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Majonzi Fund

In collaboration with Patrick Vernon OBE, we launched Majonzi Fund to support culturally appropriate mental health services and memoria for those who have lost loved ones due to Covid-19.

Majonzi is Swahili for grief or deep sorrow.

Quotes from project contributors

My family has weathered the impact of the pandemic with our own personal loss. My sister’s partner passed away as a result of the virus and we have been grieving his loss separately ever since. When you lose a family member under these heartbreaking circumstances, you simply cannot put the pain into words. You realise the importance of the grieving process within your own families and communities.

— Yansie Rolston, Associate Director of Health and Wellbeing at The Ubele Initiative

The Majonzi Fund raised just over £97,000 and we have already disbursed the first round of grants to successful applicants. Donate to the Majonzi Fund 

What can people use the funds for?

The grant cannot be used for headstones or funeral costs, but it can be used to erect memorial park benches, plant trees, have community lunches, commission works of art, hold memorial events and make tributes to commemorate the lives of their loved ones. If you would like to apply for support, visit to find out more.

A new public artwork by artist Henny Beaumont, commissioned by the Majonzi Fund, is displayed in Newington Green, London. The piece is commemorating members of London’s Black and Minoritised communities who have lost their lives to the Covid-19 pandemic. Buy an artwork by artist Henny Beaumont in aid of the Majonzi Fund

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