Project #6745

School Supplies for High School Orphans, Zambia

by Chikumbuso

The students are almost done with their term, the year is coming to a close, and we have accomplished so much this year. We have added a seventh grade class, full of fantastic students. Adding this class is a big deal for our kids. All our top performers are accepted into secondary schools across Ngome and Lusaka, however, they must pay for tuition, supplies, exam fees, uniforms, and more. By adding the seventh grade class, we are able to continue to educate our students and keep them from dropping out due to lack of funds. 

Our seventh graders are some of the top performers in Zambia, and we are justifiably proud of them. By keeping them on campus, we are also making sure they eat at least once a day, that they are surrounded by mentors and those who love them, and that they have the tools needed to study. 

Thanks to your support we make all that happen! We wish you a merry Christmas and happy holidays!


Every time I visit Chikumbuso I am surprised by some aspect of the project. This time it is the maturity and eagerness to learn that I see demonstrated in our students. Ten years ago, at the outset of Chikumbuso, there were 30 very bedraggled students ranging from six to ten years of age.  They were frightened by the white woman, thankful to be invited into school, and hoping for food for lunch and a bit extra to take home to their families.

Today these same students and 420 more portray a new picture.  These students are bright, well dressed and healthy.  One of these students is Teddy a 17 year old eighth grader.  Teddy grew up in the far eastern corner of Zambia with a single mom and a younger sister.  Life was a struggle and he did not go to school. At seven years old his uncle came to the village to take him to his father in Lusaka where they hoped he would be able to finally get an education.

Teddy said nothing changed. His father did not have the means to send him to school. What a disappointment.  One day his neighbor, a teacher at Chikumbuso, came and took him to school. He did not speak English and he could not read but the teachers at Chikumbuso were tender with him and today Teddy is ranked number one in his eighth grade class. Given the opportunity of a life time he grabbed hold of it. He works hard and his peers respect him.  

Your donations help to keep Teddy and others like him in school.

Thank you so much.


As part of our reworking of our fundraising objectives, we are going to be combining this project with our Secondary School Sponsorship project. The 150 secondary school students that we fund are in need of sponsorship for their education, as well as provided school supplies. By combining the two projects we hope to encourage full sponsorship of each child, which will provide them not only with schooling, but also with monthly supplies for their home such as food. Thank you for all of your donations to this project, and please make sure to check out our new more stream-lined fundraising goals!

School Supplies for High School Orphans, Zambia

Chikumbuso is committed to supporting the education of vulnerable children for the duration of their time in school. After our students graduate from our onsite primary school, Chikumbuso encourages them to continue their education at local high schools by covering the cost of tuition and school supplies. This means that adolescents who might otherwise drop out of school due to high costs are able to stay in school until they graduate at no cost to them.

This year, one of the high school students that we support received prescription eye glasses for the first time. Sarah is in the twelfth grade, and she is thrilled to be able to see her classrooms’ chalkboards more clearly. When she saw herself in her fashionable new frames for the first time, she couldn’t stop smiling.

You can help other students like Sarah receive critical school supplies like eye glasses, backpacks, paper, and textbooks by donating to this fund. Thank you for your continued support of Chikumbuso’s wonderful students. Your donations make a difference! 

This school year the Zambian government has decided to change the curriculum for schools. Since we follow the curriculum, and since our secondary students all attend government schools, this means we have to purchase a whole new set of books for each student. This cost is quite high and unexpected but something we can't avoid.

Without the books and supplies provided them, our students can't afford to go to school. They depend on the assistance of donors like you to fund their studies. Thanks to your help, we have managed to keep in school all those who want to be there. Please help us to continue to support our incredible scholars as they further their studies. 


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Organization Information


Location: Lusaka - Zambia
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Linda Wilkinson
Lusaka, Zambia

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