We are very excited to announce that Grammy nominated Sophie B. Hawkins is our first celebrity “spokesperson”. Sophie will talk about ZCF whenever she can at appearances, concerts, etc. She has already posted on her Facebook page a thank you for our gifts of beaded jewelry. Sophie is currently in a one woman show about Janis Joplin. In addition, Sophie will be touring to promote her newly released CD “The Crossing”. Sophie also contributed the song “A Child” for our benefit CD now in pre-production. Finally, Sophie is very interested in getting together with Zambian musicians to produce an EP of music as a future fundraiser.

We look forward to working with Sophie who shares our concerns, beliefs, and hopes for the children of Zambia.You can learn more about Sophie at

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Save A Child For The Holidays…

Saving the life of a child is the greatest gift you can give. Make your gift count this Holiday Season by providing orphans with the tools they need to break the cycle of extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS in Zambia.

Let your friends and family know that this year you are setting aside material desires and instead truly focusing on those less fortunate. We can provide you with brochures to mail, an email template, or an online greeting card to let your friends and family know that you are a dedicated ZCF supporter!

When a donation is made in someone’s name they will receive a card letting them know of the generosity of the giver. Contact us today to learn more!

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Thoughts from Zambia by Victor, a ZCF Board Member and native Zambian


This may be the first time you are hearing directly from a Zambian. Thank you so much for your interest and care for children thousands of miles away, children that you have never seen and may never see. In your caring, you have touched  them more than you can ever imagine, you are planting seeds of compassion. I went to Zambia for my mother’s funeral and wanted to visit the orphanage again, which I had  first visited in 2008.

You will be happy and proud to know that when I passed unannounced by the orphanage in Zambia this past May, I was met by happy noises. I could hear the happy sounds of children as they seamlessly moved in and out of the dining hall. These beautiful noises are a testament of how your generosity is bearing fruit and how much we need you not to give up on these beautiful noises.VIDEO LINK FROM VICTOR’S TRIP:

Let me tell you what makes this orphanage special, it does not feel or look like an orphanage, it feels like a real home and the children have 3 meals a day. As a Zambian, I want this to stand as an example of how to best take care of orphans, to succeed as a shining example. It has caught the eye of The Ministry of Community Development and Social Services; they take people to the orphanage to show them a success story. In reality, this is your success story. Please, take a moment to compile a list of your friends and ask them on behalf of these children for a helping hand. Call ZCF for extra brochures. It takes a global village to make beautiful noises last. VIDEO LINK FROM VICTOR’S TRIP:

It was twilight when I left the orphanage, 9 kids had organized a soccer game and were really having fun though their ball was falling to pieces. As a new member of the ZCF Board I was able to look at things from a fresh perspective. Two houses that had been under construction in 2008 were now operational and the school had added a wing with more classrooms including a library and a media center. There were more fruit trees and also more plants and shrubs around the homes that made a very beautiful sight. I later had lunch with the teachers and I asked for feedback and ideas. I promised them I would do my best to act as a bridge between the two cultures. As Kathe prepares to retire, we are in a very challenging transition and we need your help more than ever to ensure the successful continuation of this wonderful orphanage. I look forward to seeing the fruits of your support and the new children who come to be helped by your generous contributions.

Many, many thanks, Victor Simwala Board Member

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Saturday, October 27, 2012 the Zambian Children’s Fund will host “Make a Difference Day” at 122 North Craycroft from  9:00  until  3:00.


Please bring gently used children’s clothing (we take new items too!), shoes, school supplies, books for all ages, fabric and sewing supplies.

We will sort, pack and box items so they will be ready to put into a shipping container to send to Zambia.  Experienced packers will be available to train new volunteers.  For more info contact us at: or 323-2504.

Please bring donations between 9:00 and 2:00, to Building 4 at 122 N. Craycroft.  We hope to be able to finish sorting and boxing everything by 3:00.

Most of the children living or going to school at the Chishawasha Children’s Home are between the ages of 6 and 16 and we will have lots of photos of the children and Chishawasha campus.

So come and enjoy a day helping others and working with children and adults from Tucson and MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

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In 2013 we will begin sending our Newsletter by e-mail to save money. Please
send us an e-mail ( stating your wish to receive the newsletter by e-mail.

You can also go to our website (www.zambianchildrensfund.
org) and select the “Sign Up For Newsletter” link. Be sure to note
in the Comments box that you wish to receive the newsletter by e-mail and
complete the name and address boxes to ensure we have the correct information in our database for you. If you do not have access to e-mail we will continue to mail you a paper copy.

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Transitions: Important New Chapter for Zambian Children’s Fund

Kathe Padilla, our founder and Executive Director, has decided that she would like to retire soon. We are now in a time of transition. Kathe will continue as Executive Director of ZCF and the Board of Directors will be overseeing everything in the US and in Zambia as we prepare the search process to hire a new Director.

Through her hard work and visionary skills, Kathe created an amazingly successful and beautiful orphanage and school to help the children in Zambia. We are so grateful to the staff at Chishawasha Children’s Home, The Glassco Foundation of Canada, and you, our
faithful donors, who have made this possible over the last 12 years.

The Chishawasha campus now supports 150 beautiful children and is growing…there will be many more children in the future whose lives depend on us. It will take all of us working together to be able to write the next chapter for Chishawasha.

We need to raise twice the money as we have in the past, as well as to enlarge and develop our Board of Directors. We also need to make more people aware of this important work to help these children.

We are working with an advisor from SCORE which is a national organization of retired business people who work with small businesses and nonprofits.

We have been accepted by SCNO at The University of Arizona, a group at the Eller School of Business that selects one non-profit a semester to work with and advise.

We need you to tell your friends and help us spread the word about The Zambian Children’s Fund and the Chishawasha Children’s Home. We need you to locate groups in your area, or form your own group where Kathe can speak. We need you to help us raise money, create and execute fundraising ideas in your area, and/or find funding sources. If you have contacts with individuals, large organizations or Foundations that
could help, please let us know. You can also help by sponsoring a child.

We will support your efforts in any way we can. Just contact me for support and materials:
or the ZCF office:

Thank you so much for your support through the years.
Barbara Goldschmid
President of The Board of Directors

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ZCF has a chance to win grant money through Chase: Please Vote for the Zambian Children’s Fund 9/6-9/19

Please Vote for ZCF to help win grant money from the Chase Community Giving Program to raise and educate orphans in Zambia!

ZCF, along with thousands of other charities, has been chosen to compete in the Chase Community Giving Program.  Chase will divide $5,000,000 between the 196 Charities who receive the most votes. Chase customers with a Chase online account and Facebook users can vote for their favorite charity from Thursday, September 6, 2012 through Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

How Can You Vote?

Chase Customers with a Chase online account will receive two (2) votes on  Each vote on must be cast for a different Eligible Nominated Charity.

Facebook ( users who allow “Access” to the Chase Community Giving application will receive two (2) votes on the Chase Community Giving application on Facebook. Each vote must be cast for a different Eligible Nominated Charity. You can receive “bonus” votes if you share the link with a friend on Facebook and they vote as well.

Note: If you have both an online Chase account and a Facebook account, you can vote for ZCF through both to increase your impact!

This is not only a great opportunity for ZCF to receive much needed funds to support the Chishawasha Children’s Home, but also a much needed platform to gain national attention that will highlight the impacts ZCF is having on children’s lives in Zambia.


The 196 Eligible Nominated Charities who receive the most votes will receive a grant as described below. The grant recipients will be announced on or about September 20, 2012.

The Voting Period begins on September 6, 2012 at 12:00:01 a.m. ET and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on September 19, 2012.

There are two (2) ways to vote:

1.) During the Voting Period, Chase customers will automatically receive two (2) votes to cast during the Voting Period by visiting and following the directions. Chase customers may also cast votes on Facebook as defined below. Voters on can only cast one (1) Standard vote per charity.

2.) Facebook: During the Voting Period Facebook Users on the Facebook Chase Community Giving application will automatically receive two (2) votes to cast during the Voting Period on the Chase Community Giving application found at A Facebook user can only cast one (1) Standard Facebook Vote per charity. A Facebook user can earn one (1) bonus vote by allowing “Access” and sharing any content from the Chase Community Giving application to his/her Facebook newsfeed or timeline. If one of the Facebook users’ Facebook Friends links back to the Chase Community Giving Application and casts a vote, the original Facebook user will earn one (1) bonus vote. The bonus vote earned by the original Facebook user can only be cast once he/she has cast his/her two (2) Standard Facebook Votes. Voters must return to his/her Facebook page to find out whether he/she has earned a bonus vote as it will be displayed both in the header as well as in the “apps and games” link. There is a limit of one (1) bonus vote earned per Voter.

Voters who vote at and Facebook have the potential of voting a minimum of four (4) times and a maximum of five (5) times. A Voter who is a Chase customer may be able to vote for the same Charity three (3) times, one (1) vote on, one (1) vote on Facebook and one (1) bonus vote on Facebook if all requirements are met to earn that bonus vote as outlined above.


Chase will donate the $5,000,000 to the 196 Eligible Nominated Charities who receive the most votes as follows:

  • $250,000 to the Charity receiving the most votes;
  • $100,000 to the next ten runner’s-up Charity;
  • $50,000 to the next thirty-five runner’s-up Charity;
  • $20,000 to the next fifty runner’s-up Charities;
  • $10,000 to the next one-hundred runner’s-up Charities;
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