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Lusaka, Zambia

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Sandymount Matero
Friendship Programme

12th Year Supporting Matero

Celebrating its twelfth anniversary this year, the Sandymount Matero Friendship Programme (SMFP) has enabled the Sandymount Community and friends to respond to a humanitarian tragedy in an extremely disadvantaged community in Matero, a suburb of Lusaka, Zambia.  Predictably, the greatest victims are mostly orphans and vulnerable children. 

From a modest start the Programme, entirely funded by donations from the Sandymount Community, now supports:

A daily feeding programme for 570 primary school children

Teachers salaries
Matero Primary School

School books and equipment

Scholarships to assist 25 children to go on to Secondary Education

Over the past 12 years Matero Primary School has evolved from 50-70 pupils being taught in open concrete shelters, to purpose built classrooms accommodating over 600 pupils on a 2 shift basis. All pupils are provided with a wholesome meal each school day which is a major inducement to attend school.

Matero is a very poor part of Lusaka and life there is characterized by:

  • Abject poverty and Hunger
  • Poor housing and sanitation
  • AIDS and other life threatening illnesses
  • Low life expectancy

The SMFP initiative is providing education and hope for some very deprived children.  However, as the Programme has helped the school grow, soon to surpass 600 pupils, it must now expand its fund raising to sustain its primary objective of maintaining the feeding programme for all  the children at the school.

Volunteer Teacher in original Matero Classroom

Progress in 2022 - Thanks to the water bore hole, funded by SMFP, we are coping during this pandemic.

Photo Gallery

Matero School 2009

Matero School 2021

How you can spend
your money monthly

For 2021 we need to raise almost €30,000 to fund the Friendship Programme, including feeding 600 pupils, paying 3 of the teachers, book funding and providing 25 secondary school scholarships. 

In Matero You can spend In Sandymount
Buys school books for a pupil for a year €0.50 monthly Buys 30 mins street parking
Feeds a pupil for one month €4.50 monthly Buys 2 copies of the Irish Times
Funds a secondary school scholarship for a full year €5.00 monthly Buys one coffee and a scone 
Pays one teacher in Matero for a month €120.00 monthly Buys dinner for 4

Smaller, affordable and sustainable donations

A feeding and educational support Programme, by definition, is a continuous challenge.  As such, it would be optimal if financial support could reflect this challenge.

The SMFP is most grateful for all donations.  However, smaller, affordable and sustainable donations, typically on a monthly basis, are the backbone to the Programme’s success.  They provide reassurance for better planning and reasonable commitments.   While often not donors preferred method we would, respectfully, ask if you might consider this approach for Matero. 

Thank you sincerely!

how you can help

All funds raised by SMFP are administered and transferred to Zambia by the Jesuit Mission Office in Dublin  – CHY Number 19577 and Charities Regulation Number 20076979. The accounts of the Jesuit Mission Office are independently audited annually.

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Matero School Children in 2019
School Meals provided since 2009
Scholarships Sponsored in 2019