The Trust’s sports equipment project was launched in 1999 to provide footballs and netballs to Zambian schoolchildren to promote health and wellbeing and for them to enjoy the sport itself.
Initially the project concentrated on donating to secondary schools, with 50 schools each year receiving both footballs and netballs. More recently we provided balls additionally to primary and community schools. Since 2013 the Trust has donated only to community schools that are short of facilities for sport, especially in rural areas.
Zambia Open Community Schools (ZOCS) has its headquarters in Lusaka and it distributes balls to its schools at its discretion. Following the 2014 allocation, the ZOCS Director wrote to the Trust, saying: “We greatly appreciate your support to our efforts of bettering the lives of orphans and children with disabilities. The netballs and footballs that you have donated are helping the children in staying active through sport, fun and play.”
We work in partnership with Alive and Kicking, an African social enterprise that manufactures high quality, durable footballs, netballs and volleyballs, and creates ethical employment for communities. The Trust’s donated funds are sent by Alive and Kicking’s London office directly to its factory in Lusaka. Then ZOCS collects the balls once they are manufactured.
We have the assistance of Whiteson Chenge in Lusaka, a businessman who has assisted the Trust with our projects for many years, especially the footballs and netballs project.