Our Story
The Zikomo Trust is a charity dedicated to raising awareness of the problems facing the people of Malawi and assisting in the areas of education, poverty and health care. Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world with a GDP per capita of just $1.35 per day yet its 16 million people are always welcoming and friendly as befits their reputation as ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’. The trust was formed in 2011 to provide a formal organisation to represent the previous 24 years of fundraising for projects in Malawi and to provide a vehicle for future assistance.

Origins of the name
‘Zikomo’ in the local Chichewa language means ‘Thank You’. The founder, Barry Brindley, worked in Central Africa for 14 years in the 1970’s and 80’s together with his wife Suzanne. Over that period they enjoyed the hospitality of the people of Zambia and Malawi, making many lifelong friends. Their four children were born there, two in Zambia and two in Malawi. On returning to the UK in 1987 they continued supporting projects in Malawi as a way of saying ‘thank you’ to the country and its people for the many happy experiences over the period.

Our Vision
The Trust was formed in 2011 with the following objectives:
• The promotion of activities designed to improve the conditions of life and/or promote the education of the people of Malawi.
• The collection, dispatch and distribution of education, medical and relief goods throughout Malawi;
• The funding of organisations and institutions actively involved in the relief of poverty and the provision of education e.g. the Malama Feeding Centre in Thyolo and the Mango Tree Nursery in Cape MaClear.
• The provision of grants and bursaries for identified children to attend an educational establishment up to and including tertiary level.

Meet the team
Chairman Barry Brindley

Barry was one of the founder teachers at Kamuzu Academy in Malawi and later Deputy Head of The Grammar School at Leeds. Barry’s role is promoting the Trust, principally in the Yorkshire area, raising funds and overseeing the projects in Malawi. Barry is available for speaking engagements/slideshows (Service clubs, church groups, schools, Luncheon clubs etc.). In the picture he is checking on the progress of the six Zikomo sponsored scholars at Chisapi Primary School.


Secretary Suzanne Brindley

Suzanne co-ordinates the support provided by the many Inner Wheel clubs throughout Yorkshire and provides much needed secretarial assistance. Suzanne taught physical education and languages in Zambia, Malawi and the UK.

Gregory, Dominic, Benjamin and Zealah Brindley pictured in front of the Administration building at Kamuzu Academy where they lived as young children from 1981 to 1987. Benjamin and Dominic were born in Zambia while Gregory and Zealah were born in Malawi. This is the family connection that binds the Zikomo Trust together. Other family trustees include Anouska Brindley, Hannah Brindley and Bex Brindley.


Frank Cooke MBE
Frank is our representative in Malawi as well as being the Headmaster of Kamuzu Academy. His MBE is a reward for the exceptional 36 years of service he has given to education in Malawi. For the Trust he ensures that the books, educational equipment, medicine and clothes sent from the UK by container are accurately distributed. He is pictured at Kasungu District Hospital after delivering crutches and much needed medicines.


Chairman Barry Brindley
Secretary Suzanne Brindley
Treasurer Zealah Brindley
Benjamin Brindley
Anouska Brindley
Dominic Brindley
Hannah Brindley
Gregory Brindley
Bex Brindley
Frank Cooke MBE

Silver Jubilee Dinner