day
• Providing clean water for over 12,000 people from 30 water points
• Providing over 7,000 mosquito nets to mothers of young children
• Supporting 127 students with secondary school scholarships
Generous support from Guludo Beach Lodge and Jojo Maman Bebe covers all Nema’s overheads. This means that we can promise that 100% of every donation goes directly to projects. Thanks to our on-site presence, we can also guarantee long-term monitoring and evaluation to ensure efficiency and transparency of all our projects.
Amy Carter-James founded Nema and together with her husband, Neal, co-founded the multi-award winning resort, Guludo Beach Lodge, in Mozambique, and Thin Cats Thinking, a CR hospitality consultancy which assists hotels and resorts to work more efficiently with local communities. Some of the international awards Amy has been recognised in include; Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Women in Ethical Business and International Hotel Investment Forum’s Young Leader.
Laura Tenison MBE founder of JoJo Maman Bébé, offers Nema support in numerous ways including keeping the accounts, helping with administration and substantial in-house donations and fundraising. JoJo Maman Bébé and Laura Tenison have won numerous awards over the years including the prestigious Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of 2010 Award. Laura was made an MBE for services to business in 2005.
Charles Foster is a Barrister, Writer, Part Time Judge of the Crown Court, a tutor in medical law and ethics at the University of Oxford and a visiting fellow of Green College, Oxford.
Claire Bennison is a Director of Brooks Macdonald Asset Management and has supported Nema for over 5 years since her visit to Guludo in 2006. In 2009, she swam the English Channel raising monies for Nema. In January 2010 she officially became a trustee and most recently helped facilitate the hiring of the current Nema team. In addition, Claire has also undertaken the role of Trustee Secretary. Claire regularly attends Charity Investment Day’s keeping up to date with charitable investment policies and trustee responsibilities.
Richard Nightingale is a multi award winning Architect working around the globe. Richard studied at Cambridge University before setting up Kilburn Nightingale Architects, who have assisted Nema by drawing up plans for new school buildings and health clinics.
Robert Hewitt FCA, FABRP, qualified in 1979. He has extensive experience in completing viability reviews, fundraising and assisting developing companies and start up ventures, working with the management either as an advisor or as a director. Robert assists Nema by filing the annual accounts.
phone: +258 26 960536 (Mozambique) +44 207 1274727 (UK)