Triumph Africa is a non-governmental organisation working for and with older people in Africa. Our vision is of Africa in which all older people lead an active, healthy, dignified life with access to healthcare, a range of retirement options and where their rights are protected.

Triumph  Africa was originally founded  by the late Elizabeth Immanuel in 1995   as a registered trust supporting widows and orphans in Zimbabwe.

Triumph Africa's programs have since been established in Sierra Leone and are poised to extend their reach to Rwanda, and Kenya

We are dedicated to reaching more  older people via  our daycentres   and healthworker outreach programs.

Our values

In working towards our vision and aims, we will demonstrate the following values:

Humility - We humbly serve   others and  each other with an openness to listen and  learn.

Integrity & accountability - We will be open, honest and accountable in our relationships with everyone we work with, and with each other.

Collaboration - We respect and value each other, thrive on our diversity, and work with partners to leverage our strength in making a difference for older people

Dream Big -  We aim to reach and positvely impact lives of older people for generations to come. Think scale  and  sustainability.

David and Rebecca Chivunga chair our board. They have been married for over 60 years. David is a decendant of Chief Chihota and recently retired from his role as Sabhuku (Chief's Council) in Kaski, Chegutu. He is a retired Logistics Professional with over 50years experience in smallholder farming. Rebecca comes from a pioneering cotton farming background in Msengezi. Rebecca aslo ran a women's group for over 20 years as part of her church leadership team. Through this she led and established a number of community and cooperative initiatives.

David and Rebecca's farms and market gardening projects have produced maize for the commercial market and pumpkins, sweet potatoes, green beans, peanuts, nyimo (Vigna subterranea), tomatoes, rape and onions for local markets in Zimbabwe.

They continue to run orchards and a small scale dairy holding  as part of their farms community outreach. This provides mangoes, guavas, peaches, bananas, magaka (Kiwano/african horned cucumber), mazhanje, milk and soured milk to local families for free.

Our Board and Executive

Tendai D Immanuel serves as the Cheif Executive Officer of Triumph Africa. She is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience within industry leading businesses in the commercial sector. Tendai also has 10 years experience  serving in international development and NGO leadership. Tendai reformed Triumph Africa in 2007 following the passing of her mother and our initial founder Elizabeth Immanuel, as a continuation of the legacy to look after widows and orphans.

Tendai is  a vocal advocate  for the rights of older people  and is passionate about improving  the quality of life for older people in Africa.

Emily Dube Mapfuwa is an International lawyer with an interest in Human Rights (Child Rights), Employee Law and Occupational Health Practice. Emily has a successful private sector consultancy which she runs alongside her philanthropy work.

Emily is founder and Executive Chair Person Of Voice Of The African Child (VOAC). A Pan African Charity that advocates for the restoration of dignity, empowerment, wellbeing and overall social welfare in the lives of African orphan and vulnerable children. She leads VOAC’s civil partnership with Save The Children’s Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) alliance.

Michelle Mderede owns and runs award winning commercial farms together with her husband Cecil employing over 250 men and women. They were awarded the title National farmer of the year in 2000 and have gone on to receive the African Farmer of the Year award twice. Michelle has a wealth of experience in farming as well as agribusiness. Michelle is deeply passionate about improving the well being of men, women and children who live in rural Zimbabwe.  She has built a thriving community around their farms with various initiatives that are open to  their wider local communities including health visitor programmes, a nursery school and support for widows and orphans.

Morejoy Saineti is dementia consultant specialist nurse with extensive experience in managing tuberculosis, HIV counselling, community psychiatric nursing, crisis intervention and dementia care. She is also a visiting lecturer at Greenwich University.

Morejoy's award wining work (International Dementia Nurse of the Year 2010 and runner-up Public Servant of the Year 2010) was featured on BBC,

Channel 4, London News and later whilst raising Dementia Awareness in 2014 on BEN TV.

She is also the founder of Regeneration Centre an International NGO with a strong focus on raising dementia awareness and training health professionals on the topic.

Dr Zuliana Banda  is a Medical doctor practicing in the United Kingdom. Zuliana is a strong believer in family being the cornerstone of building strong communities. Zuliana serves the board by advising on issues relating to illnesses that affect older people.



  • Advocacy for  the rights of older


  • Agribusiness  information and


  • Day Centres
  •          Dementia Awareness  community and carer training.
  • Nutrition awareness programme
  • Palliative care  training
  • Supporting grandparents caring

for orphans.

These maps show the proportion of population aged 60 or over in 2014 and 2050 and demonstrate the speed at which populations are ageing.

Fast Facts

Source: UNDESA Population division, World population prospects: the 2015 revision, DVD Edition, 2015.

  • Nearly two-thirds of the 44.4 million people with dementia live in low and middle-income countries. [1]
  • Today, 982 million people are over 60. [2]
  • 62% of people over 60 live in developing countries; by 2050 this number will have risen to 80% [3]
  • Over the last half century, life expectancy at birth has increased by almost 20 years. [4]
  • It is estimated that by 2050 there will be over 2 billion people aged 60 and over, more than twice the number measured in 2000. Almost 400 million of them will be aged 80+ [5]
  • 80% of older people in developing countries have no regular income [6]


1 Alzheimer’s Disease International; Dementia statistics.

2 UN, Department of Economic and Social Affairs Population Division; World Population Prospects, key findings & advance tables; 2017 revision

3 World Bank; Old Age Security and Social Pensions.

4 UNDESA World Population Ageing; 1950 – 2050; chapter 1: Demographic determinants of population ageing.

5 World Health Organization; 10 facts on ageing and the lifecourse (2012)

6 World Health Organization; Older persons in emergencies: considerations for action and policy development.


27 Old Gloucester Street London,  WC1N 3AX


Shankuru Estate

Glen Esk Road, Box 307


302 Princes Place

Cnr 9th & Livingstone

Triumph Africa is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales registration number 10938884

Email: connect@triumphintl.org    Tel: +(44) 20 3670 4406

©2017 Triumph Media. All Rights Reserved