By Nation Reporter
A NON-GOVERNMENTAL organisation in the United Kingdom says it is committed to assist the orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia for them to attain good education.
Cecily’s Fund founder Basil Eastwood said education was a pillar in everyone’s life especially the vulnerable children who did not have proper access to education to enhance their social and career life.
Cecily’s Fund is an international development organisation and a registered charity.
Mr Eastwood said the main objective of the charity was to have its footprints in Zambia so that it could work and support the orphans and less privileged children particularly in Kitwe to enable them gain a decent education despite their circumstances.
He said once the orphans and vulnerable children were educated, they would be able to reach their true potential in their lives and have a better future.
Mr Eastwood said it was important to assist the children in preparing them for life beyond school after attaining a good education and in return they would contribute positively to the welfare of the country.
He said the organisation had a passion and believed in education because it was the only way to transform the lives of the vulnerable into responsible citizens and national assets.
Mr Eastwood said he was delighted that the Cecily’s Fund in Zambia has had success stories over the years because a lot of vulnerable children sponsored by the charity to pursue their education at various levels had benefited in a positive way.
He said the orphans and vulnerable children should not lose hope or give up in life because with determination they could achieve their dreams if they worked hard at school.
The Cecily’s Fund of board of directors from the UK were in Kitwe and conducted motivational talks for the orphans and vulnerable and a familiarisation visit and assessment of impact of the Cecily’s Fund to the beneficiaries.
Afya Mzuri, in partnership with Copperbelt Health Education Project (CHEP), hosted the board of directors in commemoration of the project’s achievements.
And Cecily’s Fund Alumni patron Dr Sixtus Mulenga said the Cecily’s Fund had enabled some children from the less privileged background to be educated defying all odds.
Dr Mulenga said he was pleased with the good gesture of the Cecily’s Fund board of directors and their partners in Europe for raising funds for a noble cause to educate the orphans and vulnerable children in different townships of Kitwe.
He said Cecily’s Fund had made history in Zambia because one of its beneficiaries had obtained a degree from the Copperbelt University.
The charity was founded in 1998 in memory of Cecily Eastwood who died in a road accident in Zambia while working with a local organisation supporting orphans and vulnerable children.
Cecily’s Fund had affiliated organisations based in Switzerland called Swiss Friends of Cecily’s Fund and in the United States of America which was known as American Friends of Cecily’s Fund.