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Makomborero Zimbabwe is a local Zimbabwean Trust set up by Mark and Laura Albertyn to serve their vision for helping low-income families access A-level education and further their studies, seeing lives and families changed forever. Makomborero Zimbabwe is a small trust which was set up in 2011.

Brain Karemba

Brian Karemba is the Chairperson of Makomborero Zimbabwe. Brian is a Regional Manager of one of Zimbabwe’s top listed companies, responsible for the entire value chain for one of the nation’s leading brands in the southern half of the country. Brian has over 15 years of operations management experience in varied roles from production, new product development projects and Lean Manufacturing.

He holds a BSc (Hons) in Biology and Biochemistry as well as a number of other qualifications in operations management and ICT. He is married with four lovely children – Keisha, Ruvarashe, Brian (Jr) and Zvikomborero. Brian is passionate about helping others to reach their fullest potential through training and coaching.

In his spare time he enjoys reading, programming, and a good game of basketball.

Mark Albertyn

Mark Albertyn has a BSc (Mathematics) from University of Unisa and a Teachers Training certificate in Secondary Education. He is the Co-founder of Makomborero and Makomborero Zimbabwe. Mark is passionate about supporting the under privileged and seeing lives changed through education. He is currently Deputy Head at a top private school in Harare, Hellenic Academy and he loves the depth that working for both Hellenic and Makomborero brings to his life. He is also the CEO of Makomborero Zimbabwe.

Mark is married to Laura (COO of Makomborero Zimbabwe) and they have four children – Matthew, Zoe, Ella and Phoebe.

Minali De Silva

Minali has lived and worked in Zimbabwe, Australia, England and Sri Lanka. She has a BA in Art and Design from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Minali also worked in education at TGS International School in Sri Lanka as the Principal. She currently heads a charity called Maoko Ane Tsitsi working alongside vulnerable women and children. She is passionate about building sustainable communities and seeing lives transformed.

Minali is married to Dilhan and they have two children.

Andrew Makonese

Andrew has an MEd (Leadership) from Morling College. He is passionate about developing education strategies for young people and improving the lives of people through education. He is currently Deputy Head at Gateway Primary School in Harare. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys reading books and gardening.

Andrew is married to Sharon and they have one daughter, Emily.

Pelly Wood

Pelly is married and has four wonderful grown-up children scattered around the world. She has over 30 years’ experience in accounting and stakeholder management within a range of businesses including educational institutions, international NGOs, professional services firms and agriculture enterprises. Pelly prides herself on a high level of performance, her ability to train and manage staff well, her accuracy and ethical standards. Pelly has a passion to see young people reach their potential and often plays a mothering role to many of our Makomborero students that she often has working for her as gap year students. Pelly brings to Makomborero Zimbabwe years of financial experience, systems and accountability as well as a big heart for all our students and the work that we do.

Pelly loves to read, enjoys time in her garden and keeps fit with her pilates classes.

Simon Alott

Simon graduated in 1996 with a Chemical Engineering degree at UCT. He worked for a number of years in industry before completing a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education at the University of Western Australia in Perth in 2009, during eight years in the diaspora with his family. During their time in Perth, Simon taught sciences and mathematics in high school before taking on a Headship in a Christian primary school.

In November 2015, the Allotts returned to Zimbabwe to take on a role heading the high school at The Heritage School in Harare and home-schooling their three children. In August 2019 they moved out to the Peterhouse Group of Schools, where Simon and Helen both work, and where all three of their children are enrolled.

Simon is married to Helen, they have three children (Nicole, Melissa and Isaac), three dogs, and a cat. Several other pets (cats, rabbits and hamsters) have come and gone over the years! So it’s a busy household!

Carola Bogezi

Carola, who is originally from the Netherlands, first set foot in Zimbabwe in 2007, when she literally lost her heart to the country. She is now truly adopted into the Zimbabwean culture. Carola is married to Shelton and they have two amazing children (Esther and Caleb), who reap the benefits of growing up in this amazing country.

She arrived in 2007 to work with a medicinal herbal project and the associated clinic, assisting the poorest of the poor with health care. In her role as Project Manager, she ran the project for a year before she and her husband moved to the beautiful Eastern Highlands (Nyanga) to support the local church and empower the local community through a number of projects and initiatives.

She is a Molecular Microbiologist (PhD) by profession, but has recently gained her teaching license and works as a Science teacher at Hellenic Academy. Her passion is to help everybody to get better at everything, regardless of where they stand on the ladder. She thoroughly enjoys teaching some of the Makomborero students and seeing them develop into young men and women who reach for the stars.

If she has any spare time, she loves to read a good book or go the extra mile in the kitchen to cook a special meal for family and friends.

Annual Report and Accounts

Our Annual Report and Accounts reviews our performance for the year, the progress we’re making against our objectives and our aims for the future. There is also information on our governance, structure and management, and detailed accounts of our finances.