MPIKA VILLAGE OF HOPE

For the children of Mpika, Zambia, from the heart of Queensbury, Bradford

June & Jenny
Co-founders

Jennifer is from rural Zambia. A trained nurse, midwife and health educator, she came to England initially to train and obtain a degree. On a subsequent visit, she met June, born and raised in Leeds where she raised her seven children before moving to Bradford in the 1990’s. An activist and humanitarian, supporting projects and helping people throughout her life’s work, she studied homeopathy, Reiki healing, counselling and aromatherapy to name just a few of her activities.

June and Jenny became instant friends.

 

 

In 2002 Jenny was in the UK when she received news from home of a major drought spreading across Africa. Crops were failing, cattle were dying and things were desperate.

On discovering that Jenny’s own mother and family were running desperately short of food and were in danger of starvation, June realised she could not see her friend’s mother starve when she herself had plenty, and so she sent what little money she could spare to help ease the immediate problem.

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Discovering a large pile of boxes at the side of a neighbour’s house, June realised that money could be made from the things we throw away, and so she started collecting goods for a stall, successfully raising funds for her friends in Mpika, Zambia.

Charitable status was granted in 2004, and on the 28th January 2005 Jenny opened our orphanage in Mpika with our first five children. June devoted the next fifteen years of her life volunteering tirelessly for the Mpika Village of Hope as well as supporting numerous other charities and the local community.

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Over the years, our work in Mpika has continued to expand and develop. The orphanage building is now home to 30+ children and has grown to incorporate a Primary school, library and ten classrooms where the children receive a good education, enabling them to go on to higher and further studies.

A legacy of some land nearby enabled Jenny to start her own farm and garden, which supplies home grown vegetables for the children, encouraging self sufficiency and a good diet.

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Sadly, June passed away in 2019. She created huge change in small parts of the world through her many acts of kindness, generosity and self sacrifice and she is dearly missed.

Our mission is to continue to support our children and Jenny, carrying June’s legacy into the future and exceeding her dreams for Mpika Village of Hope.