American Friends of Cecily’s Fund (AFCF) was incorporated in November 2005 as a US 501©3 on the initiative of Hon. Wyche Fowler Jr., former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Senator for Georgia, after he visited Cecily’s Fund’s programs in Zambia. He was impressed with what CF had achieved for thousands of orphans and vulnerable children who, without this support, would not be receiving an education. Since our inception, AFCF has grown in the US and is now operated by a well-qualified Board of volunteer Directors.
AFCF works with and through CF in the UK. It fundraises and spreads awareness in the US about the importance of education for Zambia’s orphans and vulnerable children, whose lives have been drastically affected by the loss of their adult family members mostly as a result of the continuing HIV/AIDS epidemic. CF works with NGO partners on the ground to identify those children who most need our financial support and to monitor their progress, in grades K through 12. Each year, CF also supports some 50 of our high school graduates to train as “peer health educators”. It has also paid for more than 30 to attend teacher training college or university. Thanks to education these wonderful young people, have a brighter and more secure future, are able to help support their families, and through their alumni association are pledged to help other children succeed.
For more information about the work of Cecily's Fund, see the pages on each of our program areas:
- Enabling Orphans and Vulnerable Children to go to School
- Supporting Children to Succeed at School
- Preparing Children for Life Beyond School
- Strengthening Community Support for Children's Education
AFCF is based in New York and managed by our Development Officer, Sue Skaf. Watch the Events section at the bottom of this page to keep up with our latest activities!
Ways to Donate to AFCF
- Send a check to American Friends of Cecily’s Fund at120 Boston Post Rd, Rye, NY 10580
- Make a secure online donation at www.justgive.org
- Do your Amazon shopping via www.smile.amazon.com – Amazon gives a portion of the shopping proceeds to their preferred charities! Simply find American Friends of Cecily’s Fund in the list of causes supported.
- Make a transfer directly to our US bank account – contact Sue Skaf for our account information.
Each and every dollar helps a Zambian child to get an education! We hope you will support us and make a donation!
For more information or questions about how to donate, contact Sue Skaf.
Phone: (212) 338-0920 or (917) 592-4424
New York, September 2nd 2017
Many congratulations on the 20th Anniversary of Cecily’s Fund! All of us at American Friends of Cecily’s Fund have felt privileged to be a part of this amazing “family” for the past 10 or more years, and look forward to many more years of supporting our wonderful “Cecily’s Fund children” at school in Zambia.
We are extremely proud to be part of an organization which was one of the pioneers in our field: raising awareness for the plight of orphans and vulnerable children left destitute by the blight of HIV/AIDS and to have contributed to giving thousands of children a brighter future through education.
My own connection with Cecily’s Fund is unique. After graduating from college in 1980, I spent 6 months as Au Pair to the Eastwood family while Basil was at the UK embassy in Bonn. At that time, Cecily was just 2 years old and – oh boy! - quite a handful! Many years later – in 2005 – after I had moved to NY, married and had my own children, I punched Basil’s name into Google, in an endeavour to get back in touch. What should pop up but “Cecily’s Fund”. Imagine my shock and sadness to learn of Cecily’s death, having remembered Cecily – as well as her three sisters and her parents - so fondly, for so many years. However, sadness soon turned into happy and productive busy-ness, as I met Basil again in NY and help launch American Friends of Cecily’s Fund. Not only did I finally find a children’s charity I felt deeply inspired to volunteer for, but I also rekindled a loving friendship with the Eastwood family, which my own family is now a part of.
I would have loved to be present at this special 20th Anniversary celebration, but our American Friends’ President Mahadev Raman, and all of my fellow Directors on the Board, join me in sending love and congratulations on this special day.
American Friends of Cecily’s Fund
Forthcoming AFCF Events
Recent AFCF Events
Presentation at St. John's University, New York (April 6th 2017)
On April 6th, our Development Officer Sue Skaf gave a presentation about Cecily's Fund to a freshman class at St.John's University in New York, upon the invitation of AFCF's new Board member Professor William Reisel. Professor Reisel encourages all of his students to work and fundraise for the community, particularly for disadvantaged children. The class presented Sue with $485.00 which they raised at a recent bake sale to benefit our students in Zambia!
AFCF Directors' Workshop, New York City (March 14th 2017)
AFCF Board Meeting, New York City (December 2nd 2015)
AFCF Directors' Workshop, New York City (November 15th 2015)
Pub Quiz, New York City (April 22nd 2015)
AFCF was a sponsor at the British American Business (BAB) Pub Quiz in NYC. This popular event combines the traditional atmosphere of a British pub night with a unique opportunity for networking! AFCF’s team Zambia 2015 took part, in the spirit of friendly competition! A great way to promote our work in Zambia to BAB membership!