It is with deep sorrow that we announce of the death of Isaac Nyathi who passed away on 18th May 2021.

Isaac worked with Motivation for over 10 years in various capacities before leaving Motivation three years ago to set up a disability organisation in Zimbabwe.

Whilst with Motivation, Isaac worked as Country Manager for Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda as well as being Capacity building lead for South Sudan and Ethiopia.

Isaac influenced our work all over the Africa region making the huge contribution to humanity and the impact will be generational. 

Peter Mbuguah, Africa Regional Director, 

"Isaac gave so much to Motivation and the global disability movement. Countless lives are richer for his role and professionalism. The lives of future generations will be carried further forward on the tides of change Isaac helped set in motion. And those of us honoured to work alongside him, will carry the legacy of his character and spirit, in our hearts, applying the lessons he taught us everywhere we worked. We will forever be inspired by his boldness, his passion, his care, his courage to speak his mind and speak his truth, to be open and brave, to live by his values and defend his values to the end.

Other than working for Motivation, Isaac was also a key disability advocate in the region. We shall miss his great commitment to the disability sector and his great sense of humour."

Clare Childs, Motivation UK,

"What a loss, it was a pleasure to work with Isaac, he would respond quickly even when I knew he was so busy always putting the needs of others front and centre, always responding in good humour.

Most recently and not long before Isaac was to leave Motivation he helped quickly find a solution for training needs in Tanzania that enabled more wheelchairs to be provided correctly to those who needed them. This was repeated so many times in different locations, there must be so many people mobile and seated correctly thanks to his work".

We are thankful for the time we spent with Isaac and we think of his family and friends as they say goodbye at his funeral later in May.