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Project information

Supporting community schools in Zambia

ZOA-UK will work with 3 impoverished communities to help them to educate and feed orphans and vulnerable children at community schools. Without this support the poorest children would not be able to go to school and some will lack the food they need to keep them healthy.

This project is ongoing as any support would allow us to keep orphans and vulnerable children in school and continue to help others to access education.

Charity information: Zambia Orphans Aid UK

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  • Need


    Zambia has 1.2m orphans and vulnerable children, largely due to AIDS. The country is struggling to cope, and as a result, the families of many of the poorest children cannot afford to send them to school or feed them enough to meet their needs. Although the Government is committed to making education accessible, it lacks the funds to pay for it so schools charge fees which the poorest cannot afford - consequently too many children are out of school and at increased risk of abuse.


    We will partner with 3 schools set up by communities to help the most disadvantaged students to access education. ZOA-UK will fund tuition and exam fees, uniforms, books, stationery and transport, where necessary. We will fund school meals too, as no one can learn if they are hungry. Regular home and school visits will ensure that any social and cultural pressures that affect the children’s ability to attend or progress in school are identified and addressed.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Build the capacity of 3 community schools to educate orphans and vulnerable children


    » ZOA-Zambia will advise and mentor all 3 schools around the annual planning process and the delivery of agreed project activities.
    » Monitoring visits will be conducted by ZOA-Zambia, at least twice annually, combined with regular phone and email communication.
    » An annual partners’ meeting will be organised in Lusaka, where learning and challenges are shared with peers and solutions discussed.

    What success will look like

    By evaluating how well the partners are meeting their annual project objectives and how well the children they support are doing in school.

    Aim 2

    Fund education costs for the poorest children to allow them to attend school.


    » Fund the costs of tuition and exam fees, transport, stationery, and compulsory books and uniforms for 280 children
    » Pay partners’ project costs quarterly on receipt of detailed and accurate quarterly reports and income/expenditure figures.

    What success will look like

    By how many orphans and vulnerable are enrolled and attending schools, with the uniform, books and stationery required.

    Aim 3

    Respond to social issues affecting children’s ability to attend or progress in school.


    » Conduct monthly meetings with carers and teachers, to understand and intervene when social and cultural pressures are affecting performance.
    » Regularly monitor students’ progress and exam results to check how they are doing.
    » Fund school meals for 1,156 children, improving their health, attendance and attainment.

    What success will look like

    By good attendance records and good performance in exams.

  • Impact


    Educating the most disadvantaged children will reduce the risks they are exposed to, such as child labour, early marriage, neglect, child abuse and prostitution. Feeding them will also improve their health and attainment. Education equips them to earn a living in the future. Success will be measured by monitoring children being supported, feedback form our partners, exam results, case studies and monitoring & evaluation feedback/forms.


    Insufficient funding available; increased fundraising capacity at ZOA-UK since Nov16 and careful monitoring of fundraising performance and environment. Students dropping out; as well as providing financial support they will be supported emotionally to reduce drop-out rates. Students failing exams; we will monitor progress and provide guidance/extra tuition where necessary. Conducive political environment; NGOs are encouraged to deliver projects of this type in the country.


    Donors will receive a thank you email/phone call. A thank you letter/receipt will follow when funds have cleared. A brief follow-up report will be sent in the first half of 2019. If opted in, they will receive 2 newsletters each year and ad hoc updates.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £69,856

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,482 Education support 30 children educated through Hope & Faith school
      £10,956 School meals 409 children receive school meals at Hope & Faith
      £17,054 Education support 100 children attend schools through Twavwane School
      £11,406 School meals 347 children receive meals through Twavwane
      £13,977 Education support 150 children attending Chibolya School
      £5,116 Disabled children Boarding house & physiotherapy for disabled students at Chibolya
      £4,865 School meals 400 children receive meals at Chibolya

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Anon Trust £3,000 Conditional
    Anon Trust £1,000 Conditional
    Anon Trust £200 Conditional
    Anon Trust £2,000 Conditional
    Anon Trust £6,000 Conditional
    Anon Trust £5,000 Conditional
    Anon Trust £10,000 Conditional
    Anon Trust £400 Conditional
  • Background


    Zambia has a 12% prevalence of HIV/AIDS. Currently ranked 139/188 on the HDI, an unstable energy supply and high unemployment have had a huge effect on inflation, which reached 22% in 2016. Two of our partner schools for this project are located in urban slum areas of the capital city, Lusaka. The third is in a village near Mazabuka. All locations lack basic facilities, have poor sanitation, high rates of illiteracy, HIV/AIDS, malaria, early marriage, alcohol abuse and prostitution.


    3 community schools will directly benefit as implementing partners of this project. 280 orphans and other vulnerable children will be educated and 1,156 children who will receive school meals will also benefit. The wider communities where these children live will also benefit, (N’gombe, Mazabuka, and Kabanana), as once they leave school educated children will be in a better position to gain paid jobs in the future and become productive members of society.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We work in areas not served by larger charities. Orphans and vulnerable children are at high risk of dropping out so we ensure they are provided with psycho-social support. We partner with local community schools, run by compassionate members of the community who understand the challenges faced but lack resources and capacity, which we are able to provide. By working in partnership with communities, with minimal funding, we are able to support them to reach the most disadvantaged children.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Elizabeth Nkhoma

    Executive Director of ZOA-Zambia. Elizabeth manages relationships with partners and supports them to achieve objectives.

    Rosemary Mumbi

    Founder of our partner, Hope & Faith School. Rosemary and her team of volunteer teachers will be educating 30 children and feeding 400.

    Enala Mumba

    Project Manager of Twavwane School, Enala will be working with the board and headmistress to achieve the best outcomes for the children there.

    Innocent Kalinda

    School Manager at our partner, Chibolya School. Innocent and his team will be educating and feeding impoverished children.


a month is all it costs ZOA to send a child to secondary school

I know that making a gift to Zambia Orphans Aid makes a huge difference. I was able to visit Zambia this year and see exactly how children are being helped. It was so inspiring to meet the children and see how they are progressing in school.

Jamie Smith - a ZOA supporter