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The Cherise Makubale Foundation (CMF) is a non-profit organisation that supports orphans and vulnerable children in Ndola, Zambia. It is an initiative of Cherise Makubale, the inaugural winner of Big Brother Africa reality show in 2003.  After many years of being involved in various charitable projects around Zambia, she has streamlined her foundation to just focus on Ndola and surrounding areas due to easier transparency, logistics and ease of management as this is where the main volunteer team is based.

The main focus of the Charity is educational 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 are a mobile charity and work closely on grass-root level within the community and try to find sustainable solutions to help these children.

In 2024 we are hoping to open a Community Centre/hub for after school activities so that the children and youth have a safe productive space to go to and explore their ideas.

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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