Empowering vulnerable children in Zambia
Future Pillars (Zambia) is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered in June 2017 number 1173534. We aim to build on the valuable work started by the CONTESA Charity since 2005 when Esnat Avon began to support AIDS orphans in Zambia. This ran very successfully, providing food, education and skills training over 12 years to over 10,000 orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia through a variety of different projects, until health problems caused Esnat to announce that CONTESA would downsize on June 30th 2017 and switch to being a small grant making charity. Five of CONTESA’s longstanding trustees took up Esnat’s invitation and challenge to start a new charity, and so Future Pillars has been born. 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 pledges 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.
Not one but TWO Future Pillars walks!
What a fabulous day we had on 1 June 2019 as we walked The Isle of Purbeck Round. 66 walkers in the UK…500 in Kabwe. “You’ll never walk alone”!
Introducing “FEED FIVE”
Imagine providing the midday meal for 5 children sitting round your table and getting to know them…