Empowering vulnerable children in Zambia

Future Pillars (Zambia) is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (number 1173534) founded in June 2017 to support the life-changing work going on in one school in Kabwe, Central Province, Zambia. Future Pillars took over this work from CONTESA, a charity which had been working for the previous 12 years to support AIDS orphans in Zambia. Our stated objectives are to advance education, relieve poverty and promote and protect good health for the public benefit of children in Zambia who are socially and economically disadvantaged. Our mission is to empower vulnerable children (many of whom are orphans) by providing food, education and vocational skills training. Where necessary and affordable we will also offer basic housing. Future Pillars will continue to support the existing programmes at Kabwe, where over 1,000 children and young people are currently receiving food, education and skills training in order to move from poverty to a better and sustainable future for themselves and their families. Some have already achieved that goal and become qualified teachers, electricians, carpenters and so on. This needs to continue. The children are there, the need is great, how can we let them down? Future Pillars pledge that 100% of donations will go directly and only for the support of the children in the programmes. We work as volunteers from home and cover administrative and travelling costs ourselves.

New School Block Building Appeal

Thanks to a wonderful level of support from regular and new donors, we have reached our appeal target of £50,000 to complement the existing funds dedicated to the new School Block building project. So, the UK portion of the building costs has been reached and the appeal is now closed! Thank you to all those who have got us to this point, through a range of activities and events during lockdown (Gold/Silver/Bronze bricks, Trustees Tackle The Thames, Well-Being Week, 2020 Hindsight, and the quizzes to name but some).

Out in Zambia, Moses Kopa and his team were keen to share the financial burden for the new build, and,
in the spirit of true partnership, took on the commitment of raising the equivalent of £17,000. After much discussion and joint planning between Moses, his team and FPZ trustees, an application was submitted to the BEIT trust in May 2020. This was not successful, so, in November, a resubmission was sent by Moses.

In early May 2021, he informed us of a pending site visit by a field officer acting for BEIT to inform their UK-based trustees of potential projects to support – this visit coincided with the unloading of the 4th container and, of course, he was very impressed! 2 weeks ago, we got the great news that BEIT have made a grant of £25,000! So, the Zambian team have honoured their commitment too and the whole project cost is now fully covered.

We have so much to be grateful for and I hope you will join in our celebrations of this achievement.

Update 3; Back to School in Kabwe

As schools in the UK return after the summer break, we bring you news of developments in Kabwe. Family Futures Community School re-opened on 1 June for exam grades only – grade 7 and grade 9, closing for a shortened summer break on August 28. The school will reopen on...

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Update 1: Coronavirus outbreak in Zambia

We hope that you and your loved ones are well.  As we all come to terms with the impact of the Coronavirus on our world and the immediacy and severity of the restrictions on all our lives here in UK, we write to update you on the situation in Zambia and, more...

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