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Project information

Primary and Secondary Education in Kitwe Zambia

Without an education, young people grow up impoverished and unskilled and are at higher risk of becoming infected with HIV. This project helps over 9,000 vulnerable and orphaned children to go to school by providing them with uniform, materials, fees and the support of special teachers.

January 2012 - December 2012

Charity information: Cecily's Fund

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  • Need


    There are currently 1.3 million orphans in Zambia. Over half of them have lost one or both parents to AIDS-related illnesses. Tens of thousands of others have parents who are too ill to earn a living. The traditional support system of the extended family can no longer cope with the large and increasing number of orphans, and often cannot afford to send them to school.


    Research worldwide has shown that formal education is one of the most effective ways of reducing young people’s risk of becoming infected and increasing their chances of survival as adults. It does this by providing support from adults and peers, skills to earn a living, information on how to avoid HIV infection and the confidence to act on that information (which is particularly important for girls).

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reduced vulnerability to poverty and HIV; and improved post-school opportunities


    » Hodi who implement the programme work with the school and council to identify the most vulnerable children in the community who need support.
    » We pay school and exam fees; and school materials where parents and guardians cannot afford to pay them.
    » There are nominated contact teachers at each of the 57 government schools that oversee the wellbeing of the children being supported.
    » Hodi perform school and home visits to monitor the children and provide extra support if necessary.

    What success will look like

    Increased awareness on how to avoid catching HIV among the vulnerable children and wider community of Kitwe, and increased numbers of graduates in good jobs. We are seeing this now

  • Impact


    Each child we support sees our project create long term change in their life, as we support them all the way through their schooling where necessary.

    In wider terms, our project will realise our vision of a Kitwe in which every child is educated and grows up to lead a self-reliant, healthy, fulfilling life and play a role in Zambia's development.

    Our success can be demonstrated through increased numbers of our graduates in stable, well-paid jobs, and reduced HIV prevalence in the community


    A concern is that children whom we support could drop out of school. We have addressed this by engaging parents or guardians of the children, to make sure they understand the value of the education we provide, and encourage their children to focus on their studies. We also provide pastoral support for all our supported children, to address vulnerability issues and prevent their worries growing into major problems. Our partner's reports have confirmed the effectiveness of these strategies.


    We constantly communicate with donors using email newsletters, and digital media sites Facebook and Twitter. All our donors receive a detailed Annual Report, which contains comprehensive information on our accounting and project activities. Personalised reports are available for big donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £219,183

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      Amount Heading Description
      £131,320 School fees School fees and exam fees for secondary school students (Zambian primary schools do not charge fees)
      £87,863 Materials and monitoring Uniforms, shoes, pens and pencils provided for the children. The costs of monitoring the project.
  • Background


    Kitwe is a large industrial city in Zambia, and the hub of the country's Copperbelt Province. Its active mining industry brings hope for development, but as many as 15,000 orphans and vulnerable children in the city currently lack access to educational support. This project is changing that, working in Kitwe's communities to send children to fifty-seven primary and secondary schools across the city.


    The principal beneficiaries will be the 9600 orphans and vulnerable children we currently support. For them receiving a school education, and a reduced risk of catching HIV, will be huge advantages. Their communities in Kitwe will benefit from increased HIV awareness, reduced HIV prevalence, and the socio-economic multiplier effects that education and employment can bring. We are confident that our children will graduate to further Zambia's development, and take the project's benefits national.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a small and efficient charity with unrivalled passion for helping the orphans and vulnerable children of Kitwe. We started as a charity in order to serve this project, to which our trustees have deep individual connections. This means that we are committed to it in the long-term, and will operate it for as long as it is needed.
    We highly value transparency and accountability to our donors and beneficiaries, and use of local partners keeps our operations outstandingly cost-effective.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Caroline Talabuku

    Caroline is the head of Hodi in Kitwe, and is based there. Hodi is the Zambian NGO which is our operational partner for this project.

Introduction to our work in Zambia


can pay for a child's primary schooling for a year

"I wish to thank you... because had it not been for you, I wouldn't see my bright future"

One of the young people we support