Executive Chairperson at Higher Life Foundation
Tsitsi Masiyiwa is the executive chairperson of the Higher Life Foundation. Through her role, she oversees five Trusts with operations in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Burundi and Lesotho. Alongside her husband, Strive Masiyiwa, they founded these Trusts by identifying the drastic developmental and social needs of African communities in which their telecommunications network, Econet Wireless International operates.
Their Capernaum Trust has assisted over 40,000 orphaned and disadvantaged children in Africa through scholarships, spiritual, social and life skills training, food packages and medical assistance. In addition, the Higher Life Foundation recently established the Ambassador Andrew Young Scholarship, a $6.5 million dollar scholarship fund that sends African students to attend the Morehouse College in the US. Ambassador Andrew Young is the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, who is internationally recognized for the vital role in the Civil Rights Movement and international peacekeeping efforts.
Masiyiwa also chairs the board of National Health Care Trust of Zimbabwe, which offers scholarships to medical students at the Zimbabwe College of Sciences. In a direct effort to improve the quality of education medical students received, the Trust partnered with the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA) to set up a Virtual Learning Centre at the University of Zimbabwe in 2011.
Masiyiwa demonstrates a passion for gospel and serves as a deaconess and evangelist. She is also a mother of six children.