Cecily's Fund

Primary and Secondary Education in Kitwe Zambia

Without an education, young people grow up impoverished and unskilled and are at higher risk of becoming infected with HIV. This project helps over 9,000 vulnerable and orphaned children to go to school by providing them with uniform, materials, fees and the support of special teachers.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1071660)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£11,000

Amount raised

£20,650

Donations

37

    Category

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

    Helping

Location

  • "I wish to thank you... because had it not been for you, I wouldn't see my bright future"

    — One of the young people we support

  • "I wish to thank you... because had it not been for you, I wouldn't see my bright future"

    — One of the young people we support

Situation

There are currently 1.3 million orphans in Zambia. Over half of them have lost one or both parents to AIDS-related illnesses. Tens of thousands of others have parents who are too ill to earn a living. The traditional support system of the extended family can no longer cope with the large and increasing number of orphans, and often cannot afford to send them to school.

Solution

Research worldwide has shown that formal education is one of the most effective ways of reducing young people’s risk of becoming infected and increasing their chances of survival as adults. It does this by providing support from adults and peers, skills to earn a living, information on how to avoid HIV infection and the confidence to act on that information (which is particularly important for girls).