SOCH ('Serenje Orphans Childrens Home') was founded in 2004 by Alouis Mwansa (former Headmaster of Serenje Technical School) and Kevin Gilbert (Australian teacher volunteer) to care for vulnerable orphaned children, it is managed by Angus Kamandete Chuma under a local Board of Governors. Residing at SOCH are 24 children of Primary School age. Children leaving SOCH are supported in their High School education. New sustainability projects at SOCH (i.e. SOCH Inn and SOCH Maize Mill) provide about 20% of annual running costs.
THE RUNNING COSTS OF THE SOCH ORPHANAGE
The SOCH orphanage cares for 24 children who live on the site during the school term. During holidays, these children return to their legal guardians. Older orphans who have left the orphanage continue to be supported in their secondary education at boarding schools and local high schools through provision of their fees and school uniforms. A few older orphans who have dropped out of schooling are now being trained in carpentry skills. An annual budget is set by the founder of SOCH, Kevin Gilbert in collaboration with Angus Kamandete Chuma (SOCH Managing Director) and John Talbot (ZOA) and Philip Shaw (SOA). Presently, an amount of about US$40,000 is needed each year to meet the running costs of SOCH. This amount is met through our school charities ZOA and SOA, sustainability projects at SOCH, and donations from the general public.
ZOA ('Zambian Orphans Appeal') is the main school charity of St George's British International School in Rome, Italy. Established in 2005 by Kevin Gilbert (then, a teacher at the school) as a means to support SOCH through the provision of funds for construction of buildings and annual running costs. The ZOA Teacher Coordinator is John Talbot. A ZOA student committee is elected each year and provides leadership across the campus for the annual fund-raising initiatives. Every 2 years, there is a student trip to Zambia where participants get to know the SOCH children and work at various projects identified by the SOCH leadership. ZOA provides 40% of the annual running costs of SOCH. Here is a link to the St George website
SOA ('Serenje Orphans Appeal') is one of the school charities of Collège du Léman, Geneva, Switzerland. Established in 2009 by Kevin Gilbert (who was then a teacher at the school), SOA now also provides 40% of the annual running costs of SOCH and has been heavily involved in the SOCH Inn and Maize Mill sustainability projects..The Teacher Coordinator of SOA, Philip Shaw, works with SOA High School students to raise funds and awareness within the Collège du Léman community. Every 2 years, there is also a student trip to Zambia, very similar to the ZOA one. Here is a link to the Collège du Léman website
SOA ('Serenje Orphans Appeal') is officially registered in the UK as a charity (Number 1127234). This allows SOA to use charity websites like JustGiving when raising funds. The SOA charity trustees are volunteers, chaired by Ms Mary Shearer, herself a former UK teacher volunteer in Serenje.
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- ALL FUNDS ARE FULLY ACCOUNTED FOR AND GO DIRECTLY TO THE RECIPIENT ORPHANAGE -
EVERY US$60 IS ENOUGH TO SUPPORT 1 CHILD FOR A MONTH
YOU MAY WISH TO HELP ONE OF THE CHILDREN TO ATTEND A LOCAL COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY BY SPONSORING THEIR FEES, WHICH ARE ABOUT US$1,200 PER YEAR (THIS INCLUDES THE BOARDING COST). HERE IS THE LINK: Donate for tertiary fees
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