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.



By Gracious Phiri, Grade 9, Pestalozzi Education Centre

Imagine walking around in streets with no litter in sight. What kind of feeling would that give you? Would there be a reduction in climate change? The thought of a clean and green environment has always piqued my interest. This is because I come from a community that is highly affected by uncontrolled non- biodegradable waste – plastics.

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By Racheal Phiri, Grade 10, Chalo Trust School

Mentorship is one of the crucial things one can have. Mostly we teenagers require guidance to make informed decisions. I am blessed with a wonderful mentor, Eunice Kashimba. She takes an interest in every area of my life and makes it colorful with fascinating activities.

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By Anthony Kunda, Grade 12, Pestalozzi Education Centre

Is art just a mere tool used for creating aesthetic work or is it more than that? During my mentorship period with Augustine, I learnt more than what people see. The beauty of art is its ability to tell stories, convey a message and most importantly depict culture from different places.

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By Abraham Tembo, Grade 11, Chalo Trust School

ZAMUN is the Zambia Model United Nations which takes place once a year and is a simulation of the actual United Nations (UN). It is a model of the United Nations practiced in every country to prepare students for a greater impact on society. Students are called upon to identify solutions to global challenges through progressive debates.

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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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