Fola, or Fountain of Life Africa, is a Christian non-profit organization run by a volunteer board and individuals in the US and Zambia, relying on personal and corporate donations to fund infrastructure projects, employing local labor and sourcing all supplies and materials from the community where available.
With an operating overhead of less than 10% (fully funded by the volunteer Board), we pledge that 100% of your donation goes directly to our projects and provide full transparency of financial allocation.
Thanks to our supporters, thousands of children are attending school for the very first time, hundreds of mothers and babies are surviving childbirth, and communities are thriving due to clean water. We are making great advances in all of these areas, breaking the cycles of poverty, disease and gender inequality.
Fola was born as Fountain of Life by Princess Kasune Zulu in 1998 in Luanshya, located in the Copperbelt province of northern Zambia. Princess was orphaned and became head of her household at age 17. Upon learning of her HIV status, Princess felt compelled to use the remaining days of her life, no matter how many, to make a difference for others. Her aim was to tackle the harsh cycles of poverty and illiteracy, as she knew that they contributed to the high rates of HIV and AIDS in her country.
But where to start? Since children were not being educated, Princess decided to start a small school for a few children in her home. She expected less than 20 children to show interest, but, when she opened her doors for the first day of school, nearly 60 children were waiting for her! These children were orphans or from very poor families, so, hearing the pleas of their guardians, she took all of the children in. On that day, with only US$10 (50,000 Kwacha) to fund the project, Fountain of Life was born.
On each school day in her home-based school, Princess provided basic education and one meal for the children in her care. Soon, the community saw the importance of her work and joined her efforts by helping to support a new school. Five years later, Fountain of Life moved to Kitwe, where nearly 1,000 children were supported with school supplies and food programs.
“Upon learning of her HIV status, Princess felt compelled to use the remaining days of her life, no matter how many, to make a difference for others.”
“In 2009, Princess felt the call to dream bigger. With 60% of Zambians living in rural areas and a gross lack of governmental funding in social welfare, Princess knew that many of the citizens of her country were going without life essentials.”