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Biography

Even as a young child she showed an interest in children of different nationalities and cultures. She qualified as a primary school teacher and spent her first 3 years working near her home. Daphne then decided she wanted to reach out to children in deprived areas.

She was appointed to a school in Islington near Chapel Street market, at that time one of the worst housing areas in London. There she encountered families who had just arrived from the West Indies, Cyprus and Italy. She learnt how to support children who could not speak English and spent hours visiting West Indian families in their poverty stricken homes.

Having experienced several different multi-cultural schools in North London, Daphne was appointed as head teacher to Hillshott Infant and Nursery School, Letchworth in where, at that time, two thirds of the pupils were from Asian or West Indian backgrounds. She stayed there for 25 years.

Daphne was seconded to undertake a year's research at the Cambridge Institute of Education on the language development of young children for whom English was their second language. Following this she wrote a book Mother Tongue to English published by the Cambridge University Press (iSBN: 0521292999), which was distributed throughout the UK and Australia. It was reprinted twice, the second time in 2000 in South Africa.

During the summer of the Silver Jubilee year, Daphne met the Queen at a special garden party in Buckingham Palace to which she had been invited because of her work with children from so many different cultures.

Daphne took early retirement from her school in 1992 in order to study at the University of Hertfordshire. She gained a post graduate diploma in counselling with a university prize for her work. Since then she has been a counsellor in Primary Care at a GP's surgery for 13 years and also worked in a hospice.

In 1993 Daphneís mother died leaving money to a mission which was used for drilling a borehole to provide fresh water for a village called Gwava in the Masvingo region of Zimbabwe. In 1999 Daphne visited this site and financed an extension from the borehole to the vegetable fields. She made a video film showing the difference water made to Gwava, and as a result, friends and colleagues gave her money to provide water in another village.

Realising the potential of this video, Daphne joined the Potters Bar video club and learnt how to edit films and set them to music and a commentary. As well as recording African villages she then travelled and made a number of wildlife films including African safaris, penguins in South America and monkeys in the Borneo rainforest. She has been awarded the title of LACI (Licentiate of Institute of Amateur Cinemaphotographers) for this work.

Daphne has made a one-hour video of her projects to date, which she shows to groups and schools. Through the presentations of this video, alongside financial donations, she has raised enough money to provide fresh drinking water in 33 African villages, schools and churches and a pump and extension pipes to one. So far there has been 31 projects in Zimbabwe and two in Uganda. Where possible Daphne goes out personally to supervise each one and check on those previously installed. She always pays her own fare and expenses, staying in simple mission accommodation or family homes often without electricity or water. Every penny is spent on the provision of water.