Institutional funding partnerships

Our partnerships with national and multilateral government institutions, such as the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Guernsey Overseas Aid & Development Commission are increasingly important to our work. 

ZOA works with governments and institutions to design sustainable projects based on solid evidence and our work transforms lives and builds sustainable communities in Zambia. In 2019 we managed three different grants from institutional partners with funding reaching £76,624.

For more information about our work with institutional donors please contact Katy [email protected]

UK Aid Direct

In July 2019, UK Aid Direct, through the Small Charities Challenge Fund, supported our work for the second time by making a commitment of £50,000 towards a two – year pilot project designed to address poor mental health experienced by orphans and vulnerable children we work with in Northern Province. 80% of orphans and vulnerable children we work with in Northern Province showed signs of poor mental health and 49% had felt they didn’t want to live anymore.

International Development Minister, Baroness Sugg said: “Every child deserves to be safe, healthy and happy. That is why UK aid is supporting Zambia Orphans Aid to deliver essential counselling, build support networks and boost skills to help children get the best start in life.”

The Small Charities Challenge Fund has also funded our two-year project to help girls remain in the classroom by beating period poverty. By running workshops on periods and puberty for both girls and boys and distributing re-usable sanitary pads to menstruating girls we have halved girls absenteeism.

Guernsey Overseas Aid and Development Commission

In 2019 we received a grant of £20,000 from Guernsey Overseas Aid and Development Commission to support development work at Twavwane Community School in a particularly deprived area of Lusaka. This funding has helped secure the school site, reducing theft, vandalism and unauthorised building on the site, improving safety and security for the school’s 600+ students.

We also built a new, accessible toilet block and refurbished the existing block, improving sanitation in an area badly affected by the cholera outbreak in 2017/18 and of course, now is crucial in keeping students safe when back at school during the coronavirus pandemic.  This work has built the capacity of Twavwane to attract fee paying students and other income streams, benefitting their students for many years to come.

Keeping Girls In School

A photo to illustrate our menstrual hygiene management work

£10 can provide re-usable sanitary pads for 10 girls.

£3000 can train a whole school in menstrual hygiene management.

Paying School Fees

A photo of pupils in school uniform to illustrate our education support work

£40 can kit a child out with everything they need for school.

£51 can pay the school fees for one year for a primary pupil.

£88 can pay the school fees for one year for a secondary pupil.

Making sure no child is distracted by hunger

Mpaso, 14 years old

“My mum and dad died when I was young so I live alone with my grandmother. Growing up without a parent is a challenge. I walk eight kilometres to and from school and when there’s no food at home it makes it hard to concentrate in class. I only had one pair of trousers but now I’m supported with uniform, shoes and socks and I look like my friends at school. I’m no longer worried about school fees because they’re paid for and even if there’s no food at home I can eat at school. School is important because I’ll get a job and I’ll be able to help myself and my grandmother. I want to become a teacher.”

Keeping girls in school

Diana, 18 years old

“I was 12 when I started my periods. I was afraid and I didn’t know what to do. I thought there was something wrong with me and I stopped going to school. I used to miss class until my period was finished because I didn’t have pads.

The menstrual hygiene training taught me about periods, good hygiene practices, how to use reusable pads and that I can still go to school.

The difference is that now my attendance in class has improved.”

Supporting tertiary students

Hazel, 21 years old

“Hello! I’m grateful to ZOA for coming into my life and helping me pursue my dream. I’m a third year student at Kafue Institute of Health and Sciences and Research. I’ve just completed a number of placements in different departments at UTH, Zambia’s most prestigious hospital. ZOA, I don’t know what words to use to say thank you for the job you are doing. You are really changing our lives. Thank you so much.”

Help Change a Child's Future

Your help can support children through primary and
secondary school, provide nutritious school meals so pupils
aren’t learning on an empty stomach and support those that can
through tertiary vocational training. We provide a holistic
approach so also provide mental health support and other inputs
where needed.

Thank you!

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