Biography of Lisa LOVATT-SMITH
Born on 27/05/1967 (format : day/month/year)Biography :
Lisa Lovatt-Smith born in 1967 in Barcelona of British parents. At 18, she began a meteoric career at Vogue magazine that took her to posts in London, Milan, Madrid and Paris. Lisa has published five books on interiors, including London Living, the first in the new Living series, and Paris Interiors, Moroccan Interiors and Provençal Interiors. She has also published two books on fashion photography, and has curated various exhibitions in the fields of design and photography. She now lives in Ghana.
Oct 2012, she became Clarins Dynamic woman . This Award has recognized and rewarded the generosity and commitment of exceptional women since 1997, whose projects have improved the lives of children worldwide.
It was in 2002, after a trip to Ghana, when she decided to take a significant turn in her life, volunteering at an orphanage in the country. She was so moved by the experience of living with the orphans that decided to help in a more sustained and substantial way, leaving her glamorous lifestyle, and moving permanently to Africa where she founded the NGO Orphanage Africa (today OrphanAid Africa).
“We, Europeans, must get out of our heads the idea that we go to Africa to bring them "light" when we try to help them. They already have light, they just need us to give them the plug.”
In its early years, OA developed programs under the name Orphanage Africa for the purpose of assisting children's homes to be healthier and happier places for growing children, avoiding, if possible, the institutionalization of orphans and abandoned children.
In 2007 she began a partnership with the Department of Social Welfare of Ghana and UNICEF. Together they developed the Initiative for Reform of Care, a program with a duration of five years that has changed the way to assist orphans and vulnerable children in Ghana.
Consistent with the new policy they adopted, that placed the emphasis and resources on family and community care, avoiding as far as possible the orphanages, in 2007 they changed the name of the NGO to OrphanAid Africa.
Last update : 11/12/2012