Having trained as a nurse and midwife in Edinburgh, Liz went on to qualify as a teacher of nursing and life sciences, completed a degree in primary care, and worked in general practice in the UK for nearly twenty years.
She started supporting clinical work in East Africa in 1993, at first effectively as a holiday project, and has worked with local and refugee populations in Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. To support this work, she taught herself Swahili and gained a certificate in tropical nursing from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
The aim of the charity is to provide the Maasai people living in a rural group of villages in Tanzania, East Africa, with the basic necessities of life, working closely in partnership with the leaders of the community to provide them with a help up, rather than a help out, creating and encouraging sustainable projects that enable the Maasai to support themselves and to have a much better quality of life.
At the end of her at times moving talk, which demonstrated what can be achieved if one sets one's mind to it, between them the 60 or so Forum members present that morning donated the amazing total of £330 to assist Liz in the pursuit of her organisation's charitable objectives.