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The Cherise Makubale Foundation (CMF) is a non-profit organisation that supports orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia. It is an initiative of Cherise Makubale, the inaugural winner of the Big Brother Africa reality show in 2003.  After many years of being involved in various charitable projects, she is now living abroad and has streamlined her foundation to mainly focus on education related projects as a way of stopping the poverty cycle.

The reality is that there are millions of orphaned children in the world who deserve our help. The increasing number is as a direct result from some of the following factors:

  • Poverty

  • War and Conflict

  • HIV/Aids

  • Unwanted pregnancies

  • Maternal mortality        


Zambia has a population of over 18 million with over 1.1 million orphans who don’t have the support or family structure they need to thrive. They mainly live in granny households, scraping by on less than $2 a day. Without access to school they face a lifetime of poverty.

By supporting their basic needs and rights, we hope to unlock their potential both physically and mentally so that they become productive members of their communities and stop the dependency cycle.

We work closely on grass-root level and community based groups in order to find sustainable solutions to help these children.

We will soon open The Cherise Makubale Community Centre which will be a hub of various educational programs, projects and entrepreneurship workshops targeted at the community at large specifically for women, the Girl child and the youth.

As the Dalai Lama said... "Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them".


Every child has a right to an education no mater what background they come from.

Help us to help them.

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