About Us



We give parents the understanding and tools to grow attachment, so making their children’s lives better.  P1000618 The work will be evidence based.

Maskell-Graham, D. (2009) Baby Bonding: an evaluation of how parental behaviours associated with secure attachment between mothers and their infants are affected by lullaby and movement practices.


Founder’s vision

Helen Howes, retired counsellor and play therapist, founder of Lullaby Africa.

“When I first visited a feeding centre in Kibera, Nairobi I saw small children who had just been orphaned and had no-one to care for them. What broke my heart was the total lack of understanding that the leader of this centre had- he thought that if the children had one meal a day their needs would be catered for.  Then I visited orphanages in Kisumu and met silent babies, and carers who had no idea that a baby should be looked at, talked to or sung to.  I realised that the effect of living in extreme deprivation where violence and trauma are part of life results in many mothers having lost their ability to bond with their babies.

My dream is to break a cycle where people who are emotionally and intellectually damaged give birth to a generation of people who are emotionally and intellectually damaged… and so on. If we can reverse this process we will change the future!

My faith drives this passion: the bible says God sings over us and calms us. When we have experienced God’s love for us, we simply have to show that love to anyone we can help.”

“Your God is present among you…. He’ll calm you with his love and delight you with his songs.” Zephaniah 3:17


How we fund our work

We seek to be as open as possible about how we use the money we raise. Each year, the trustees will publish on this site a financial summary of Lullaby Africa’s operations.

All money raised through general donations or grants is used for our work in Africa. We employ no paid staff and fund our administration, fundraising and marketing through the gift aid we receive on donations or through ring-fenced donations made specifically for this purpose.

Read our 2021 Annual Report here.


Lullaby Africa Report and Accounts 2021

Lullaby Africa Report and Accounts 2020

Lullaby Africa Report and Accounts 2019

Lullaby Africa Report and Accounts 2018

Lullaby Africa Report and Accounts 2017

Lullaby Africa Report and Accounts 2016

Lullaby Africa Report and Accounts 2015