MRP Foundation Ambassador & Mentorship Programme
The MRP Foundation Ambassador & Mentorship Programme welcomes Henry Holland
and Anisa Mpungwe
as its ambassadors.
In partnership with MRP, the Ambassador & Mentorship Programme provides significant individuals at the top of their field within the fashion and design world with the opportunity to mentor previously unemployed young South Africans enrolled in the MRP Foundation’s JumpStart Programme.
The JumpStart Manufacturing Programme directly addresses South Africa’s youth unemployment challenge by developing manufacturing skills for the youth and facilitating an associated trainee placement programme within MRP’s local supply chain. Ambassadors for the MRP Foundation facilitate the teaching of specific learning modules, which form part of the JumpStart Manufacturing Programme, while raising awareness for the MRP Foundation and it’s programmes. Click to find out more about JumpStart.
MRP were thrilled to welcome Henry as the first international ambassador for the MRP Foundation’s Ambassador & Mentorship programme and over the past three years Henry has raised well over one million Rand for the MRP Foundation through his collaborations with MRP.
"I feel incredibly honoured to have been asked to be an ambassador for the MRP Foundation. Seeing the work that they do and experiencing first-hand the positive changes the Foundation is bringing to children's lives has stayed with me since my first visit three years ago and I hope to be able to further initiate change,” said Henry.
Born in Tanzania and raised in South Africa, this talented designer and founder of Loin Cloth & Ashes worked at various fashion houses before she set sail for the prestigious London College of Fashion in the UK. Upon return to SA, she went on to win the highly acclaimed 2008 ELLE New Talent Award in association with MRP, and has since showcased her unique ranges at numerous fashion weeks locally and worldwide.
This fashionista is not just a successful business woman but someone who embodies the MRP Foundation’s beliefs of passion, value and partnership as she truly loves giving back to the community. Her advice to aspiring youth? “Never let anyone tell you no, not even you. But also remember that character is easier kept than recovered. It is tough, even for me, but we must try. Every day.”