Who We Are
Since children were not being educated, she decided to start a small school for a few children in her home. She expected less than 20 children to show interest, but, when she opened her doors for the first day of school, nearly 60 children were waiting for her! These children were orphans or from very poor families, so, hearing the pleas of their guardians, she took all of the children in. On that day, with only US $10 (50,000 Kwacha) to fund the project, Fountain of Life was born!
On each school day in her home-based school, Princess provided basic education and one meal for the children in her care. Soon, the community joined her efforts and helped to support a school. Five years later, Fountain of Life moved to Kitwe, where nearly 1,000 children were supported with school supplies and food programs.
In 2010, Princess felt the call to dream bigger. With 60% of Zambians living in rural areas and a gross lack of governmental funding in social welfare, Princess knew that many of the citizens of her country were going without. The government was investing in cities and the larger NGOs were reaching mostly those in the cities and peri-urban areas. Princess knew that she needed to focus specifically on the plight of children and communities in rural Zambia. She embarked on a campaign to raise US$50,000 for Shampande Primary School, which is located in the Chibombo district, the ancestral home of her father.
This resulted in the co-founding of the US entity of Fountain of Life Africa (FOLA) with Mark Seymour, a corporate technology VP who grew up in Zambia as a young child, registering of FOLA as a US 501(c)3 non-profit in 2009. With Mark as Executive Director and Chair of the Board, the first FOL funded school block (comprising three classrooms and two offices) was constructed in 2011 at Shampande. The following year a new community school project was undertaken at Mwamuyamba with two buildings (comprising five classrooms and three offices), constructed and dedicated in 2013. The needs for a rural maternity clinic has been pressing from day one and after a two-year fundraising campaign to raise $180k, a brand new, modern facility was dedicated to the community in May 2016, including the donation of almost $300k of medical equipment from a partner organization.
During this time, over a dozen boreholes (water wells with either hand-pumps or solar pumps) have been installed in the communities where Fountain of Life serves, laptops have been donated to the schools, and several student-teachers have been sponsored through teacher-training college.
The next chapter for FOLA is working with more remote communities where access to education and healthcare is even more sparse, and over 50% of school age children have no access to any form of education. The most recent project to be handed over was at Muuluka Community School in Chabembwa, in May of 2018. This will increase the current student population from 200 (attending just a couple of hours a day) to over 700 children getting a full curriculum of education. In addition, four new boreholes have been drilled throughout the district and three new school projects were recently kicked off, all will be completed before the rains start in November.