Zamcog is a UK based charity which helps educate some of Zambia's most at-risk children.

Zamcog supports the Shitima School, which began as a one-room classroom with only 8 students in the outskirts of Kabwe, Zambia. In the past 11 years, it has been transformed into a fully functioning boarding and day school for over 446 pupils, with two separate schools: the Robert Shitima Primary School and the Markit Secondary School, both of which boast bright and engaged students of all ages that are achieving some of the highest grades in Zambia.

Shitima has 96 students in the Residential Programme and supports 15 students at outside institutions. Shitima sets them on a path towards a happy and healthy future through the seeds of knowledge and self-confidence planted by education.


Some of our achievements

  • The planting of our annual maize field
  • The planting of our garden that feeds entire school fresh vegetables every day
  • The purchase of 25 acres on the outskirts of Kabwe
  • Construction of security wall
  • The construction of Markit Secondary School - grade 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Our awards in cultural dance and poetry
  • Construction of a science lab
  • Our first five students have graduated from grade twelve, and are now pursuing post-secondary qualifications in engineering, secondary teaching, clinical medicine and automotive mechanics
  • Construction of sports playing field, football pitch, netball court, basketball court, young children’s playground (swings, slides, climbing frame etc)
  • Purchase of school bus
  • The construction of a dining hall, seating over 300 students
  • Purchase of one school pick up truck
  • Construction of a kitchen
  • Some of the highest pass rates in the district for our students sitting for Gr 7 and Gr 9 exams
  • Our school sports teams participating at local and national level
  • The construction of two separate primary school blocks (grades 1 -7), and the renovation of a third
  • Creating more than fifty jobs to run school
  • Access to medical care
  • Counselling and AIDS prevention programmes
  • The construction of two boys dormitories accommodating 70 students. The construction of one girl’s dormitory accommodating 30 girls
  • Construction of ablution block for day students
  • Building student enrolment from twelve to over 446 students
  • Happy, healthy, positive children realising their potential
  • Construction of another classroom and a computer room/library
  • Construction of sewing and tailors rooms

Our supporters

Thank you very much to the following generous individuals and organisations:

The Uggla Family
James Kaberry
Sulla Management
Richard Garnett
David Reid
Christopher Biggins
Tom Voyce
Steve Collins
Paul Sackey
James Haskell
Mr Gavin Davies
St Columba's College
David & Heather Foxton
Sarah Hearn
Taking Pictures, Changing Lives C.I.C.


UK leadership team

Zamcog is led by its Board of Trustees:

JULIE-ANNE UGGLA Founder, Board Member Julie-Anne Uggla, founder of Zamcog, has been a non-profit fundraiser for 16 years, working successfully in the Ukraine, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Rwanda, the UK and now Zambia.  'The only way to successfully impact an impoverished country is through education' says Julie-Anne.  'We are providing choices and opportunities for these kids so that they can break the cycle of poverty.'

JULIE-ANNE UGGLA - Founder and Board Member
Julie-Anne Uggla, founder of Zamcog, has been a non-profit fundraiser for 16 years, working successfully in the Ukraine, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Rwanda, the UK and now Zambia.  'The only way to successfully impact an impoverished country is through education' says Julie-Anne.  'We are providing choices and opportunities for these kids so that they can break the cycle of poverty.'

Yvonne is a qualified banker and has spent 30years with Barclays Bank in Senior Leadership and Business Transformation roles. More recently she has been CEO of a Christian Charity providing Chaplaincy to the Workplace. Volunteering is a key part of Yvonne’s life and prior to joining Zamcog has been a committed youth worker with children’s charities in both the UK and the Caribbean. She believes in the basics that ‘children are our future’ and ‘learning is growing’.

Jane Leadbeater worked as an administrative assistant and then membership secretary for The Animal Welfare Trust before becoming the assistant manager at a housing project for homeless young women, run by the charity GFS Platform.   Jane then moved to GFS Platform’s Head Office in London to work as an assistant to the Chief Executive of the charity.  Whilst working at Head Office Jane started a part-time law degree in the evenings at Birkbeck College University of London.  
Jane subsequently trained as a solicitor.  Before working for Zamcog she worked for over ten years as a family lawyer specialising in both private family law and child protection.            


MR JUSTIN CROSS - Secretary and Board Member
Justin is a Chartered Secretary in Public Practice who specialises in supporting charitable organisations, assisting them to meet their legal and financial duties both as charities and as companies. Justin’s aim is to ensure they are able to focus their efforts on the charitable activities rather than organisational logistics. He is delighted and proud to be able to support Zamcog and its tireless efforts to alleviate poverty by caring for and educating children in Zambia.

Brother Daniel holds a qualification in counselling and presently serves as the school counsellor at St Columba’s College in St Albans. From 2004 to 2007, he lived and worked in Lusaka, Zambia, and travelled extensively across southern Africa.

MR DAVID BUXTON - Board Member
David has been the headmaster of St Columba's College since 2008. In his previous role as the deputy headmaster of Cardinal Newman High School in Hove, David initiated the school’s participation in the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme, developing links with schools in Tanzania and Senegal. David conducts his work today from his conviction 'that British and African schools are equal partners in promoting learning and interaction between students and teaching staff'.

Sarah Chambers is an independent consultant, also currently working as a member of the Competition & Markets Authority, Panel Member of the Judicial Appointments Commission, the Bar Standards Board, and the Applications Panel of the Renewal Energy Consumer Code. She is also Independent Director of the Payments Council. She was previously a Director in the Department of Energy & Climate Change, and at the Department of Business Innovation & Skills, following a spell as Chief Executive of the Postal Services Commission.

Heather trained as a secondary school teacher and worked in a London comprehensive before retraining as a solicitor specialising in family law and child protection. Since 1999 she has lectured in law at the University of Hertfordshire where she has taught at postgraduate and undergraduate level. In 2006 she set up and ran a successful law clinic at the University of Hertfordshire. She is a trained mediator, a governor in a local school and is the author of several publications in the area of family law. Heather has been involved with Zamcog since 2010.

Dr Lisa Ackerley is an independent safety consultant providing advice and support to most food industry sectors and to the mass media on commercial and domestic food safety issues. She is Visiting Professor of Environmental Health at Salford University and has lectured on the MSc Environmental Health Course at Kings College, University of London.  .After the acquisition of her business Hygiene Audit Systems Ltd by Acoura she is now Strategic Adviser to their Board. In addition, she is Food Safety Adviser to the British Hospitability Association and Specialist Food Safety Adviser at the Royal Society of Public Health.  

Lisa appears regularly as a food safety expert on TV and Radio, including Rogue Restaurants, Watchdog, Panorama, BBC and Channel 4 News, 

Last year Lisa taught the children at the RSP the importance of proper handwashing to reduce the risk of illness.  In September 2015 she ran a course on food safety and hygiene for over 20 students and key staff.  Those that pass will gain a professional qualification.