Friends For Zambia is a
Canadian non-governmental organization (NGO) and Registered Charity established
to raise money to build a community school in Lilayi, Zambia. Twitti School was
officially opened in July 2012 and now, in 2015, provides 436 local children
with an opportunity to learn from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8.
Mission of Friends For Zambia is to support basic education for the children of
Lilayi, Zambia. We believe that education is the key to a better future for these
children and their families. We put particular emphasis on encouraging the
education of girls.
Although the school has
been built as planned, we are continuing our support of Twitti School with
further capital projects as they are identified by the Board of Trustees of
Lilayi Education Trust.
The most pressing need for the school is a new school bus with space for more children. When a suitable bus is located, Friends For Zambia will help with the purchase.
Another project under consideration is a
school hall and kitchen
that would function as a sheltered lunchroom, especially in the long
rainy season. A nutritious meal could be prepared there for
children in need. It could also be rented to community groups for
special gatherings. A committee is studying this idea.
There is also a need for a new playground as the old equipment is rusting and is unsafe. Your support can make these projects happen.
Remembering Simon Maounde, Founder of Twitti School: 1930-2014
Maounde, former Headmaster of Namwala Secondary School and
retired deputy director Department of TechnicaL and Vocational
Training, who also served as Deputy Ambassador to China
1977-1981, died peacefully on Sunday, June 22, 2014
He is survived by his wife Lydia , 4 children and 8 grandchildren
Twitti School Project
2006 to 2013, the Friends For Zambia Society raised $800,000 to
build Twitti School. The school campus has 11 spacious
classrooms in 3 separate buildings, 3 washroom facilities (for
boys, girls and staff), a water well, a Library/Administration
building, a sports field and an outdoor Assembly area. A school
bus transports children each day. The school population in the 2015
school year exceeds 400 pupils. Grade 8 was added in January 2015.
The Friends For Zambia Society continues to
raise money for Twitti School as need is demonstrated for capital projects.
Currently donations are welcome for a proposed school hall/lunchroom/kitchen to provide
shelter during heavy rains. It would be used for morning Assembly and for
special events, and would provide a protected place for pupils to eat their
We welcome donations. Please send to:
Friends for Zambia Society c/o Shelley O’Callaghan
North Vancouver BC V7R 2P6
Partners of Friends for Zambia
Lafarge Cement Zambia has donated bags of cement for the construction of Twitti School.
Lafarge has a plant not far from Twitti School and is a partner in the ongoing
support of the Twitti School.
Compassionate Eye Foundation
Compassionate Eye Foundation (CEF) funded the construction of the third and final classroom block at Twitti School.
is an inovative non-profit organization founded on the principle that
creative people as a community could and want to make a positive
difference in the world. CEF's mission is to support, honour, and empower those developing
nations in order to expand educational opportunities, basic health
services, and tools for sustainable economic development. To find out
more about CEF, please visit their website at www.compassionateeye.org.
Government of Canada
The Canadian High Commission of Zambia has provided funding to purchase
textbooks for Twitti School, and bookcases in which to store
them. The pupils and teachers are benefiting greatly from these
locally approved and acquired textbooks.
Colin B. Glassco Foundation of Calgary provided the funds for drilling the borehole well and storage
tanks in September 2009. This Canadian foundation has several community
projects in Zambia.
Innovative Fitness of Vancouver has donated money from their annual fundraising event for charities for the past two years.
The Chilanga Rotary Club, together with 4 clubs from District 7810
(Canada/USA): Rotary Club of Fredericton, Sunrise Rotary Club, Sackville Rotary
Club and Presqu’ile Rotary Club have made contributions to a Matching Grant
allowing the purchase of 10 computers and a printer for Twitti School. They
have been installed in the new Library/Administration Building.
George Street Middle
School of Fredericton, NB, continued to support Twitti School in 2015
by hosting the 7th annual Twitti Book Sale.. Funds
raised were sent to the school to be used to purchase equipment for
Grade 8 Science. Also the GSMS Grade 6 Entrepreneurship
group donates their profits to pay for the school fees of a Twitti
Many other groups and individuals also
make generous donations to the project.
Issues 120 class at Simonds High
School Saint John, NB, continues to raise funds through school
activities to sponsor a child at Twitti School.
University of New Brunswick Fredericton worked with Friends For Zambia and Twitti School to
initiate an internship program. A UNB student spent the months of June and July
2014 teaching and helping at the school. A second intern from UNB will work at Twitti from August to December 2015.
the 2015 school year donors to Friends For Zambia
sponsored 31 vulnerable children who are pupils at Twitti School. Several of
these needy children have lost one or both parents due to HIV/AIDS and are living with
grandparents and other relatives who do not have the means to provide them with
an education. FFZ checks on their progress, provides photos for the sponsors
and encourages communication with them. If you are interested in helping in
this way, please contact FFZ,
using the information on the Contact Us page. The guardians have
expressed a need for help with school shoes, socks and bookbags.
Donations to assist with these items would be welcome.