Where we work in Southern Province

Southern Province is home to one of Zambia’s most renowned tourist attractions, Mosi-oa-Tunya, the Smoke that Thunders or Victoria Falls. In addition, Southern Province along with Eastern Province are the two primary breadbaskets of Zambia. Mazabuka town, not far from one of our projects is also known as the ‘sweetest town in Zambia’ because 90% of Zambian sugar is grown here.

However, despite the tourism and commercial farming potential, the areas we work in are extremely poor. Chibolya is a rural community of approximately 10,000 people on the outskirts of Mazabuka. 90% of local adults are illiterate and the village has many social and health problems.  

We also work in Namwala District that encompasses Kafue National Park, Zambia’s largest national park and home to 55 different species of mammals. Despite this tourist attraction there are many orphans and vulnerable children who don’t benefit from the tourist dollars.

Parts of Zambia were badly affected by drought in 2019, with 2.4 million people suffering food insecurity by early 2020. This year many areas in Southern Province have experienced a poor harvest for the second year in a row.

Our work

Through our two grassroots partners in Southern 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.

Chibolya Community School was established in 2012 by Chibolya Education and Health Organisation (CEHOZ) because there was only one oversubscribed state primary school in the area and no secondary school for a population of approximately 10,000. From its humble beginnings in a dark, cramped disused beer hall 600 pupils from pre-school to Grade 12 are now educated in light, airy classrooms and a dedicated nursery block.

This was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Savannah Charitable Trust, who funded the development of the new school in 2012 and the addition of new classrooms in 2018 and continue to make generous contributions towards its running costs.

Maseele Widows Club established by 13 local widows to support orphans of HIV/AIDS in three isolated villages in Namwala District. Today they reach 70 children and in 2019 were able to assist their first student to access tertiary education.

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.   ZOA provides 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.

Our partners in Southern Province are especially ambitious in becoming sustainable communities and becoming self-sufficient by running fish and chicken farms, brick-making and tailoring businesses to put the profits towards their children’s education.

In 2019 in our Southern Province programmes  we supported 179 pupils through primary school, 42 through secondary school and one through tertiary education. We are delighted that an increasing number of children we started supporting ten years ago are now qualifying for tertiary college.

Maseele Widows Club

A photo of pupils watering vegetables illustrating the after school gardening club Maseele Widows set up

Set up by 13 local widows in 2005 to support orphans of HIV/AIDS in three isolated villages in Namwala District. The Widows campaign against early marriage and this had led to a reduction in the number of girls forced to drop out of schools to marry.

Chibolya Education and Health Organisation

A photo of children at Chibolya School in their classroom to illustrate our education work

CEHOZ formally established Chibolya Community School in 2012 after seven years of teaching village children in a dark, cramped disused beer hall. With our support they built two light, airy classrooms, a nursery block and latrines. 

Inclusive education

Joseph, 7 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.”

Changing futures

Emmanuel Mwape, 20 years old

“I personally thank ZOA for being very supportive since 2010. You are the one who sponsored me through school. Without your help I wouldn’t be this far in terms of education. Thank you very much for continuing to support us so that one day we’ll finish our education and become bright and productive citizens.”

[Emmanuel is now studying at Eden University. The photo is of him was taken ten years ago when ZOA first started supporting him.]

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.

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