Blessed to Bless Incorporated was formed in 2007 and is a non-denominational Christian organisation based in Sydney. Our charity was rebranded to Zambia’s Child in late 2016 and continues to be run by the same team and group of supporters. It is still known as Blessed to Bless in Zambia.
The mission of Zambia’s Child is to help alleviate poverty in Zambia, primarily through quality, Christian education and community development activities. Its goal is to promote long-term self-sufficiency within the community by raising capable Christian leaders. Its aim is to provide quality education for Zambian school children who would not normally be able to attend school, as well as adult skills training and literacy classes for those within the same communities. It also aims to provide emergency assistance to those in need, in order to achieve long-term goals.
Zambia’s Child is approved in Australia by the Department of Gaming and Racing with an Authority to Fundraise (it is a registered charity). The charity also formed a partnership with Anglican Aid in 2013, which provides supporters with the ability to receive tax-deductible receipts when donating to Zambia’s Child.
In Zambia, Blessed to Bless was registered with the Registrar of Societies in June 2007, and with PACRA as a Company Limited by Guarantee in July 2007. It was later registered as an NGO with the Zambian NGO Registrar, under the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health, in October 2013 and it is also registered as a Public Benefit Organisation with Zambia Revenue Authority.
In 2022 Zambia’s Child has sponsorship programmes for over 300 primary and secondary school students in Chingola, a large town in the Copperbelt Province, and 9 secondary school students in Kitwe, about an hour’s drive south of Chingola. Zambia’s Child has 4 sponsored tertiary/trade students in various towns and has 32 staff, including teachers, executive staff, a student welfare officer, agricultural manager, other support staff and volunteers.
In 2013 Zambia’s Child purchased 2.5 hectares of land on which to build the Ipalo Christian School on the outskirts of Chingola, and further land has since been acquired bringing the total area to over 5 hectares. The first phase of a multi-stage construction programme commenced in July 2015. All fundraising and administrative activities are coordinated from the St Ives office in Sydney. All work done in Australia for Zambia’s Child is conducted by volunteers to ensure funds raised are totally devoted to the children’s programmes in Zambia.
The organisation is governed and run by an Australian based Committee (see Committee Members page) in conjunction with the Zambian-based Board of Blessed to Bless.