The Glassco Foundation received its charitable status in 1996. Their mandate is to seek out children’s issues in Canada and overseas, provide financial and organizational assistance as well as on site support. As the administrative expenses of the Foundation are covered by a special donation, 100% of all outside donations go directly to the children. For more information and to see their latest projects, go to:


In 2004 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, two energetic, passionate and socially conscious individuals got together and decided they wanted to do something for their African homeland. They were deeply affected by an article in the Oprah magazine about the HIV/AIDS orphan crisis in Zambia and began to ask a lot of questions about Zambia and the social conditions there. Shortly thereafter, a dynamic group of young volunteers partnered with Kathe Padilla and the Chishawasha Children’s Home of Zambia, and the Zambian Children’s Fund Canada (ZCFC) was born, with the vision to provide Zambian HIV/AIDS orphans with an opportunity for a sustainable future. In the years since, ZCFC has gained momentum and is now a family of passionate, energetic young people working together to “build a promising future for the orphaned children of Zambia.” For more detailed information and current activities, please go to:


The mission of our nine member Working Group is, with ZCF, to identify and accomplish specific goals in support of ZCF and its Chishawasha programs.  We also host Kathe Padilla or others during their visits to the Ithaca, NY area.  We meet monthly or more frequently as needed.  We take our work seriously and have fun along the way and feel we are effective in contributing to ZCF. We are rewarded by the enjoyment of working together, the amount we have learned and by being continually confronted by what we do not know.

In 2009 we will work to: 1) raise funds and support for Sam Weeks of Ithaca while he serves as a volunteer teacher at the Chishawasha School, 2) develop venues for showing the ZCF Photographic Exhibition (with Klaus Schoenwiese), 3) research and develop post secondary opportunities for Chishawasha students,  4) define and support the development of the Chishawasha School Library.  Ongoing, periodic efforts have included researching grants, writing the Ambuya newsletter and obtaining good computers through the Cornell computer Reuse Club.

Our group welcomes inquiries from anyone who would like to join our efforts or start a group of their own. Contact the Ithaca Working Group at:


The Nashville Working Group was organized in the spring of 2007 to promote the work of the Zambian Children's Fund. Nine of the 12 organizing members joined the Ambuya (honorary grandmother) project during its first year. In the almost 2 years since organizing, the working group has hosted Kathe Padilla to speak each spring in several area venues.

Other projects have included:

  • Sending soccer balls, T-shirts and knee-guards for CCHZ and guest teams.
  • Collection drives for ZCF containers: educational CDs and DVDs, books and art supplies, linens and towels, clothing and shoes, school supplies, health aids, garden and carpentry tools
  • An Ambuya working with an elementary school for a Jan. 2009 collection of health-aids (Neosporin, band-aids, etc) for Chishawasha
  • An Ambuya sent 25 copies of the Smithsonian magazine which contained the Chishawasha story and pictures by 12 CCHZ kid-photographers, so that each child could have personal copies of their work
  • Hosted a church dinner program featuring Laurel Buchi-Fotre, a Nashville college student who spent 4 months at CCHZ in spring/summer 2008

Contact the Nashville Working Group at:

  AFRICA GEMS has recently partnered with Zambian Children's Fund and Chishawasha Children's Home of Zambia in an effort to provide support for our children and our efforts in Zambia. They have pledged a percentage of all sales to be donated to ZCF and CCHZ. For more information, please go to:


Worldwide Small Change Foundation is a Tucson-based private grant-making organization located at 6000 E. Canyon Vista Road, Tucson, AZ 85739-8700. For more information, go to:


Klaus Schoenwiese came to the Chishawasha campus in 2007 to teach a dozen of our children photography. His independent workshop received support by the 'Kids with Cameras' project and was featured in the November 2007 edition of Smithsonian magazine. We are looking for venues in museums across the U.S. to host a showing of the resulting 'Point.Shoot.See!' photo exhibition. To find out about this show and see the pictures our kids took during the workshop, please follow the links below. Also see some of Klaus' photos used throughout this website and other ZCF print materials.

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A talented and seasoned fine artist and graphic designer, Eric has been instrumental in giving ZCF's communications a positive and colorful visual appeal. His help in designing and producing our Newsletter and this website, among other ZCF print materials, has been a valuable contribution toward publishing ZCF's message.

Print Design and Communications:

Fine Art – Abstract Canvases:


The World Food Programme (WFP) is the food aid branch of the United Nations, and the world's largest humanitarian agency. For more information, go to: