History of the Mamie Martin Fund

The MAMIE MARTIN FUND was founded in 1993 by Margaret and John Sinclair in memory of Margaret’s mother, Mamie, who worked to empower women and girls through education in 1920s Malawi. Listen to Mamie’s granddaughter, Mariot Dallas, telling that history.

While in Malawi with her husband Jack, a Church of Scotland missionary, she became aware of the need for girls and women to have access to education and she used her experience as a teacher to set up classes, with great success. Jack and Mamie are still remembered today in North Malawi and their story is vividly told in Salt and Light, the book by their daughter, Margaret, based on their letters and diaries.

Margaret was born in Malawi in 1927, but Mamie died in 1928, giving birth to her second child. A visit to Malawi in 1991 by Margaret and John lit the spark for this charity, which was set up in 1993 after discussion with Malawian friends. In partnership with the Synod of Livingstonia, the Mamie Martin Fund has supported more than 650 girls through their secondary education in Malawi. These girls are already passing on this benefit to the next generation and to Malawian society, a lasting legacy in memory of a remarkable woman.

Now 26 years old, the Mamie Martin Fund is managed by a Board of Trustees in Scotland, who are responsible for the governance and strategy of the charity, as well as ensuring that it is administered effectively. The charity is supported by two part-time staff members – one in Scotland and one in Malawi – and also relies on the help of a number of volunteers.