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The Zambia Society Trust

The Zambia Society Trust:

Past, Present and Future


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The Zambia Society Trust

Background

  • 1968 The Zambia Society founded to encourage ties between Britain and Zambia

  • 1991The Zambia Society Trust launched to respond to increasing poverty in Zambia and the devastating effects of the HIV epidemic (now affecting about 1.6 million people)

    Total population 10.5 million

  • 2006 The Society and Trust amalgamated to become

    The Zambia Society Trust


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The Trust’s grants are only for assistance in Zambia

The Objects of the Charity are:

  • to help the poor, especially orphans, (est. 1 million, 20% of children under 15 years)

  • to help the disadvantaged to achieve

    • Better health

    • Access to Education

    • Acquisition of Skills


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Orphans’ Support Programmes

(Total Annual Grants ± £16,000/year)

The Trust currently assists 9 Centres:

  • 7 of which

    • Supply food for the poorest and/or

    • Enable children living in the community to attend school

  • 2 orphanages founded long before the HIV epidemic

    (Some are babies whose mothers have died; no relative

    able to breast feed them).


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Short Reports on 4 of the 9 Centres

(2 small and 2 larger)


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Ana Amasiye (Children Left Behind)

St Mary’s, Matero, Lusaka

  • feeding project for 72 impoverished orphans living in the township

  • provides a nourishing meal every day

  • poorest children selected by members of the Catholic Women’s League.


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St John’s Catholic Cathedral Outreach, Kasama

  • Orphans in surrounding area allocated fields by village headmen.

  • They are assisted by local well-organised committees of adults to produce much of the basic food they need


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St Francis’ Hospital Orphans Project, Katete

2000 Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children (OVCs), living in their communities with relatives or neighbours, are assisted to attend school


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St Francis’ Hospital Orphans’ Project, Katete

Supplied with:

  • Exercise books and pens }

  • Soap } regularly as needed

  • Uniforms, most made by older orphans }

  • A blanket } on registration

  • A hoe blade (handle is made in the village) } “

    (No text books or shoes)

  • Funds for the maintenance of their school; fees for Grades 8 & 9


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St Francis’ Hospital Orphans’ Project, Katete

Costs: Grades 1 to 7 £24/year

Grades 8 & 9 £48/year

  • Committee for each group of villages directly responsible

  • Monitored by hospital-based team led by Principal Clinical Officer

    who has headed project for 20 years

  • Recent lack of sufficient funds threatens to downsize the project


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Chitsime Association

Bringingtogether and serving the people of Misisi Compound, Lusaka

The site today

12 years ago


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Chitsime Association

Orphans & street kids project – Home of Hope - 30 boys


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Chitsime Association

St Lawrence communityschool - 1130 pupils - grades 1 to 9

(435 orphans - 520 vulnerable children)

15 teachers paid by government out of 25


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Chitsime Association

St Lawrence community school today


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Chitsime Association

Special needs school-62 children- physically & mentally handicapped


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Chitsime Association

Life skills – carpentry & homecraft – tailoring courses – computer centre


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Chitsime Association

Income-generating projects – blockmaking – maximill – bakery –

garden - poultry


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Chitsime Association

Health & welfare-feeding programme -home-based care centre-volunteer caregivers-testing for HIV


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Education grants

  • Object: to assist disadvantaged post-grade 12 Zambian students with grants to pursue courses within Zambia

  • Courses –educational-technical-vocational-training approved by TEVETA—normally up to 2 years in length

  • Grants cover tuition and examination fees and sometimes accommodation costs

  • Applications accepted annually -from any post grade 12 student – forms by post or website

  • Selection initially by a Lusaka-based education group and finally by ZST UK education committee


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Education grants

  • Criteria- academic status—value length & cost of course—disability—gender

  • Awards- total cost £7,000 per year –funding 12 to 14 students


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Appropriate Paper Technology Enterprises, (APTERS) Lusaka

  • ZST’s grant is £1000/year, providing one third of the cost of mobility aids, excluding salaries


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APTERS continued ...

  • Last year 227 mobility aids were produced for physically and mentally disadvantaged children

  • Chairs, walkers and tripods are made of painted papier maché

  • Children are enabled to sit, to walk and are stimulated greatly to develop physically and mentally

  • After 2-3 years aids are replaced by larger ones.

  • The aids are cost-effective.

  • Most parents can contribute only a small proportion of the cost.

  • Eight of the nine staff are physically challenged. One is able-bodied: he is needed to load and unload vehicles.


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Footballs and netballs

  • £1300 / year

  • 4 balls for 50 Secondary and Community Schools each year

  • Distributed by Mr Whiteson Chenge

  • Made by ‘Alive and Kicking’ in Lusaka

  • Excellent quality

  • Letters of thanks show how much appreciated


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The Ridge Bursary Fund for Health Workers

  • Funds come from an endowment by the late Dr Jessie Ridge, who worked in Northern Zambia, Malawi & Nigeria for many years

  • Supplemented by sales of Dick Hobson’s fascinating book

  • ‘Tales of Zambia’


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Beneficiaries of the Ridge Bursary Fund

  • 3 to 4 post graduate Doctors training to be specialists in Lusaka receive textbooks of their choice to the value of £300-£350.

  • 25 Licentiate Doctors (upgraded Clinical Officers), who qualify each year will receive 5-6 textbooks covering the main clinical specialities, if there are sufficient funds.

    Most Licentiates are posted to rural areas with no access

    to a medical library

    £2,000 extra will be needed annually


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Fund Raising

Currently the funds received annually are approximately:


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The Future

Vital projects are:

  • Support of Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children (OVCs) living in their communities

  • Bursaries for courses leading to certificates or diplomas within Zambia

  • APTERS – more mobility aids

  • DISACARE, who make robust wheelchairs or crutches in Lusaka, suitable for rough roads and paths


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Each Committee Member has a particular responsibility:

  • To maintain contact with at least one project

  • Some are involved in placing orders and monitoring arrival: eg. footballs/textbooks.

  • Other members ...

    • Organise fund raising events

    • Care for the funds and their disbursement

    • Compile the monthly News from Zambia and 3 monthly Zambia News Extra containing news of the projects and personalities.

    • Organise the printing and sending out cards and prints.

    • Care for the Administration

    • Respond to, and encourage membership.


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  • The Officers and committee members receive no payment.

  • No claims are made except for materials and postage.

  • No travel, nor sitting allowances are paid!


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For Zambia Society Trust projects to be more effective

£50,000 to £70,000 extra is required annually.

Are any firms involved in Zambia

or

individuals concerned for the country’s disadvantaged

ABLE TO HELP?


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