Mpika Village of Hope

 

social_facebook_box_blue social_rss_box_orange social_twitter_box_blue mpika-logo-04

Our People

Trustees

Jenny bio June Photo Bio

June Martin is the chair and co-founder of Mpika Relief Fund, a registered charity since 2004. She has a background studying and working on environmental issues as a member of Friends of the Earth, and has interests and expertise in organic farming, conservation and alternative technology. An active participant in the anti-nuclear movement, in 1981 she set up a community peace group near her home in Leeds. Since 2002, June has worked tirelessly for the relief of famine in Northern Zambia with her close friend Jennifer Musakanya, and has raised funds for the Mpika orphanage and school by  expanding the charity and its fund raising activities in the UK. June has seven grown up children, a husband, and extended family, who are all very proud and supportive of her work. June is currently writing a book to be published in 2016. Read her statement here...

Jenny Musakanya is co-founder of Mpika Relief Fund and director of the project's activities in Zambia. Jenny is from rural Zambia herself, and is a trained nurse, midwife, hospital administrator and health educator, as well as being trained in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. She received most of her training in England so she has excellent communication skills with both local people and English supporters. She came to England initially to train and obtain a degree. and on a subsequent visit to the UK, she met June Martin and co-founded the Mpika Relief Fund.

Tina Watkin photo

 

Tina Watkin wrote the Denholme news column for her local newspaper, the Telegraph & Argus and met June Martin in 2005. She became an active volunteer when June asked her to help set up the charity shop in Denholme, and was able to advertise events through her newspaper's publicity machine. Tina soon became a trustee of the charity. Tina has leafleted and delivered newsletters for Mpika, organises sending funds through to Zambia, keeps her eye on the gift aid, collects goods from friends and occasionally gets involved in office work and serving at the shop.  She is 72 this April and still has four voluntary jobs, one of which is presenter on BCB radio 106.6fm, where she is able to offer LIVE air time to June to promote the activities of Mpika Relief. Tina supports nine year old Marianna at the orphanage and hopes to visit her soon. For her 70th birthday, she asked friends for donations instead of gifts and raised £750 for the orphanage. She says volunteering is purposeful and rewarding and encourages others to give it a try. More...

Screen Shot 2016-03-24 at 10.28.55

Bob Ford's professional career has been entirely within the educational sector and he has been associated with the Mpika charity since 2007. He is currently secretary to the trustees and unofficial chairperson at trustee body meetings. Bob is originally from London, but has lived in Yorkshire for many decades and now feels like a local. He travelled to Zambia to visit the Mpika orphanage in both 2007 and 2013.

Shirley Crowther's professional background is as a primary school teacher and she first became involved with Mpika Village of Hope in 2010 as a visitor to the Denholme shop. Shirley travelled to Mpika in 2012 to meet the children in the orphanage and Jenny, who runs all the charity's operations in Zambia. Shirley sponsors one of our boys - John Sinkala. She now uses her experience and photos of the orphanage to present talks to interested groups to raise awareness of the incredible work that is being done for the children. Read her personal statement here....

Shirley Jackie Wilkinson

Jackie Wilkinson is local to the town of Keighley and is a mother of three. She identifies strongly with the town of Keighley and its contribution to the work of Mpika Village of Hope.  She supports Mpika's Keighley Shop where she has worked since it opened. Before her association with Mpika, she worked for thirty years in a quilting company, but now her work is concentrated in the voluntary sector through her support of Mpika's Keighley shop. Jackie likes to think that as a shop worker and trustee for several years she is playing a role in the growth of the charity which is going from strength to strength.