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 Here you will find our latest news articles, detailing the latest developments in both our fundraising activities in the UK and our programme work in Zambia. For older stories, see the archive. Have news of your own? Let us know via the contact page and it could appear here.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 12:03

We're Hiring - Senior Fundraiser

Hiring News April 27 2018

Cecily’s Fund is a small, professional international development charity which supports Zambian orphans and vulnerable children access education as a route out of poverty. We work through 3 Zambian partner NGOs who implement our programmes locally which are funded through a range of income streams comprising Trusts and Foundations, individual donors, events, schools and churches.

This exciting post offers an experienced Senior Fundraiser the chance to make a significant and vital contribution to the work of this dynamic and growing organisation. The post involves creating and implementing fundraising strategies across a number of income streams. Responsibilities include writing high quality applications to grant-making trusts and foundations, research and development of new prospects, writing reports on programme outcomes for the purpose of grant compliance and accountability to funders, whilst managing and driving forward individual giving, corporate support and school fundraising.

Cecily's Fund would consider this role in a full-time, part-time or job share capacity. For further information and a full job description, please contact us. The closing date for this role is Friday May 4th.

Thursday, 08 March 2018 12:19

IWD2018 Mar 8 2018

Today, March 8th, is International Women's Day - a special chance to celebrate the vital contributions women make to all societies, and to take a stand against the injustices that hold women back.


In Zambia, as in all societies, women have had an important historic role and continue to have an essential impact on all walks of life. However, women and girls in Zambia are harmed by significant inequalities in rights and opportunities. This is often particularly true for girls, in a society where 46% of the population is under 15 years old.

Graça Machel memorably said that "if you want to break the cycle of poverty, educate a girl." Our mission is to alleviate poverty in Zambia, and we know from our two decades' experience that a girl who is helped to enjoy her right to education can build a brighter future for herself, her family, and her community.

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For this reason, gender has always been a key consideration in the way we plan and implement our work. Together with our partners, we have run special entrepreneurship sessions for girls; used Peer Education to caution against early marriage; and supported 900 girls in Chingola to stay in school through our DREAMS programme.

There is so much to do in Zambia to achieve the goal of gender parity - the theme of this year's celebration. Girls still have lower literacy rates than boys, many girls are made to marry early, and 47% of women have experience violence in their lifetime. This International Women's Day, we re-affirm our commitment to do everything we can to help Zambia's women and girls secure a safer, more independent, and more prosperous future. We're very grateful to all of our supporters, and hope you will continue with his on this journey.

Cecily’s Fund takes very seriously the issues of child protection and accountability. We work in Zambia, where many children and young people are vulnerable – for this reason, it is all the more important for us to have in place robust procedures to protect the individuals and communities with which we work.

We have an extensive child protection policy which sets out the duties of our staff, our partner staff, volunteers, trustees, and consultants. It also contains a code of conduct, communications guidelines, and a formal plan for reporting suspected abuse to the appropriate authorities.

Each of our Zambia-based partners has their own policies in place in accordance with their duty of care. Additionally, Cecily’s Fund is a member of Keeping Children Safe, a global network of 77 organisations committed to protecting the world’s most vulnerable children from exploitation and abuse.

Cecily’s Fund believes that it is essential that we are accountable and transparent both to the communities we serve and the donors who make these interventions possible.

We continue to review and apply our child protection and accountability procedures both in the UK and in Zambia, to ensure that we live up to our belief in respect and dignity for all.

Monday, 12 February 2018 14:49

New Year Newsletter News Feb 12

Cecily's Fund will publish four newsletters in 2018; and the first is now available. Download our New Year issue or read it on Issuu to keep up with all our latest news.


Our latest newsletter has no less than three exciting features fresh from Zambia. These include a piece on supporter Alastair Ramsay, who visited Zambia in December and shares his thoughts (and photos) on the inspiring work of our partners BISO. Also in the newsletter:

  • An interview with Cecily's Fund alumnus Melissa about her brighter future after education
  • An interview with Roy Mwilu, Executive Director of our partners CHEP
  • An update on our Christmas Challenge 2017, including the final total raised
  • A story on the impact of our exciting DREAMS programme in Chingola
  • "Spirit of Adventure: a look at some of the amazing sponsored events available in 2018

We hope you enjoy the newsletter! Look out for additional issues in May, September and October and be sure to contact us with any comments or queries.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 14:42

 Bedales School News Nov 29 v2

Left: Cecily's Fund co-founder Basil presents Colin Baty, headteacher of Bedales Prep, Dunhurst with a certificate marking the £476 raised by the "Dunhurst Dash". Right: Basil presents a certificate marking the £3,970 raised by over 40 Bedales School participants in the Great South Run.

Three recent events involving Bedales Schools have raised fantastic totals for Cecily's Fund.

In October, over 40 runners associated with Bedales School took part in the Great South Run. Their efforts raised a fantastic £3,970 for Cecily's Fund. At the annual St. Cecilia's Day concert at the school, our co-founder Basil presented three of the youngest runners with a special certificate marking their efforts. The concert itself raised £806, another brilliant sum. In total, Bedales School's fundraising efforts have made £4,776 for Cecily's Fund in October and November.


While Basil was at the Cecilia concert, he was also able to present a certificate to Colin Baty, the headteacher of Bedales Prep, Dunhurst. Through their "Dunhurst Dash" event, the pupils of Dunhurst raised £476 for Cecily's Fund.

Cecily attended Bedales School before she went to Zambia on her gap year in 1997. Cecily's Fund is hugely grateful to all the fundraising done by all of the Bedales Schools in 2017, and across our 20-year history.


The Cecily's Fund Christmas Challenge 2017, with a theme of "Life After School", runs from December 1st to 14th. With your help we can raise £20,000 and continue to help young Zambians build better futures for themselves in 2018.

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 12:19

Xmas Newsletter News Nov 8

Our Christmas newsletter is now available to download! Our final issue of the year features the launch of our Christmas Challenge, a recap of this year's Cecily's Day, and much more.


Featuring a brand-new layout, our final newsletter of 2017 summarises what has been another busy year for Cecily's Fund. The key story is the upcoming launch of this year's Christmas Challenge: between December 1st and 14th, we're aiming to once again raise £20,000 to support our work into 2018 and beyond. The theme is "Life After School", and we will be sharing just some of the ways that our work is helping to prepare children in Zambia to live healthy, self-sufficient lives after they've completed their education. Look out for lots more news on the Challenge in coming weeks.

Also in the newsletter:

  • A concise recap of Cecily's Day 2017, at which we celebrated our 20th anniversary
  • A tribute to our 2017 fundraisers, including those who took part in Swim Serpentine, the London 10K, and the Zam Challenge
  • An interview with young "star baker" Lucy Chambers, whose bake sales raised hundreds for Cecily's Fund
  • All the details of the great products available in our online shop this Christmas

The Christmas newsletter may be viewed online here, and is also available to read on Issuu.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 10:47

Bedales GSR News Oct 17

This Sunday, October 22, over 40 runners with connections to Bedales School in Hampshire will take part in the 2017 Great South Run - raising money for Cecily's Fund and the John Badley Foundation.

Because Cecily attended Bedales, we have had a long association with the school. As our founders Alison and Basil Eastwood have said:

"Cecily loved her time at Bedales (1991-96) - and Bedales loved her. We are delighted that a team from Bedales is doing the Great South Run for Cecily’s Fund."

This year, to mark the 20th anniversary of Cecily's Fund we have been chosen as one of two charities to receive funds from Bedales' participation in the Great South Run. Taking place in Portsmouth, the Great South Run is one of the biggest mass-participation running events in the UK and has a route length of ten miles.

So far a fantastic total of over £4,100 has been raised via Pledgit. Of this sum, half will go to Cecily's Fund and half will go to the John Badley Foundation. To add your own donation, visit Pledgit today. Cecily's Fund thanks all the many runners taking part and hopes they have a fantastic day!

 

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 10:49

Cecily's Day Recap News

On September 2, 2017 over 100 of our supporters gathered at St. Mary's Church in Witney for Cecily's Day. With special guests in attendance, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of Cecily's Fund and the huge impact we've made together in Zambia since 1997.


Cecily's Day 2017 was special for a number of reasons. For the first time the event took place in Witney, where our office is located. The beautiful St. Mary's Church is just a few minutes' walk from the office and a superb venue. We had the company of guests from around the world, many with a deep connection to the Eastwood family. In addition to our usual roster of speakers, we had a moving communion service, a fantastic choir singing Zambian songs, and the launch of the first-ever Cecily's Fund Supporters' Cookbook.

Communion Service of Thanksgiving

The first part of Cecily's Day was a special communion service of thanksgiving, for which the celebrant was Rob Eastwood Dewing and the server was Charlotte Oakeshott. Readings were given by former Chair William Powlett Smith and former trustee John Fox, while prayers of intercession were led by Cecily's sister Verity.

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Inspiring Speakers

We were honoured to be joined at Cecily's Day by a number of notable guests:

  • Sister Theresa Stapleton joined us from Ireland and spoke about the founding of Children in Distress (CINDI), the organisation with which Cecily volunteered while in Zambia and which the Fund began by supporting. [Read Sister Theresa's speech]
  • Patron Sixtus Mulenga and his wife Rebecca visited from Zambia. Sixtus spoke about some young people supported by Cecily's Fund who have become successful, and the need to create more jobs for school leavers.
  • Our co-founder Basil Eastwood provided a short history of Cecily's Fund, with some fascinating insights on our transformation from a "kitchen table" concern to a thriving medium-sized charity. [Read Basil's speech]

Special Guests from Zambia

In addition to Sixtus and Rebecca Mulenga, we were joined by two other special guests from Zambia. Beatrice Chola and Patricia Besa joined us from Bwafwano Integrated Services Organisation (BISO), who have been partners of ours since 2003. They kindly answered questions about BISO community school, and explained how Cecily's Fund has really made a difference in the Chazanga area of Lusaka.

 Cday Shop Promo

Cookbook and Christmas Cards Launch

An extra highlight of Cecily's Day 2017 was the launch of our brand-new Christmas cards and our first ever Supporters' Cookbook. Featuring over 90 recipes submitted by our supporters, the Cookbook breaks new ground for Cecily's Fund and is great value at just £10. Guests at Cecily's Day were the first to be able to buy both of these products, but they are now available to all via our online shop.

Thank You!

Cecily's Day was made possible in part by the tremendous effort of our volunteers, speakers, officials and guests to whom we express our sincere thanks. We also thank all the supporters who attended the event, made donations, bought merchandise, and learned more about our work. Your support not only made Cecily's Day a success, but has also made our work possible since 1997. We hope you will continue to support us for years to come, as we continue our work to help build a more prosperous Zambia where education is available to all.


  • For more Cecily's Day photos, see our Facebook gallery
  • To make a donation to Cecily's Fund, visit our Donate page
  • To order Supporters' Cookbooks, Christmas cards, Gifts of Hope (and more!) visit our shop
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