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.
Feb 15, 2017

Francine's 2016 Term 3 Grades and KF Update

The end of term three 2016 concluded a successful year for KF. We would like to use this opportunity to let you know about the latest achievements of its high achieving students and alumni.

We had our small, yet equally remarkable class of two students graduate Grade 12; Jessy from Chalo Trust School (CTS), who scored above average on the IGCE and Andrew from Pestalozzi Education Centre (PEC), who achieved excellent results, including distinctions in five subjects. We are eager to hear back from the various post-secondary programs to which they have applied! Former head girl Jessy has wasted no time, and has already begun a 3-month internship at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lusaka.

As the circle of life continues, KF is very happy to welcome six exceptional new Grade 8 students; 2 boys and 1 girl at each partner school. In other news:

  • We have three new head boys and girls in our midst: Kellyson and Lydia at Chalo Trust School, as well as Rabecca at Pestalozzi Education Centre
  • In addition, three new KF students have been recognized for their blossoming leadership skills by being named prefects: Philip and Cararise at Chalo Trust School and Martin at Chalo Trust School
  • All eight of our Grade 9 students passed their national exams with flying colors. We are particularly proud of Terry (PEC) and Emmanuel (CTS) who scored impressively, and the highest of their KF cohort at each school
  • Six Grade 10 and one Grade 11 student completed 1-2 weeks of work experience at companies and organizations around Lusaka, five of which were new partners for KF. These include: Clinton Health Access Initiative (Lydia, CTS), Barefeet Theatre (Emmanuel, PEC), Metropolis Healthcare Limited (Ased, PEC and Cecilia, CTS), Tiny Tim and Friends HIV Clinic (Mercy, CTS), and Modzi Arts (Nelly, PEC). Our long term partner Rock Insurance Brokers graciously hosted Vincent (CTS) for two weeks.
  • In the realm of performing arts, there were three notable performances:
  • Cultural Day at Chalo Trust School, featuring many cultural dances for each grade
  • Independence Day Celebration at Pestalozzi Education Centre, featuring cultural dances and skits from all four corners of Zambia, as well as neighboring countries
  • End-of-Year I Am Pestalozzi! Showcase, directed by KF fellow Jessica, and featuring original skits, songs, poems, and dances by many KF and other PEC students

Also attached are Francine’s grades from Term 3 at Chalo.  Francine continues to work hard in her subjects at Chalo. 

None of this would be possible without your ongoing support. It is so inspiring to see what these students can accomplish, when given the resources and encouragement to see it through. We are very proud of them for their hard work, creativity and success this term, and we hope you are as well.

We remain grateful for your continued support, and wish to thank you for this.


Oliver                                            

President & Co-Founder


Florence

Executive Director & Co-Founder
 

Masuku 

Finance and Program Manager & Co-Founder


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Nov 18, 2016

Francine's 2016 Term 2 Grades and KF Newsletter

The second academic term has finished in Zambia, and 2016 is proving to be a successful year 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.

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

  • Many KF scholars at Chalo Trust School took part in the school’s annual talent show. Our gifted students danced, sang songs, presented poems, and acted in self-written plays. 
  • In June, KF welcomed its eighth Princeton in Africa fellow, Jessica. Jessica is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and has coordinated a scholarship program at UC Berkeley for the past 4 years. During this upcoming year, she intends to help KF establish a strategic plan for supporting its alumni in pursuing post-secondary scholarships and other opportunities, as well as foster and define KF’s relationship with its alumni. 
  • Yale Young African/Global Scholars: In July and August, KF supported seven Grade 10s and 11s to attend three conferences around the world: Ased, Cararise, and Nelly attended YYAS in Harare, Zimbabwe; Vincent and Martin attended YYAS in Accra, Ghana; Kellyson and Jackson attended YYGS at Yale University, USA. These conferences are an academic and leadership program for African high school students who have the talent and drive to make meaningful impact in their communities. 
  • KF hosted thirteen high schools girls from Hotchkiss and Hathaway Brown schools, as well as their teachers, a KF trustee, Tina, and her daughter, Kayla. They engaged in a weekend retreat full of games and intercultural discussions, and then spent a week in Lusaka, staying at Chalo Trust and visiting Pestalozzi, engaging in sporting activities and providing tutoring in the evenings. We look forward to continued partnership with these great schools! 
  • KF held our annual reunion event, bringing together current students and alumni. This year, we celebrated 10 years of building a strong foundation for the future!
  • August was a joyous and sad time, as many KF alumni started their tertiary programs. We bid adieu to four students going abroad to start new programs, including: Mailess, University of California, Berkeley; Titani, University of British Columbia; Armand, EARTH University; Nathan, African Leadership Academy, and congratulated three others starting full-time programs at universities in Zambia: Barbara, National Institute of Public Administration; Edna, City University; and Ngosa, Chreso University. Many others returned to their programs both abroad and locally.
  • Kucetekela Foundation became the newest member organization of the HALI Access Network, an association of organizations in Africa that work with high-achieving, low-income (HALI) students to access higher education opportunities. 

Attached are Francine's grades for Term 2, 2016 and the KF Newsletter for the term.

Our organization could not do this work without your support and your support is making a critical difference in the lives of our students, their families and communities.  At this time of year, we want to remind you of the impact your contribution is having and ask you to consider supporting KF in 2017.  The cost of sponsoring Francine for 2017 is $5,700.  All administrative costs are fully covered by the Board of Trustees which allows KF to direct 100% of your donation to our students. 

 2-3% of the Zambian population enrolls in college or university.  To remind you, KF, now with 36 graduates, has more than 80% of our alumni enrolled in tertiary education!  Your contribution therefore makes a tremendous impact and develops well-equipped young leaders. 

Yours gratefully,

 

Oliver                                            

President & Co-Founder

 

Florence

Executive Director & Co-Founder

 

Masuku 

Finance and Program Manager & Co-Founder


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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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