Mumsy is the Head Housekeeper for our St Lucia/Zululand volunteer projects, although for anyone who has joined the project will know, she is a jack of all trades and does a remarkable job supporting volunteers on both our Orphan Day Care and Rural Medical Project! Let's find out a little bit more about her...
When Mumsy meets anyone for the first time, she greets them with a big smile, a sawubona (hello), warm handshake and an open heart. She is a woman of many talents with big hopes and dreams for her and her family’s future. Not only is she a wonderful cook, but she is also a hair stylist and an amazing singer. She loves nothing better than going to church every Sunday and singing with her fellow church members.
Her parents moved her and her two brothers to South Africa from Mozambique at the age of two and settled in a town an hour away from where she lives and works now. Sadly her father died when she was 18, and she soon became the soul money earner supporting her mother, son, two brothers and their families. Even though Mumsy shoulders the responsibility of supporting her whole family and only gets to see them once a month, she loves sharing stories about her son and how cheeky her nieces and nephews are. She dreams of a future where her mother and brothers have a bigger home with electricity, and water and where her son and nieces and nephews go as far as they possibly can with their education so that they can have as many employment opportunities as possible.
Before moving to St Lucia and working for African Impact, Mumsy first started working in a lodge close to her family home and trained in a number of different positons. During her time at African Impact she has improved her English to the point where she now translates for many projects. Back in 2014 she chose to go to night school to finish her last year of high school and one her proudest moments was when she passed with flying colours. In the future she hopes to get her driver’s licence and to further her studies to become a nurse and work in the clinic to help the people in her community struggling for life.