It is with heavy heart that we report the passing of Jenny Joseph, our much loved Chair of Trustees. Jenny died on 20th June peacefully at home after a long-term illness.
Jenny embraced life with tenacity, love, unrivalled adventurous spirit and faith in the unknown. She had the ability to see the beauty and potential in people and dedicated much of her life in service to others, committing herself to environmental and human rights activism. Jenny lived self-sufficiently as much as possible, protecting the environment and raising her four children to hold similar values. In 2009 she left the self-sufficient small holding she founded in rural France to work in the Gambia, where she focused her efforts on sustainable farming practices and livelihood diversification. After moving back to the UK, Jenny took on the role of volunteer coordinator at Embercombe, an eco-education centre, and later dedicated her wealth of skills and passion to support her sons in founding a refugee support centre in Athens, Greece.
Her most significant contribution to Project MAMA was her steadfast belief in the Project from day one: she was exceptionally encouraging and held a firm belief in our mission owing to her own experiences with migration and motherhood. Without Jenny’s dedication and encouragement to Project MAMA from the outset, the project would not have come to fruition.
Jenny always had an open heart to all and embraced the idea of a more egalitarian world. She was authentic and principled, encouraging others to be better versions of themselves. She undoubtedly left the world a much more beautiful place than when she arrived, and her tribe and wider ‘chosen family’, multitudinous as we are, shall miss her dearly.
We will all strive to Be More Jen on this earth and we take inspiration from the exceptional life she has lived.