Arise began in 1998 under the name Kaniki Orphans Project. It was founded by a Danish doctor, Mrs Birthe Linde, who wile working in Zambia was daily confronted with the needs of the local people. Many children had lost one or both parents due to the AIDS pandemic and went to live with other relatives. However, poverty made it difficult for these widows or often ageing grandparents to provide for the large number of children in their care so Mrs Linde began raising funds to assist the poorest guardians with school fees and school uniforms. Over the years the project has supported hundreds of worthy cases, with the main aim being to support families in taking care of the orphans. The project was committed to the education of the children they support and has been in close communication with Kaniki Primary School where the majority of orphans attend. In 2000-2001, we assisted Kaniki Primary School to expand and open grades 8 & 9. As the school has not been extended with grades 10-12, the project has tried to assist as many as possible to continue their education in Ndola town, by providing transport or rent for some students.
In 2015 KOP went through a transition period, with the aim of refocusing and becoming more effective. KOP became the Arise project with the vision to empower orphans, vulnerable children and the guardians.
Thanks to the support of generous individuals, we have enabled hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children to attend school and gain a valuable education. Our Arise scholarship project is enabling some of our students to continue their education in college, training in many different fields including health, education and engineering. If you would like an opportunity to change a vulnerable child's future, click here.
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