Project information

Educating orphaned and vulnerable children

ZOA-UK will work with 7 impoverished communities to help them to educate orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs). Without this support the poorest children would not be able to go to school to be educated, allowing them to break the cycle of poverty in their families.

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, largely as a result of the HIV/AIDS crisis. The total population is an est. 16.7m, so 7% of the population are orphans, a huge burden on the country. The Government and family networks are struggling to cope, and, as a result, the families of many of the poorest OVCs cannot afford to send them to school. Although the Government is committed to making education accessible, it lacks the funds to pay for it so schools are forced to charge fees.


    We will partner with 7 community-based organisations, who have the local knowledge to identify those OVCs most in need and help them to attend school. ZOA-UK will fund costs including tuition and exam fees, uniforms, books, stationery and transport where necessary. 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, where possible, practical solutions will be implemented.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Build the capacity of 7 community groups to support their OVCs to attend schools.


    » ZOA-Zambia will advise and mentor all 7 partners around the annual planning process and the delivery of agreed project activities.
    » Monitoring visits will be conducted by ZOA-Zambia, at least 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.

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

    Aim 2

    Fund all education costs to allow the poorest OVCs to attend schools.


    » Fund the costs of tuition and exam fees, transport, stationery, and compulsory books and uniforms for 534 OVCs.
    » Pay partners’ project costs quarterly on receipt of detailed and accurate quarterly reports and income/expenditure figures.

    By how many OVCs 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.

    By good attendance records, low drop-out rates and good performance in exams.

  • Impact


    Keeping OVCs in their communities, supported by local organisations, ensures they are helped by people who know them and understand how to reduce the risks they are exposed to, such as child labour, early marriage, neglect, child abuse and prostitution. Ensuring OVCs are in school, equips them to earn a living in the future. Success will be measured by monitoring OVC support lists, exam results, drop-out rates & reasons, case studies and monitoring & evaluation feedback/forms.


    Insufficient funding available; increased fundraising capacity at ZOA-UK in Nov16. Insufficient school places; to date we have always managed to source a suitable place. 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 2018. If opted in, they will receive 2 newsletters each year and ad hoc updates.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £84,538

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      Amount Heading Description
      £17,039 Education support x 118 118 children supported by Nevers Club, in Chitamba community in Northern Province.
      £6,220 School support x 32 32 children supported by Hope & Faith School, in Ng'ombe slum, Lusaka.
      £21,673 Education support x 58 58 children supported by KCCC, in Kasama district in Northern Province.
      £15,013 School support x 90 90 children supported by Twavwane School, in Kabanana slum, Lusaka.
      £10,276 Education support x 65 65 children supported by Maseele Widows Club, in Namwala village, Southern Province.
      £11,518 School support x 150 150 children supported at Chibolya School, in Mazabuka, Southern Province.
      £2,799 Education support x 21 21 children supported by Lubushi Rural Resettlement Scheme, Northern Province.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Anon Trust £2,000 Conditional
    Anon Trust £750 Conditional
    Anon Trust £150 Conditional
    Anon Trust £850 Conditional
    Anon Trust £5,000 Conditional
    Anon Trust £5,000 Conditional
    Anon Trust £3,000 Conditional
    Anon Trust £1,000 Conditional
    Anon Foundation £10,000 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 2015. Our partners work in 3 regions; rural areas of Northern and Southern Provinces and 2 urban slums in Lusaka Province. Through this project they will provide support for children living with basic facilities, poor sanitation, high rates of HIV/AIDS, malaria, early marriage, alcohol abuse and prostitution.


    3 community schools and 4 other community groups will directly benefit as implementing partners of this project. 534 OVCs will also directly benefit, as they will be supported to attend schools. The wider communities where these children live will also benefit, (Kabanana, N’gombe, Mazabuka, Namwala, Kasama, Lubushi and Chitamba), as 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?

    ZOA works in areas not served by larger charities. Orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) are at high risk of dropping out of school so we ensure they are provided with on-going psycho-social support. Local community schools and other groups are best placed to understand the variety of challenges that children in their communities face. By working in partnership with these organisations, with minimal funding, we are able to support them to reach the most disenfranchised 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 32 children.

    Bishop Susan Nawila

    Founded our partner, Nevers Club, in 2005. She organises for abandoned local children to be fostered and will be educating 118 children.

    Innocent Kalinda

    School Manager at our partner, Chibolya Memorial School. Innocent and his team will be educating 150 impoverished children.