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Home-Start Zambia is a Non Profit Organisation based in Lusaka that assists and supports parents facing the challenges of poverty, social exclusion, illness, stress, political and cultural differences and depression.

Home-Start was introduced to Zambia in October 2011 from the United Kingdom by Mellissa Joe Smith, to Martha Chileshe and Thandiwe Phiri who had the conviction that this preventive service would make a positive impact on the problems facing Zambian families and Aids orphans living in child-headed households or with grandparents.

Home-Start Zambia wishes to see a society in which vulnerable and struggling families receive the help they need to give their children the best possible start in life.  To achieve this, we would like to have a successful scheme in every major town in Zambia.

We are confident that this foundation will offer a solid foundation to offer the following services to Home-Start Schemes:

  • Basic operational, management, fundraising and financial management support
  • Training Programmes for Scheme Co-ordinators, Volunteers and Scheme support staff
  • Networking
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Programmatic support for scheme specific programme:

The Home-Start head office is currently being housed at the premises of a generous Norwegian family in Lusaka’s Northmead area.

We currently have established one scheme in Linda compound. The Linda Scheme is currently in search of an office from the council to rent or for a donation of office space from well wishers.

Kanyama Congregation in setting up a scheme in their area to which they will donate an office for the coordinator. 

Is to offer regular emotional support, friendship and practical guidance to families with young children.

Zambia Home-StartSupported 20 families impacting the lives of 68 children across Linda compound therefore directly and positively impacted families.

  • Successfully implemented the 30 hour Home-Start Preparation course in accordance with strict international standards resulting in 14 skilled volunteers; 
  • Distributed donated second-handed blankets to 10 families in dare need of beddings. 
  • Distributed our brochures to churches and other organizations and communities resulting in increased interests in Home Start.
  • Received a generous donation of toys and used clothes from the Salvation Army in Oslo which have since been sold through our office and proceeds used in staff salaries, volunteer training, and transport and office logistics.
  • The Zukas farm in Linda has donated a carpet to the Linda scheme.

We are proud of our achievements and in particular the high regard in which families hold us.

We are planning to open another scheme in Kanyama in the month of March, which we be hosted by the United Church of Zambia. This scheme will be unique in that it will address the needs of children who are physically challenged.  Kanyama Congregation in setting up a scheme in their area to which they will donate an office for the coordinator. We plan to train 20 volunteers.
Other Events include:

  • Family events with one to be held on 1st March 2013
  • Participating in national events such as International women’s day and  international day of the Child
  • Jumble sales
Martha K. Chileshe
Tel: +260 977 827 225

Thandiwe Banda
Tel: +260 977 792 297


Updated: 29th April 2013

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