How it began

 

During a family holiday to Zambia in 2016, we visited a local school and were dismayed at the conditions under which the pupils and teachers studied and worked. The lack of teaching, learning aids and resources, plus the fact that so many girl pupils failed to complete their secondary education because of child marriages and the boy pupils because of family agricultural labour.


We realized the need and decided to start this charity to help.

ABOUT US

FIND OUT WHO WE ARE

Educating for a better future

Where we help


Mfuwe Eastern Province Zambia

Why we do it
 

  • Eastern Province is one of the poorest provinces in Zambia

  • Govt funds pitifully meagre

  • Many children missing school altogether

  • Poor and orphan children lack the financial resources to attend school

  • Children have to pay for books, uniforms school fees school lunches transport

  • Pupils not completing their secondary education the fact borne out by;

  • 38.2 percent of boys continue on to secondary education while 35.6 percent of the girls do so.

A special mention of the plight of girl pupils.

Girl pupils due to the lack of sanitary towels, miss one week a month of schooling. This leads to a lack of academic progress and the assumption by the parents, that the girl is not capable of learning, so she is removed from school and in 9 cases out of 10 is married off  to an older man. Zambia has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world with 31% of women aged 20-24 years married by the age of 18.

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Between 2009 and 2013, 9,700 girls dropped out of school due to teen pregnancies, leading many to enter into child bridal marriages.

60% of all marriages in the country's Eastern Region are child marriages Child marriage in Zambia is driven by traditional practices and beliefs, and the low social status assigned to women and girls. Poverty also exacerbates child marriage. A dowry system still pertains in the area and therefore a girl when given in marriage can generate a lump sum payment of money or in kind.. Over 60.5% of the population live below the poverty line, and families see child marriage as an opportunity to benefit financially from the bride price they receive for their daughter.

People in rural areas perceive a girl child as a source of wealth, and would rather give the girl into marriage to raise funds for educating the boy child,"

 

Cultural practices such as polygamy also drive child marriage in Zambia, as young girls are married off to older men.

Finally, girls’ lack of access to education contributes to the likelihood of child marriage. United Nations Population Fund*,  found that 65% of women aged 20-24 with no education were married or in union by the age of 18, compared to only 17% of women with secondary education or more.

A child bride is quoted;

 

"My parents said they needed to benefit [from my dowry] before they die, and that's how they ordered me to stop going to school and get married to him... They charged him 500,000 kwacha [US$110] as bride price; he paid half and they gave him a field of maize [Zambia's staple food] to cultivate for them," she told IRIN*. 

 

*http://www.irinnews.org/report/91411/zambia-marrying-young-girls-tradition-here

*United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), formerly the United Nations Fund for Population Activities

Who we work with
 

School head teachers, local boards of education and on the ground charities

What we do
 

  • Pay for new build and renovation of classrooms and infrastructure

  • Build whole new schools

  • Sponsor poor gifted and orphan children’s school fees, lunches, uniforms, books

  • Provide teacher housing

  • Provide flush toilets and clean fresh water

  • Train teachers

  • Provide school text books and general stationery

  • Provide desks

  • Provide Feminine hygiene products for girls.

How we do it


By direct  fund raising and functions

Sale of paintings by African artists

Appeals to businesses for funds

HOW YOU CAN HELP

 

  • Direct donation here and now

  • Purchase of paintings

  • Monthly donation via direct debit

  • Hold your own fund raising event

  • Sponsor people

  • Donation via our website

  • Give money in lieu of a gift

  • In the memory of a past loved one.