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Project information

Hammer Mill

Zamcog will be hoping to raise funds to build a hammer mill on site at the Shitima School. This will help us improve the co-operative movement we are trying to establish - local farmers can bring their grain to be processed by us for free, in return for portion which we can then use to feed our kids

3 months.

Charity information: Zamcog

  • Need


    This problem is trying to solve the growing over heads that we at the Shitima School have. Feeding our kids and those on the feeding program is a challenge. Additionally local farmers are being forced to pay to get their grain processed in the city, we hope to engage the local community by providing them a service without charging them money or making them travel great distances. It also directly benefits our feeding programs and encourages community cohesion.


    We will solve the problem by introducing this scheme to the school and community to teach the next generation that the way to grow out of poverty is to do it as a team. Educating our students in skills outside of the academic boundary will help our quest of changing their lives.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To feed our children in a most cost effective manner.


    » Use the hammer mill to bring in local grain producers.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...seeing all of our children fed everyday on a varied diet, whilst keeping our overheads low, allowing us to use the money on issues such as building work.

    Aim 2

    To engage the local community in the school and their own self-improvement.


    » Use the hammer mill to show how the community can act together.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...seeing local farmers using the school as a means to operate their own business without exploitation and growing costs before they meet the market.

  • Impact


    The project will allow farmers to realize that the Shitima School mill is an alternative to larger corporations. And to show the local community that the children of Shitima are being taught more than just academia. We will demonstrate the success by showing where our costs are being re-routed once we make a saving on food cost for the school. We will also engage with the community and monitor their views on the issue.


    The risk is the building time for the project. However, we have dealt with this my ensuring a volunteer party to assist with any short fall on man power.


    There is a newsletter that is sent out twice a year. This letter highlights the latest goings on at the school and at Zamcog. The letter also includes pictures and profiles of the children and staff giving their personal view on what the improvements mean to them.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Hammer Mill Materials and building the mill
  • Background


    The Robert Shitima School, Kabwe, Zambia. Based on the peripheries of Malakulu, one of Africa's biggest compounds, an area of extreme poverty and high rate of HIV/aids that has seen many children forced into the streets.


    The local population, farmers and the school children. Without the hammer mill being built the cost of us having to buy grain at full cost will continue to be a burden and distract us from spending the same money on more pressing issues.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Having successfully expanded the Robert Shitima school over a 6 year period from one that housed only 8 children, we now host up to 298 students and our feeding program Sables, feeds up to 500 children a day. This has been achieved by the hard work of dedicated individuals who are on board with this project too.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Julie-Anne Uggla

    The Founder and Director of the charity. She oversees every aspect of Zamcog and the projects it undertakes.

    Finola McManus

    Treasurer and director of cost operations. A wealth of experience in business management that is adapted to Zamcog.

    Br. Raymond Hetu

    Coordinator. Br. Ray spends his time between Zambia and the UK overseeing the smooth running of relations on both sides of the charity.

    Br. George Poirier

    On-site manager. One of the first members of Zamcog, Br George overseas all operations at the Shitima School.