Where we work in Lusaka Province

In Lusaka Province ZOA works in N’gombe, a deprived urban area of Lusaka city, Kabanana, an underprivileged area of north Lusaka, and Kafue which is probably better known for its National Park and safaris than anything else. What all these locations have in common is a high proportion of orphans and vulnerable children who don’t have access to school and therefore a lower chance of changing their futures. That’s where we come in.

We know that education is a proven route out of poverty and gives children the potential to transform not just their lives but the lives of their family. Each extra year of education raises lifetime earnings by around 10%.

Our work

Through our three grassroots partners in Lusaka Province we are supporting primary and secondary pupils with uniforms, books, stationary and school fees as well as providing daily nutritious school meals for pupils.

Since the schools started providing meals health has improved significantly, particularly amongst the HIV+ pupils we support. Attendance, concentration and exam results have also improved.

We want to break the cycle of poverty and improve social mobility in Zambia. We aim to equip particularly disadvantaged students with vocational skills to help them access good jobs in professions like teaching or in healthcare, enabling them to earn an income that could lift their entire family out of poverty. To do this we pay the college or university fees, provide refurbished laptops and pay for transportation or accommodation costs for students who pass their Grade 12 exams with good results.

Chronic malnutrition can irreversibly stunt children both physically and mentally if they don’t have the right nutrients in the first two years of their life. Through Rise Community Aid Programme (RICAP), our partner in Kafue, we support a vital nutrition programme that provides monthly cookery demonstrations, health education talks and growth monitoring that targets severely malnourished children aged five years and under to give them the best chance to reach their potential.  In addition, without an adequate diet Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) medication can be ineffective and the side effects of the drugs harsh.

Changing children's futures

Children without access to a quality education are trapped in a cycle of poverty, and orphaned or other vulnerable children are more likely to end up in child labour, suffering abuse and early marriage.   We provide a holistic approach to breaking the cycle of poverty, not only enabling orphans and other vulnerable children to go to school but crucially keeping them there by providing nutritious school meals, mental health support and looking at other reasons why children, particularly girls, drop out of school or are unable to reach their potential.

In 2019 in our Lusaka Province programmes  we supported 98 pupils through primary school, 126 through secondary school and 32 through tertiary education. We are delighted that an increasing number of children we started supporting ten years ago are now qualifying for tertiary college.

Hope and Faith

A photo of pupils at Hope and Faith School queuing up for lunch to illustrate our work

Set up by Rosemary Mumbi who originally took in two homeless orphans and started teaching them with books donated by neighbours. Her vision and passion have seen her community school grow to 16 classrooms and employ 20 teachers.


A photo showing two pupils at Twavwane School with their lunch illustrating our nutrition work

Twavwane Community School was established in 2003 by a group of local social workers because there was no state primary school. The school now offers classes from Grades 1-9.


A photo showing women hoeing the land to illustrate our sustainability page

We have been partnering with RICAP since 2010, sponsoring their nutrition programme as well as supporting disadvantage children to attend local schools and youths to gain vocational qualifications.

Changing the future

Mike, 25 years old

“My parents passed away when I was eight. I faced a lot of challenges but with the help of others I overcame these. I was supported by ZOA from the age of 15 at Hope and Faith School. It felt like I had parents somewhere doing their best for their child.

Teaching is my passion. I received my degree in Secondary Education at the School of Natural Sciences, Chemistry and Philosophy.

My ambition for the future is to complete a PhD and help others.”

Cooking demonstrations

Angela, 33 years old

“I am HIV+ and have three children who are HIV+. I used to feed my family with foods that didn’t add value to their health but I learnt how to prepare a nutritious dish called Mphoto Ya Bumi (Pot of Life) using all the six essential elements that are needed for one’s health. Now I feed my family with various nutritious meals that are available locally. It’s important to eat different types of food because you get different nutrients which are all important for a healthy family.

The ongoing support I receive is: food supplements, mealie-meal, sugar, high energy protein supplement and cooking oil. I also go to the cookery demonstrations and receive psychosocial support through caregiver visits.”

Providing uniforms, books and fees

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.”

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! Your support makes a big difference.

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