Sponsor a Child

Ensure a better life for an underprivileged child by sponsoring their education

Project located in Livingstone, Zambia
Project focused on Education & Enrichment

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Zambia is an exceedingly poor country with 78% of the population living below the extreme poverty line on less than a dollar a day. To address the difficulties parents obviously had in educating their children, shown by declining enrolment rates in the 1990’s, the government introduced the free basic education policy. This was to enable children access to free primary education up to grade 7. However, although there was more access for children to attend grades 1-7, the government did not allocate enough money to support the sector. This has caused many children who are in school to receive an ineffective education in buildings that quite often are inadequate. This has led the schools to require parents to make a contribution every year, thus removing the benefits of the free education.
In addition, there are not enough places in government schools for all the children in the country. Community schools have been formed by volunteers to teach the children who cannot get access to a government school because of lack of spaces, lack of finances, or because there is not one close enough to home. These do not get any funding from the government or have government-trained teachers. Often the teachers are barely educated themselves and managing a class of up to 100 children with no resources. Community school teachers are unpaid and so commitment is often an issue and classes can be left without a teacher on a regular basis.
Currently more than a quarter of a million children are not enrolled in school. 47% do not finish primary school. 65% of the children who do complete primary do not enter secondary school.

Please email Sharon on zsac@happyafricafoundation.org for more information.

Without education children will not have the tools to thrive at future jobs and the cycle of poverty will continue through the generations.
But there is more to it than that. Consider what the child must do to survive. Many have to go and work to contribute to their household income, or they must look after sick relatives or young children. 40.6% of Zambian children are forced into labour.
Girls are sold to much older men for marriage to help their families afford to feed themselves. Some are sold for men’s entertainment. 1,198,500 Zambian girls have been forced into early marriage over the last 2 years.
Children who do not attend school miss out on so much more than learning their ABC’s and 123’s. They miss out on the opportunity to grow and develop in a safe space, to expand their mind so that they know they have a choice in life to have better, to be better. They do not get empowered. Without empowered individuals how can a community, even a whole nation, become empowered to affect positive change?

Please email Sharon on zsac@happyafricafoundation.org for more information.

We provide vulnerable children, identified and assessed by our local community partners, with the opportunity to go to school by facilitating donations from sponsors.
The sponsorship money pays school fees for a year, a set of uniform and shoes, a bag, stationary, exercise books, and necessary text books. Throughout the year they can ask for additional funds for school trips, extra text books, etc.
In addition, 29.5% of the sponsorship fee goes directly to the school’s fund to improve the quality of education for the sponsored children and the hundreds of other children who also attend the school.
We have a Sponsor a Child specialist who is on the ground in Livingstone who can offer all sponsored children support as and when needed and to manage the monies and purchases.

How much does it cost?
Primary School (grades 1 – 7) ≈ $290 / £175 / €240
Basic School (grades 8 – 9) ≈ $390/ £260/ €320
Secondary School (grades 10 – 12) ≈ $420/ £280/ €345

Schools across Livingstone vary in their school fees, usually reflecting the quality of the school. As you would expect the community schools cost far less annually than a government school. However, we have found that these children often need more additional support due to the lack of resources in the school. Therefore the money balances. In addition to this, it is important that we do not disadvantage a child looking for sponsorship by making their fees higher than the other children if they attend a more expensive school.
17.5% of the fees goes to administration costs. This ensures that there is a specialist on the ground ensuring that the children get the support they need to succeed in their education.

Please email Sharon on zsac@happyafricafoundation.org for more information.


Short Term Impact:
Enabling a child to go back to school means that they will spend their days off of the streets and under proper adult supervision. This is a much safer and healthier situation for many children who currently spend their days alone and unsupervised at home.

Long Term Impact:
A formal education gives children and young adults the opportunity to develop skills that will allow them to earn a living and support themselves in the future.

26 children have graduated grade 12 so far
Over 150 children have been educated or are now in school
2 children with disabilities are able to attend specialist schools that best suit their needs
5 graduates have gone on to university, one of which received a scholarship to a university in India
24 schools have been positively impacted
In the past schools have purchased printers, photocopiers, and run feeding programs from the funds they got from sponsorship. Linda Community School uses their fund to sponsor their children who pass grade 7 but who cannot afford to move up to a Basic School for grade 8 without financial assistance.

Success Stories
TryphenaThis is Tryphena. She is now in grade 12 and making such a difference. She does well in her academics but does astounding work in her extra-curricular activities. Not only is she part of the anti-corruption club and on the student council, but she has founded and directs the schools girl club, where young girls are educated to stay safe, stay in school, and stay healthy. She plans to be a doctor one day and to make her girls club into a formal foundation that enters all Zambian schools. Not only has sponsoring this child changed a life, it has the potential to change and improve many lives. Thank you to her kind donors who have empowered her to leave her mark on so many lives.

JoshuaThis is Joshua. Joshua started in a typical community school but struggled due to being deaf and partially sighted. After being sponsored Joshua has been able to attend a residential special school outside of Livingstone where he can get the specialist education he needs and deserves. He says that his favourite part about school is that now he has lots of friends. Thank you to his amazing donors that have paid the extra costs to allow him to go to residential school. You really have changed a life.


InnocentThis is Innocent. He is an inspiration to all of our sponsored children. Innocent was sponsored back when he was in Primary school. He worked hard and achieved good grades throughout his studies. His sponsors supported him through basic school and then through secondary school. Now they support him to attend The University of Zambia to do Business Administration. He loves it and is progressing well.Thank you to the generous sponsors who have shown Innocent the continual support and faith to give him the best possible start in life.

Please email Sharon on zsac@happyafricafoundation.org for more information.

The Happy Africa Foundation works with several different communities – known locally as compounds – throughout Livingstone, including Linda, Nakatindi and Maramba to name only a few. The total population of Livingstone is an estimated 109,203 – however, figures are difficult to accurately measure given the transient nature of the town and the location of surrounding settlements.


Linda compound, one of the most densely populated housing areas in Livingstone, is home to some 11,600 or more people. Unfortunately this area is also characterized by an alarmingly high birth rate, the population having risen from an estimated 8,000 in just three years (potentially over 3000 births). The small clinic in Linda cannot currently offer any laboratory services or satisfactory inpatient care, thus Linda’s occupants have to travel to other healthcare providers – either in nearby Maramba or the Livingstone General Hospital – to attain these vital services.


Maramba, located near a Zambezi River tributary called the Maramba River, was the first location sponsored by the Government from 1922 to 1927. However, like other suburbs, Maramba now contains a lot of unplanned structures. Maramba does also contain one of the only government-supported residences for the elderly in Zambia, which currently houses over 40 residents who otherwise would be left to fend for themselves due to a lack of family support.


Nakatindi community established itself in 1987. The community is made up of almost 75% Lozi tribe, the remaining 25% being Tonga, Luvale and other tribes. A high proportion of Nakatindi’s 6000+ population moved from the Dambwa North region to resettle in Nakatindi in the 1980s. Nakatindi is characterized as a community with a high percentage of retirees and a low percentage of people in stable employment. It is evident that peer pressure has led to the prevalence of drug abuse and the abundance of local beerhouses or ‘shebeens’.

Achieved So Far:

2016 so far…
July – We have 5 new sponsors!! They are all sponsoring pupils from Linda Community School.
We have found 2 teachers who will be helping Linda Community sponsored children during Holiday time for a month. The Linda Community School is the most disadvantaged school we have sponsored children in and additional support in their education is vital in giving them a quality education.
June – The new curriculum text books have been ordered, due to be delivered in August. This will give us a resource library to be able to support our sponsored children in their studies, especially the ones at the most disadvantaged schools who do not have access to resources.
May – 3 of our sponsored children attended the THAF fundraiser May Day Madness and performed in the choir and/or the dance group. The experience was very rewarding for them, inspiring them to become empowered through expressive arts.
The manual has been completed, updating THAF policy and protocol to improve communication with donors and efficiency on the ground.
April – The sponsor a child new templates are now being used, and the new standardized manual is nearly completed.
A new primary school child has been sponsored. She was on the waiting list less than a week which is amazing for her. 2 years has been paid up front to ensure her immediate education is secure.
March – We had a staff review on Sponsor a Child and agreed a plan of action to expand the program. We have been busy making the agreed templates and designs.
February – Another two children were sponsored!! One little boy and one little girl, both in primary school. Taking our total to 81 children in school right now thanks to the programme.
January – A young man came to us struggling to pay his college fees for engineering school. When he became orphaned he sold all his family’s livestock to pay for his education for 2015. Now he has nothing left to sell and asked for our help of raising $600 to pay the year’s fee, and if we managed to do that then the college would pay for his accommodation and food. Within 24hrs we had found an amazing sponsor who reached out to her friends and family about him and raised over $1000 to put towards his education. That money paid his fees and the remainder went into the reserve pot to support other vulnerable children.
The beginning of the school year meant that all the sponsored children received new uniform and stationary, and had their school fees paid.
2015 – All eight of our grade 7s passed their exams and qualified to move up to grade 8. We celebrated the graduation of 8 of our students in December. All of the recent graduates delivered speeches.
2014 – The project grew from 18 children in 2009 to 78 sponsored children in 2014.
2013 – We saw all the Grade 9 pupils promoted to Grade 10.
2012 – We saw three young people graduate from high school and two from tertiary education institutes.

Please email Sharon on zsac@happyafricafoundation.org for more information.