Cecily's Fund addresses gaps through a complete approach towards the care and support of orphans and vulnerable children. This is reflected in our key programmatic areas of enabling orphans and vulnerable children to go to school; helping children to succeed at school; preparing for life beyond school; and strengthening community support for the importance of education for orphans.
We focus our support upon children who have been orphaned or who are vulnerable between the ages of 5-25 years with a range of direct and indirect interventions.
- Payment of school fees
- Provision of books, uniforms, shoes
- Food security/meals
- Guidance/mentoring through school contact teachers
- Peer Health Education
- After-school clubs
- Entrepreneurship training and business start-up grants
- Training of ward committees to advocate on behalf of orphans and vulnerable children
- Payment of additional support costs (in schools and through partners)
- Community strengthening and the building of social capital
- Capacity building of local partners
- Policy change and practice regarding services for orphans and vulnerable children
Zambia is a large, landlocked country in southern Africa which gained independence from the United Kingdom in October 1964. Since 1991, governments have been formed by multi-party democracy. Zambia borders eight other states, and has particularly close ties with Zimbabwe, to the south. Straddling the border between the two countries is the famous Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world, which is known locally as "Mosi-oa-Tunya", or "the smoke that thunders."
A developing country, Zambia has an economy which is heavily based around the mining and exporting of copper. While the copper mines are among the most productive in the world, poverty is widespread. In the areas in which Cecily's Fund works, many families are unable to afford the costs of going to school. Education is a major issue not least because Zambia is a young country; of a population of around 14 million people, over 50% are under the age of 18. Owing to the devastating impact of AIDS, millions of children have suffered the loss of one or both parents.
Where We Work
Our programmes take place in two locations: Kitwe, a major hub of the Copperbelt province in the north of the country, and Lusaka, the nation's capital, in the centre of the country. Visit the Our Partners page to learn more about our partner organisations and the areas in which they operate.