Our grassroots community partners are the beating heart of Zambia Orphans Aid (ZOA). They are all registered NGOs in their own right, have their own bank accounts and the ability to provide documentation proving funds have been spent appropriately. But first and foremost they deliver the projects that transform the lives of the orphans and vulnerable children they live amongst.

This is what makes our work so special and effective. The community groups and schools we partner know the children, their individual situations and the challenges they and the wider community face, inside and out. This means the solutions come from the ground up, the communities support the projects and the difference made to children’s lives and that of the wider community is far reaching, sustainable and really does transform lives.

Chibolya Education and Health Organization (CEHOZ)

Chiboyla Education and Health Organisation (CEHOZ) established Chiboyla Community School in 2012, a school that now has five classrooms and supports 800 pupils from pre-school to Grade 12 on the outskirts of Mazabuka, Southern Province.

The school had been running since 2005 in a dark, cramped, disused beer hall with CEHOZ volunteer teaching. Although far from ideal the closest state primary was heavily oversubscribed so this was better than nothing for the hundreds of children who were desperate to go to school.

CEHOZ has done a great job sensitising villagers about the benefits of education for girls, who traditionally work in the house until they’re married off at puberty. Consequently over half the pupils are female and the community are very involved in running the school.

The school has an on site boarding house so disabled pupils from outlying areas can attend classes on a daily  basis. A trained support worker, two house mothers and the provision of adaptive equipment mean that these students are fully integrated into lessons and playtimes.

Generous support from The Savannah Charitable Trust has funded the development of the school buildings as well as ongoing running costs of this thriving community school.

Income generating activities such as maize, poultry and block-making businesses supply food and bricks to the school and any surplus that is sold goes towards the school’s running costs.

Twatasha Community School

Twatasha Disabled and OVC Organisation, founded in 2008, is a community initiative based in Kafue District of Lusaka Province. It provides inclusive education to children with disabilities and other vulnerable children from local communities by building resilient livelihoods through education, social integration and skills development. Twatasha Community School is registered under Twatasha Disabled and Orphans and Vulnerable Children Organisation. The organisation was founded by local community members that have experienced the impact of disability and resulting vulnerabilities, who desired to support children with disabilities and other orphans and vulnerable children with access to
inclusive education, health promotion and physiotherapy and other community based social interventions such as psychosocial support, child protection and disability rights

Hope and Faith School

Hope and Faith is a remarkable community school of almost 700 pupils from Reception to Grade 12 based in N’gombe, a slum area of Lusaka. 40% of pupils at the school are either orphaned or vulnerable.

In 2004, Rosemary Mumbi, a retired government school inspector took two homeless orphans into her home and started teaching them with books donated by neighbours. With no state school in N’gombe what began as homeschooling two orphans went on to become a community school of 16 classrooms and 20 highly committed teachers.

Rosemary is an extraordinary woman. One of only 100 graduates in Zambia in 1964 at the time of independence from the UK, she became a headmistress at the age of 23. It’s her vision and passion that has made the school what it is today and provide a different future for the 700 pupils that go there.

Lubushi Orphans

We partner with Lubushi Parish Rural Resettlement Scheme that reaches Lubushi’s most disadvantaged orphans and other vulnerable children to help them attend school and college. Lubushi is in Northern Province, far away from Lusaka, Zambia’s capital and the industrial Copperbelt and is very isolated, especially in the rainy season. 90% of the 10,000 inhabitants are peasant farmers living below the international poverty line of $1.90 a day. As part of our commitment to keeping girls in school we’ve built a girl’s boarding house for 84 girls at Lubushi School.

This will help girls who live far from the school to access school. Because many girls travel a long distance from home to get to school they end up lodging in cheap accommodation in the local town. This has resulted in a high number of pregnancies amongst students.

The headteacher explains, “Six girls have become pregnant in the first half of this year already.” The community have made all the bricks needed for the boarding house.

This project has been generously supported by Fondation Eagle and Jephcott Charitable Trust.

Nevers Care and Support Group

Nevers Care and Support Group is a fostering and education project for abandoned orphans and other struggling single and double orphans in Chitamba Village, Northern Province.

aize and beans to supplement our support and supply the children with food, soap and clothes.

30 years ago Susan Nawila took in twin babies that she found dumped in a bag by the roadside.

People started to bring other abandoned children to her – a baby dropped into the village latrine, a brother and sister sleeping rough in the market and many more. At one stage she was caring for 150 children who slept with her in the local church.

Susan formed Nevers Club and encouraged local families to foster two or three of these orphans and other abandoned children. These foster families had very little themselves, it was very much the case of the poor helping the destitute.

Susan’s twins are now grown up and have their own families. One is a teacher, who thanks to the education he received is now able to help other children growing up in a similar situation to himself.

We have supported Nevers since 2009 children by paying for school fees, uniforms, shoes, books and stationary as well as providing free school lunches. We also support students who go on to tertiary training.

Nevers volunteers farm and sell.

Twavwane Community School

Twavwane Community School, based in Kabanana, Lusaka Province, was established in 2003 by a group of local social workers. There was no state primary school in this area of north Lusaka with a population of 7,500 people.

Classes at Twavwane average 70 pupils because there are so many children wanting an education and a lack of schools to provide it. Many malnourished, HIV+ children are referred to Twavwane by the local clinic. The school provides free school meals to all 530 pupils. Without a nutritious diet anti-retroviral therapy (ART) medication can be ineffective so it’s imperative that children get at least one nutritious meal a day.

We support 40 primary, 60 secondary school pupils as well as 15 tertiary students. Until recently pupils had to squeeze four to a two-seater desk and many more sat on the concrete floor. Teachers stood all day with no place to mark work. But thanks to our generous supporters the school now has desk space for every child and teacher.

In 2017, your generous support meant we could build a new kitchen to replace the lean-to shelter and provide a dining area where pupils can eat during bad weather.

This year we have built new toilet blocks and a perimetre wall to keep the children at school safe.

Angelina Tembo Girls School

Angelina Tembo Girls School, Central Province, is a grant aided primary and secondary school managed by the Little Servants of Mary Immaculate Sisters under the Catholic Church.

The school is on the Butungwa Road on the north-west of Kabwe town, six kilometres outside the Central Business District.

We support orphans and other vulnerable children at the school who are also given at least one meal each day to promote better concentration and good learning. The number of orphans and vulnerable at the school is increasing due to economic challenges, high poverty levels and a high death rate in the area.

The school has a chicken run housing 700 chicks at a time. It has proved a successful source of income to provide vulnerable children with a nutritious school meal.

Stephen Luwisha

Kabwe Diocese Health (Stephen Luwisha) is a ministry based in the heart of Kabwe, Central Province. The aim of supporting orphans and vulnerable children’s education from primary school through to tertiary is to change their future, enabling them, in turn, to help their families and give back to their community.

As well as supporting school fees and other education support such as uniforms, shoes and books Stephen Luwisha provides care and protection

against all forms of abuse and provides life skills to increase the self-awareness of orphans and vulnerable children.

We are currently supporting 36 secondary school pupils and 13 tertiary students. A further six have recently graduated and are looking for jobs to start their careers.

Help change a child's future

Your help can support children through primary andsecondary school, provide nutritious school meals so pupilsaren’t learning on an empty stomach and support those that canthrough tertiary vocational training. We provide a holisticapproach so also provide mental health support and other inputswhere needed.

Thank you!