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Meet our Trustees

CONTESA has no employees so our dedicated trustees do everything themselves with help from a few brilliant supporters.

Esnat Avon
Chair and Founder Trustee

Esnat was born in Zambia where she grew up at home in the village with her grandparents until the age of 10. Esnat attended Chipempi Girls School (the only girls secondary school in the colonial era). Esnat met and married Roger in Zambia, they have five children and seven grandchildren. Esnat and Roger left Zambia in 1976 and then spent over 20 years in Hong Kong. Esnat returned to live in the UK in 1997 due to the ill health of one of her children. After Roger retired in 2003 Esnat got down to work to try and get her dream of establishing a charity to help some of the huge number of AIDS orphans and then with the added impetus of a small inheritance from her close friend Connie Tatum (who had been a missionary in Angola in the 1950′s) Esnat finally got CONTESA up and running in July 2005. Apart from carrying out all the UK administration Esnat manages all the projects on a daily basis through phones, emails. Esnat has also written a series of childrens books based around the character Bongwe the Baboon, using the stories she was told when growing up. As 25% of the net proceeds of sales go to CONTESA

Dominic Wareham

Hi there my name is Dominic Wareham and back in August 2007 was my first trip out to Zambia to visit the CONTESA supported projects. My first visit in 2007 was also my first ever trip on a plane so if I didn’t like it I couldn’t get off! I however had no problems on the plane I saw all the CONTESA supported projects. I also went to see Victoria Falls and went to Botswana on safari. Following this trip I then decided to make a return trip in April 2009. I revisited the projects and saw how they had progressed. It was great to see how the money raised by CONTESA was being used to change the lives of so many children and disadvantaged people. Every single penny that is donated to CONTESA is spent on Trustee approved projects. I was asked if I would consider joining the board of trustees at the end of 2009 and I was honoured to accept this responsibility. I was formally appointed as a CONTESA trustee in January 2010.

Lillian Avon

Lillian Avon was born in Zambia and educated in Zambia, England and Hong Kong. She is a published short story writer and playwright and was the founder and director of the Bournemouth Literary Festival. She speaks some Nyanja and Zambia has always been in her blood since she left in 1976. She has been a top PA in London supporting high-profile Chairmen and CEOs in the creative industries, oil and gas and financial and professional services. Earlier on in her career, she was also a LAMDA Speech and Drama Teacher. Most recently she was a Business & Marketing Manager for a recruitment company. She is a mother of young twin boys and when she finds time enjoys yoga and creative writing. Lillian is a BA Hons English graduate of Birkbeck College, University of London and her love of English language and literature is everlasting. She continues to pursue literary interests. Lillian has recently changed her career and is moving into education.

Kate Avon

Kate was born in Lusaka, Zambia and moved with her family to Hong Kong in 1977 where she spent the first 20 years of her life. In 1997 she moved to the UK to continue her studies and start her career in marketing. Kate currently lives in Hampshire with her husband Andrew and two children, James and Holly and has worked as a marketing manager within the IT sector for 20 years and if asked will tell you she is "passionate about all things digital marketing". When she isn't working or being a mum she is an avid reader and can be found curled up on her sofa with her kindle.

Jack Avon

Jack was born in Lusaka, Zambia and lives in Surrey UK where he works in IT and Finance as a Financial Modeller. He spends his non professional time with his wife Jenny and three children Luke, Thandiwe, and Nathaniel. Jack has been active in sports in the past playing rugby and hockey and occassionally still dabbles in a game of hockey and enjoys photographing landscapes.

Roger Avon

Roger is a public sector chartered accountant. Roger spent nine years working and living in Zambia (1967-1976) where he met and married Esnat. Roger was Finance Director of the Zambia National Provident Fund. He loved the country, people and gameparks and thought Zambia was a beautiful and wonderful country with great potential, he still does. After leaving Zambia Roger worked briefly in the NHS at Westminster Hospital before spending the rest of his fulltime working career in Hong Kong as an accountant with the HK Government. Roger retired in April 2003 after spending his last ten years of his career as the Director of Finance and Information Technology with the HK Housing Authority. Roger loved his time in HK and has been back each year since his retirement to conduct some short term consulting assignments. Roger has a passion for Africa (and African music and also reggae) and shares Esnat vision for helping orphans in Zambia.

Our Mission

To help alleviate the suffering of orphans and disadvantaged children in Zambia through the provision of small grants for food, education, health, welfare, uniforms, shoes or general well being.

Our Vision

To support grass root organisations in Zambia who are working to support and empower orphans and disadvantaged children with shelter, food, education and their general well being.