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. 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.


What does Education USA look like? 

By Leah Mtindya, Grade 12 Chalo Student

Education USA is a program that works with different students and assists them on how they can study in the USA. It is such an informative program and during the program you learn so many things. This year, I had a chance to apply and I was accepted. I was thrilled and was so anxious to get into the real stuff.

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My Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) Experience 

By Blessings Chileshe, Grade 12 Pestalozzi Student

I took part in Yale Young Global Scholars from the 21st to the 30th of July although it was virtual due to Covid-19. I was in the third session and our motto was “Innovations in Science and Technology.” This was my third time attending a program virtually and I expected it to be as boring as the other programs, but to my surprise, it turned out to be the opposite.

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Meeting with my Mentor

By Faith Chompwe, Grade 8 Pestalozzi Student

In the first week after Term One ended, I was informed that I was going to meet my mentor. At first, I was a bit nervous because I had never had a mentor before and this was going to be my first time.

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The Rise Applications

By Abraham Tembo, Grade 10 Chalo Student

In 2019, Schmidt Futures co-founders Eric and Wendy Schmidt made a USD 1 billion philanthropic commitment to identify and support global talent. Therefore, Rise is an initiative of the Schmidt Futures, and the Rhodes Trust is the anchor program of that commitment.

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Please join us and help create a future for Zambian boys and girls. DONATE TO KF!

“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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