The Love Zimbabwe charity objectives
(i) The relief of poverty, sickness, distress, and the advancement of education in Zimbabwe.
(ii) To further Fairtrade development and education in Wales and Zimbabwe whilst fostering global awareness and common unity.
Our commitment to operating under Fairtrade principles means that the producers receive a fair price for their goods, there is no child slavery, there is protection for the environment and improved working conditions.
We are a Welsh registered charity: 1137434.
Love Zimbabwe charity trustees
Martha Musonza Holman – Trustee
Martha founded the charity and is the co-founder and managing director of Love Zimbabwe Fair Trade company (CIC). Martha was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and left the country in January 2001 due to economic hardships. She left behind two sons, working voluntarily to establish the charity since January 2001. She has helped set up 15 Fair trade workers’ co-operatives in Zimbabwe and linked a variety of social groups in Zimbabwe with similar groups in Wales. She educates people in Zimbabwe and Wales about Fair trade and self-sustainability. Martha lives in Abergavenny, Wales, with her husband, David Holman, who assists with both the trading company and the charity.
Pauline McKenna – Chairperson
Pauline was born, educated and married in Zimbabwe, leaving with her husband and four children in 1986 for a brief sojourn in Port Elizabeth in South Africa before settling in Surrey in the UK in 1988. Since coming to the UK she has worked as an administrator and PA for the French waste management company, SITA, and now in the HR department of Compass Group PLC, the global food services company. She has a strong affection and deep concern for the country of her birth, and became interested in Love Zimbabwe through her sister, Claire Neylan. She is now a committed trustee and involved in helping to raise funds for the Love Zimbabwe charity.
Lucinda Walker – Secretary
Lucinda Walker was brought up in Salisbury, Wiltshire. She has recently graduated from the University of Wales, Lampeter where she studied Anthropology. Lucinda attended the first student trip to Zimbabwe that the charity organised in January 2016. Lucinda saw the direct impact that the charity had in the community and was quickly inspired by how many people the charity helps in Zimbabwe. She found her trip to Zimbabwe incredibly life changing and decided to continue to volunteer for the charity in the UK. The following August (2016), Lucinda decided to return to Zimbabwe to complete more voluntary work and carry out fieldwork for her undergraduate dissertation. She undertook original research in Zimbabwe and was successful in attaining a first class degree. In 2017 Lucinda was asked to become the secretary of the charity due to her commitment, she quickly accepted! She has now been to Zimbabwe three times with the charity and is actively involved with projects in the UK and Zimbabwe. Lucinda plans to further her education by completing a Masters degree in Anthropology, Environment and Development at UCL in London.
Paul Evans – Treasurer
Paul was brought up in Abergavenny, moving to the south east in 1991. He worked as a management accountant in London from 1994, in the NHS, for publishing companies and for a housing association, in 2001 he moved to Amsterdam, with a one-year contract for an Oil Services company. On his return, he returned to the Abergavenny Area, continuing to work as a Management Accountant in a variety of contract roles, again including the NHS and housing associations, as well as Manufacturers, a Retailer and the International Baccalaureate Organisation. In 2005 he started a friendship with Martha and Dave, when he first had an involvement in the WFTF. In 2007 he travelled to Nigeria and witnessed the poor living conditions that exist in parts of Africa for himself. In 2011, Paul started a permanent role with Melin Housing Association, which manages 4,000 homes across the Gwent area. Martha and Dave approached Paul in 2013 to join Love Zimbabwe as Jeremy wanted to step down as Treasurer, which he happily accepted.
Angeline Tshiyane – Trustee
Angeline was born in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe. She left Zimbabwe in 2000 when the economic and political situation took a downturn. One of the main areas that Angeline is most passionate about is supporting people who face hardships, isolation and loneliness so she started a support group for Zimbabwean women within Wales called Batanai Bambanani Woman’s Network Wales (BBWNW) now called Madzimai Pamwe (Mayor of Newport chosen charity 2015). Angeline’s greatest ambition is to challenge inequality in society, inspire people to aspire to greater things and to raise the profile of Zimbabwe through the development work being done in the diaspora. Recently Angeline was awarded the BBC Sport Wales Community Coach of the Year Award 2015 for her work in promoting sports development with people of BME backgrounds.
Martin Hickman – Trustee
Martin was born and raised in London, before relocating with his wife, Alison, to Abergavenny back in 2003. He was elected as a town councillor in 2004 and met Martha and David at several functions, when he served as the Mayor of Abergavenny in 2007. He has since become involved in several charities including Mind Monmouthshire, Homemakers Community Recycling, N H Sound Hospital radio, where he presents a weekly Sixties show, and recently was asked to join the board of trustees at Love Zimbabwe. He has been a serving magistrate in Gwent since 2006 and was elected onto Monmouthshire County Council in 2012, where he is the member for Llanfoist Fawr. He also represents the County as a member of The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. Back in May 2015 he completed serving a second term as Mayor of Abergavenny.