Kucetekela Foundation

To develop leaders and create hope in Zambia by equipping academically promising but financially disadvantaged students with outstanding education and guidance to empower them to contribute and compete successfully.
Aug 19, 2016

2016 Term 1 Update

The first academic term has finished in Zambia, and 2016 is off to a fantastic start for KF.  At this time, we would like to update you on the highlights of the term and achievements of our current students and alumni.

 As of January, 40 students currently attend quality secondary school thanks to scholarships provided by Kucetekela Foundation, which represents the largest number of scholarships ever given at one time in our organization’s history.  Additionally, there are now 36 KF alumni studying across the world.

 Here are some of the high points of the first academic term in Lusaka: 

  • Jackson and Kellyson were accepted to the prestigious Yale Young Global Scholars Program. In July, they will fly to the US to attend the Sustainability, Energy & Environment session, which is held on Yale’s campus in New Haven, Connecticut. 
  • KF scholars at Chalo Trust School earned the top academic position in Grade 8, 9, 10 and 11!  While KF scholars at Pestalozzi Education Centre earned the top academic position in Grade 8, 10 and 11! 
  • KF held a new student orientation attended by all 10 new Grade 8 students and their parents/guardians where they were welcomed to the KF family and met the school principals. 
  • Christian, Kellyson, Mutinta, and Susan represented Pestalozzi Education Centre and Chalo Trust School at a poetry show put on by Bittersweet Poetry, a Zambian organization that offers youth a platform for poetry and artistic expression. 
  • Lydia, Faith, Francine, Emmanuel, and Gift ran in the Independent Charter Schools of Zambia (ICSZ) cross country competition, propelling Chalo Trust to victory over the 18 competing schools. 

There have been several remarkable accomplishments by KF alumni that we are proud to share: 

  • Mailess (class of 2013) earned a MasterCard Foundation scholarship to study at the University of California-Berkley.
  • Kate (class of 2013) and Tony (class of 2015) received a full scholarship from Our Moon, a new KF partner organization to attend Hillcrest National Technical School, an A Levels program in Livingstone, Zambia.
  • Nathan (class of 2015) has been accepted to African Leadership Academy in South Africa where he will begin in September 2016.
  • Titani (class of 2015) was awarded a MasterCard Foundation scholarship to study biology at the University of British Columbia where she will join KF alumni Bwalya and Justine.
  • Dennis (class of 2011)departed in October to study engineering on full scholarship at African Leadership University in Mauritius.
  • Vivian (class of 2014) received a full scholarship to Pestalozzi International Village, an A levels program in Hastings, UK.
  • Margaret (class of 2014) flew to Vladivostok, Russia in October to begin a six-year medical biophysics program on full scholarship at Far Eastern Federal University. 

With these recent admissions, 89% (32/36) of KF alumni have either been accepted to, are currently enrolled in, or have completed a tertiary program. 

Our KF students continue to excel in secondary school and beyond while earning a positive reputation for their hard work, intelligence, and care for their community. We would not be in a position to support the development of these young leaders without your support, which is making a decisive impact in the lives of our students, their families and communities. We are inspired by the direct effect your gift has had on Francine's life and future and hope you are too!


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May 26, 2016

Kucetekela Foundation and Francine

The academic year in Zambia finished in December and concluded a strong year for Kucetekela Foundation (KF) and our students.  We would like to use this opportunity to highlight the latest achievements of our students and alumni.

In 2015, KF supported 35 students in secondary school as well as 31 alumni who are now studying or working in Zambia and other countries across the globe!  In December, five KF students graduated from secondary school, a 100% graduation rate for this class, and boosted our alumni ranks now to 36.  This was a particularly accomplished class of graduates and earned the highest collective scores on the Grade 12 national exam of any KF class in our program’s history.  We believe they will be especially strong candidates for many tertiary education opportunities and wish them great success!

Our KF students continue to uphold a high standard of excellence and earn recognition for their academic performance and leadership ability. Here are some of the highlights from Term 3: 

  • Titani earned the highest Grade 12 national exam score at Pestalozzi Education Centre (the third consecutive year that a KF student has accomplished this feat).
  • Vincent earned the highest Grade 9 national exam score at Chalo Trust School.
  • Ased earned the third highest Grade 9 exam score at Pestalozzi.
  • 12 KF students earned awards for Academic Excellence at Pestalozzi.
  • Jessy was chosen to serve as Head Girl at Chalo Trust for the 2016 academic year.
  • Lydia was chosen as a prefect at Chalo Trust, and Martin was chosen as a boarding prefect at Pestalozzi for 2016.
  • Jackson , Rabecca , Mercy , Philip , Francine , Emmanuel and Faith were all named class monitors for 2016 at their respective schools.

As one class completed secondary studies, a new group of scholars were selected.  We are excited to welcome 10 new scholars to the KF family.  These new students were selected after another rigorous application and recruitment process.  We look forward to watching them grow and see all they achieve over the years to come!  These new students started Grade 8 in January and with this addition, KF now sponsors 40 students in 2016!

In October, a group of volunteers, led by Ken C., bravely took on a terrible storm and completed our fourth annual Bike for KF fundraiser.  Ken and his team of KF supporters rode 60 miles and raised approximately $10,000!  Congratulations and thank you to Ken and his team.  The KF students made a video to thank all who participated and donated to this effort.  You can check out the video at: https://youtu.be/5fDGhmV2ueM


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Mar 1, 2016

Francine's Term 3

Francine has completed her first year at Chaol Trust and begun Grade 9 in January.  Below is some additional information about Francine.

Family: Francine lives with her single mother and three siblings in Chunga. Her parents were never legally married, and her father left for Botswana many years ago, leaving the family to fend for themselves. However, Francine’s uncle is active and supportive in her life, and was present at the home interview. For a while, this uncle allowed Francine to live with his family and took care of her to help support the family. However, when he divorced his wife, he also began to struggle and Francine had to return to her mother. When he can, the uncle still contributes to the family financially, around 300 kwacha ($50)/ month. Francine’s mother sells fritters (small baked goods) on the road, which makes about 450 kwacha ($70)/month.

They own a home with seven rooms, however they divided the house to be able to make rental income. Their tenant pays the family 300 kwacha ($50)/month, which helps pay for electricity and food for the family. Her older brother and sister are both attending secondary school, and her younger sister is in Grade 6 at Diana Kaimba primary school. They don’t have running water but pay their neighbors to be able to use their well.

Education: Francine has managed the transition from primary school to Chalo very well, and her academic performance has been great. In Term I, Francine received 486 points and ended up fourth in her class. She followed up this encouraging start by improving her Term II scores to 499 points and retaining her position as the fourth-best in class, with two fellow KF scholars above her. Her principal wrote, “Francine’s excellent attitude is reflected in the work she does.” Another teacher commented, “Francine is an enthusiastic learner who tackles new challenges eagerly and with a positive attitude.”

Francine also cares deeply about her fellow students. She told us, “I motivate my friends by encouraging them to study extra hard to improve their performance at school. We have taken the initiative to form study groups, which has made us improve tremendously in all the subjects.”

Francine did very well at Chalo Trust in her first year.  Her grades for term 3 are attached.  

KF Involvement: During the term holidays, Francine has volunteered at Breath of Heaven a local orphanage. At the orphanage, Francine has taught math and other subjects to the young kids. She feels that community service is very important because “as an individual you need to have a heart for others and learn to give back to the community.”

Extracurricular Interests: Francine is a very talented athlete and is involved in all the sports activities at Chalo. She has earned a gold medal for her performance in a running competition held in Ndola earlier this year. She also enjoys playing netball and football and serves as a group leader for the school athletics. She says that playing on the school team has taught her to work together with teammates to “create ownership for us to succeed and achieve our goals as a team.” Francine is also a member of Jets, a science and math club at Chalo. In Jets, Francine carries out
different science projects and gets together with club members for additional study outside class.

Francine’s Thoughts: Francine hopes to go to university and study medicine. Her ultimate goal is to become a doctor “because I would like to be always there for others to complement what I have achieved at KF.” Reflecting on the impact of the KF scholarship, Francine wrote to her sponsor, “You have lifted me from grass to grace. The sponsorship has really helped us in such a way that is beyond human words. It has really given my family a sigh of relief. We are now able to have three meals per day a thing, which we never dreamed.” She says that the scholarship motivates her to work extra hard so as not to squander the opportunity she’s been given.


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