Funsani Home was founded on 31st December 2002 in Kitwe, Zambia, as an orphanage for children who had lost their parents to HIV. The home has since supported and cared for 15 children, who have grown up and lived there on a full time basis. Often times, there is space at the Home for up to three additional children who are placed there on a short term basis by social services.
Funsani Home provides children with a stable environment to learn, grow and play. More recently, during the spring/summer of 2020, it has provided a place for our youngsters who would have been at university to live through lockdown in a safe and cared for place, due to COVID-19.
There is a clear mother and father figure and the youngsters consider themselves brothers and sisters. The tight-knit family feel has allowed the children to thrive despite the often tragic circumstances which led to them entering the home.
There are many ways to support Funsani Home and opportunities to visit the Home. Find out more here.
PROGRAMMES & PROJECTS.
Since 2005, Funsani has grown significantly, having established links with other projects and groups in Zambia. We have extended our outreach by teaming up with Maanu Mbwami School in Livingstone.
We have also been able to extend our impact in the community over the years, by partnering with like-minded organisations.
Here we share with you some highlights of each project:
FUNDING UNIVERSITY FEES
The three oldest children in Funsani Home recently graduated from secondary school and are currently studying towards university degrees, something that may have been unthinkable when they entered the home as young children.
Funsani has continued to support the children as they pursue their university studies, as we believe high-quality education is vital to escaping the poverty trap. In this way we hope the children will be able to make a positive impact on Zambian society and be in a position to help other vulnerable and disadvantaged children as they grow up.
HOW YOU CAN HELP.
We're a charity and we rely on donations. We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who supports us financially and we want you to feel confident that we’re spending your money wisely.Thanks to your support we’ve been able to fund and support numerous projects since 2002.
A little goes a long way and thanks to your support, everyone at Funsani Home is well-fed, wears good quality clothes which have mostly been donated by people in the United Kingdom, and have access to books, board games, and television. Everything used in the home is bought in bulk, including food, toiletries, and other essentials. No one at the home worries where their next meal is coming from, which allows them to concentrate on their schoolwork and enjoy their youth.
We use your donations to continue to support our youngsters as they pursue their further education by funding their university studies. We believe high-quality education is vital to escaping the poverty cycle to live a healthy, productive life. We hope the children raised at Funsani Home will be able to make a positive impact on Zambian society and be in a position to help other vulnerable and disadvantaged children as they grow up.
In addition, money donated by our supporters allows us to fund and support various projects in the wider community that help those affected by HIV.
HIV is still prevalent throughout Zambia, with 1.2m people (11.3%) living with HIV (UNAIDS, 2018), and there are more children needing proper education, support and care, so there is still more work to be done. Become a Friend of Funsani and offer your help! We collect books, clothes, toys and medical supplies as well as monetary donations. We encourage visits to Funsani Home where you will gain firsthand experience of our work and meet the incredible people there.
Whatever your strengths, share them with us and let us make this world a better place.