Institutional funding

Institutional funding partnerships

Our partnerships with national and multilateral government institutions, such as the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) 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 2023 we managed grants totalling £55,000 from institutional funders.

For more information about our work with institutional donors please contact Katy


Meal Distribution

UK Aid Direct

ZOA has been the beneficiary of two grants through UK Aid Direct, through the Small Charities Challenge Fund. £50,000 was committed to our work addressing period poverty and improving girls’ absenteeism, whilst a further £50,000 went 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.

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.”

UK Aid Direct awarded ZOA an A+ and A++ rating for these two projects. 

Guernsey Overseas Aid and Development Commission

ZOA is delighted to have been awarded 3 grants from Guernsey Overseas Aid & Development Commission. The most recent in 2023 for the development of a new accessible boarding house so disabled children who are unable to manage the daily commute can attend Twatasha Community School in Kafue. Twatasha is an inspiring inclusive education school and a third of its students are disabled, learning alongside their peers. 

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!