Kucetekela Foundation:
Developing leaders and building hope in Zambia.

Who We Are

Founded in 2006, Kucetekela Foundation (KF) is a non-profit organization that provides academically promising but financially disadvantaged Zambian boys and girls with comprehensive scholarships that fund an excellent education at a private secondary school.

KF scholarships cover more than tuition. KF’s philosophy is that a holistic approach is needed to maximize chances of success. In addition to an excellent education, we provide our students with one-on-one mentoring, community service, internships, counseling and support to attend university.

Our Mission

Kucetekela Foundation identifies and offers continuing support to promising young disadvantaged Zambian men and women to develop educated, effective, and altruistic leadership for Zambia’s future.

Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.

– Nelson Mandela

The Need

Almost all children in Zambia attend primary school, but less than half attend secondary school, and of these less than a quarter complete it. Unlike primary school, students must pay to attend secondary school. Zambia is a country of devastatingly widespread poverty.

50% of the Zambian population is under 16 years of age. Therefore, if this glimmer of hope is not cultivated, the future of Zambia will be bleak.

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Our program boasts a 98% graduation rate for KF scholars, in a nation where less than 10% graduate from secondary school.


Featured Students

William Changa

Grade 9, Chalo Trust School

William stated that the reason he wants the KF scholarship is not to help himself, but to be able to help others in his community. William is very set on becoming a primary or secondary school teacher. When asked if he would like to teach at university level, he thoughtfully answered, “No, because there are no universities in my area, so I wouldn’t be helping those in my community.” Needless to say, service is a core attribute of William, and one that KF staff found most impressive.

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Emmanuel Chanda

Grade 10, Pestalozzi Education Centre

Emmanuel Chanda broke a KF and a Pestalozzi record, scoring 545 out of a possible 600 points on his Grade 9 National Exams. Emmanuel passed in the first position in his entire grade by a margin of over fifty points.

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Harriet Mwanza

Grade 11, Pestalozzi Education Centre

Harriet was accepted and fully sponsored to participate in the WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Malawi August 2017, which brought together high school girls from the African continent and the US to work together to enhance their STEAM skills, craft their leadership potential, and build camaraderie and networks. After the STEAM Camp, Harriet was awarded a grant to begin a club for women’s empowerment in STEAM at her school. Through the club, she has begun to teach other young women about getting involved in STEAM and hopes to spread the lessons of the club to other local secondary schools, as well.

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Cararise Lubamba

Grade 12, Chalo Trust School

Cararise traveled to the U.S. for the Yale Young Global Scholars conference, where shey attended seminars on various topics and networked with young thinkers from around the globe. Cararise was named Head Girl for the 2018 academic year.

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Please join us and help create a future for Zambian boys and girls.

“My life as a child who grew up with my aunt as my mother could not afford my school expenses as well as those of my two siblings was more like a very dark room, I could not see any further than where I was at that time. I knew I had a certain fire within me but it was impossible to see myself in any university due to high costs of tertiary education.

So when Kucetekela Foundation came into our lives as a family, the dark room within me just lightened up and became a reality… 10 years later, I am in my third year of study at EARTH University in Costa Rica. KF is indeed hope for the hopeless and a light for those whose dreams may be faint. After graduating in December 2019, I hope to do a Master’s Programme in Plant Pathology or Soil Science as these fields are cardinal for the future of  Agriculture as I intend to transmit this knowledge back to Zambia.”

—  Joseph Chonza, KF Class of 2013

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