Mpika Village of Hope


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Our People


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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.

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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...

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.

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Brian Newham is a computer programmer and Buddhist. He is committed to green issues and has been a keen supporter of the Mpika Charity for many years. He has run marathons in support of our cause, helps out with the charity, and in 2017 organised a challenge walk to raise funds (to be repeated in July 2018).