Who We Are
Zamfund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to identify and award talented, hard-working, committed yet financially-needy female students in Livingstone, Zambia with a three-year scholarship to attend private secondary school. This mission is implemented on the ground in Zambia through our partnership with the Happy Africa Foundation, a Zambian non-governmental organization and U.S. and British registered charity and St. Mary's School, an all-girl private secondary school in Livingstone, Zambia.
The idea for the program was started after Sam Peisch, current president of Zamfund, Inc. worked for the Happy Africa Foundation for three months as part of its medical volunteering program in 2009-2010. Through the program, he came into contact with Lewis Choongo, headmaster at Nakatindi Community School. Recognizing the shortfalls of other sponsorship programs that focused exclusively on helping the very poor, Mr. Choongo and Mr. Peisch sought a different, more effective model: sponsor financially-needy students who also have the character and capability to succeed in secondary school and beyond. Mr. Choongo told Mr. Peisch at length about the need to sponsor women in Zambia and their tremendous untapped potential. You can read more about the history and foundation of Zamfund in the Story of Sarafina section. They discovered their passions for helping others could be developed by creating a scholarship program. After two years of planning and solidifying partnerships on the ground in Livingstone, they launched Zamfund in January, 2013.