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.

Our Mission
The 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.

The Future
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

Simon Alexander 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 

From 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 school lunches.

We welcome donations. Please send to:

Friends for Zambia Society c/o Shelley O’Callaghan
3775 Edgemont Boulevard
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.
CEF 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.

Rotary International

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.

School Partners
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 pupil.

Many other groups and individuals also make generous donations to the project.

The World Issues 120 class at Simonds High School Saint John, NB, continues to raise funds through school activities to sponsor a child at Twitti School.

The 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.

For 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.

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