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.


Resumption of Schools After Closure

By Rachael Phiri, Grade 8 Chalo Student

After months of speculations on a new disease that had broken out in China and most of Europe, the worst happened in Zambia. We recorded our first case of the Coronavirus. Having heard experts and the ravaging impact of the disease in most parts of the world, the government closed all schools, most businesses and churches after one case was recorded in Zambia in March. Chalo Trust School, and all other private institutions followed suit and the KF office was closed too for safety reasons.

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By Emmanuel Mutambo, Grade 10 PEC IB Student

Exposure to new technologies and provision of education services has made learning more efficient, this includes virtual learning although it has its own challenges. Online learning introduced me to various educational platforms such as Zoom, Google class and many more. It was fun and interesting learning virtually. With the provision of smartphones and data bundles by KF, I had an opportunity to take part in online classes and YouTube tutorials.

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YYGS Virtual Conference

By Osward Mutale, Grade 11. Chalo Student

Seasons come and go but memories and impact last forever. There has never been an exciting yet life-changing experience as the Yale Young Global Scholars virtual conference (YYGS connect). The program was much fun and more animated than I ever imagined any virtual program would be. Thanks to the KF staff and the YYGS team for making it such a successful and productive program for me.

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The Stanford Virtual Conference

By William Changa, Grade 11, Chalo Student

The Stanford online admissions session was a stunning event. I had an opportunity of participating in it to learn more about admissions.

Stanford is a liberal arts university and is academically intensive. I was inspired by the fact that Stanford gives grants to international students and not loans. This helps the university bring diverse minds together and helps resolve global challenges such as racism and injustice. I feel that Stanford has helped a lot of students from the global community. Despite the fact that the university mainly centers on academics, it still has its sports strings and ties. Stanford prides itself for producing excellent members of society and great leaders.

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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… 13 years later, I am a graduate of EARTH University in Costa Rica. KF is indeed hope for the hopeless and a light for those whose dreams may be faint. I am now working in Costa Rica and 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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