Update from Summer 2019

Progress is being made. Lintels are being set and prepared for roofing.

Update Spring 2019 Side Project

Aside from the main project, donations have been sent to specifically assist the Primary Schools in the area build a library on each of their school sites. Progress is being made. In the meantime, any previous book/supply shipments have been stored mainly in the Principal’s office which limits access. Having a designated library for each Primary School will be uplifting for the entire community.

Hanamiala Library spring 2019 being built by community members

Hanamiala Library spring 2019 being built by community members

Update from summer 2018

This summer, a team of ZCEI members visited the school site. The school is taking shape as much work has been done over the past months.


This semester we will have another raffle draw to raise funds and awareness for the construction project in Chisekesi, Zambia. The draw will take place on May 4, 2018 at 4:30pm. The location will be announced soon! 

Tickets will be going at only $10 per ticket. To buy a ticket, Venmo @Julia-Dormon with your net-id.

  • First prize: $500

  • Second prize: $300

  • Third prize: $200

You do not need to be present at the raffle draw to win



The Zambia Community Education Initiative will be hosting a fundraiser on April 24, 2018 from 11am to 1pm at Ho Plaza on Cornell's central campus. A variety of jewelry will be available for purchase and all proceeds will go to the secondary school construction project in Chisekesi, Zambia.


upcoming events - december 2017

Winter Fest 12/02


Barnes and Noble Bookfair  12/08


construction update

August 8th, 2017

Progress Report:

1. All 3 teachers' houses have been filled up and ready for the slabs now.

2. The library and the first classroom block are both at roof level and ready for roofing.

3. The box for the second classroom block is partially filled.

4. The footing for two more classroom blocks is currently being prepared. 



Thanks to the wonderful runners who joined us for the 5K Run for Change and a few other generous donations, we managed to raise $240 for the secondary school in Chisekesi, Zambia.

Barnes and noble book fair held march 18th, 2017

March 21st, 2017

Julia leonard with the zcei at the barnes and noble book fAIR

Julia leonard with the zcei at the barnes and noble book fAIR



carolyn doyle with the zcei at the barnes and noble book fair

carolyn doyle with the zcei at the barnes and noble book fair


The Barnes and Noble book fair held on Saturday March 18th was a great success. At the end of the day, we raised $675.00 for the School in Chisekesi,  specifically the water project. 
You can still make a donation until Wednesday March 22nd. Just visit bn.com/bookfairs and enter Bookfair ID 12052478 at checkout.

upcoming events: march - may 2017

1. Barnes and Noble Book fair 

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Stop by the Barnes and Noble Book fair in Ithaca on Saturday March 18. The ZCEI, in partnership with the Trumansburg Sister School Project, will be working to raise funds for water systems at the Secondary School in Chisekesi.

2. The ZCEI 5K Run for Change 

Join us on April 29, 2017  at 11am for the ZCEI 5K Run for Change at the Cornell Botanical Gardens Arboretum. The purpose of this event is to raise funds for the construction of the secondary school in Chisekesi, Zambia. For only $10, register below:

3. Spaghetti Dinner at Trumansburg Elementary School

On May 12th, 2017  at 6pm, Trumansburg  Elementary school will be hosting a spaghetti dinner. Charges are: $5 per person. Funds raised from this event will be used for the installation of a water system at the Secondary School in Chisekesi, Zambia.

zambia community education in the ithaca times

March 10th, 2017

The ZCEI and its work recently featured in an article in The Ithaca Times newspaper. The article is available at: http://www.ithaca.com/news/ithaca/a-new-life-for-old-machines/article_96487ac4-fe96-11e6-849d-430a0a69153b.html


CONSTRUCTION UPDATE : december 2016 - january 2017

February 5th, 2017

In the past few months, more construction work was done on the school project in Chisekesi. While one of the teachers' buildings was recently roofed, another one is currently being raised. 

fundraising update

November 20th, 2016

On November 19, we successfully concluded the raffle draw which was an important part of the fundraising for the roofing project. Here are the results:

1. $400 Cash prize: Jeong Ran Kim

2. Dinner for 2 at Coltivare Restaurant: Jong TaekLee

3. $25 gift certificate to Joe's restaurant: Menasseh Bekele

We raised $2100 from the raffle tickets alone. In addition to this, Prof. Ndulo donated $500 to the project. Jeong Ran Kim, the first prize winner also donated the $400 cash prize. All this together with a few other generous donations brought our grand total to $3, 192. 

Thanks to everyone who participated! 

Fundraising for the classroom roof

October 31st, 2016

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august trip

October 15th, 2016

A team of ZCEI members travelled to Zambia in August. They donated much needed books to schools in Chisekesi and helped with the construction works  on the classroom blocks and library among other structures. While in Zambia, they also visited some really cool places. 


construction updates

October 15th, 2016

Construction work on the school project continues. Here are some pictures that were taken by the group that travelled to Zambia in August to help with construction and interact with the community members.

teachers' building

teachers' building



classroom block taking shape

classroom block taking shape

more blocks

more blocks




Trumansburg performance

May 25th, 2016

Students from the Trumansburg Middle School recently gave an amazing performance. The first song, bonse aba, is dedicated for our elementary schools in Zambia. We are excited to continue our partnership and will continue to collaborate as much as we can. More updates on the partnership will be posted in the future.


March 9th, 2016

More updates on the construction of school site! Despite the heavy rain reason, the construction is coming along nicely. Here are the pictures of the classroom and library. We are planning a group trip in early August to help with the construction and interact with community members. Please be on the lookout for more updates!






January 4th, 2016

Exciting update! The construction of school buildings has taken a big step forward. We are thrilled to announce that the community members are critical contributors to the construction. The community members are crushing the stones for building foundations and creating building blocks from donated bags of cement mix, water, and sand from the local river. We are hopeful that more progress will be noted in 2016. Please follow our Facebook page for more updates and pictures!


August 4th, 2015

This past weekend, our members shipped laptops and nearly 1000 books to elementary schools in Chisekesi, Zambia! We collected books from local libraries and also received generous donations from members. The books vary from children's books to modern classic novels -- this is a great start to the expanding library at the High School, which is intended to be the first building opening. We hope to have more shipments of laptop computers to schools in the near future.


For more updates and photos, please follow us on Facebook

construction of the teachers' wing has begun!

July 15th, 2014

Exciting news from Zambia! Construction of the teachers' wing - the first official structure on our building site - has now begun. We could not be happier with the progress our project has been making, marked by this pivotal first step. 


Our club vice president and treasurer Olivia Lee, along with board members Al Heiman, Muna Ndulo, and Julia Leonard visited the site this week and have reported that construction is running smoothly and as planned. After many months of purchasing and making bricks, the local team is delighted to start construction. 


We would like to thank everyone for their continued support of our project - from Zambia to Ithaca and all the places our supporters are from, none of this could have been accomplished without you. For more updates and photos, please follow us on Facebook

zcei run for change 5k

April 19th, 2014

ZCEI is proud to report that our second annual Run for Change 5K at the Cornell Plantations in Ithaca, NY has been another huge success. Thank you to all of the runners and the donors who made this event so great, and to the ZCEI team in Ithaca for organizing it all. We will see everyone at the Plantations next year!

completion of the road

October 16th, 2013

It has been a great summer for our project in Chisekesi, Zambia - a road between the school site and the nearby lake has recently been completed. This milestone marks the beginning of our actual construction, as the sand from this lake will be used to lay the foundation for our school structures. What was once an un-leveled pathway covered in rocks and branches has now become a passable road! 







Keep checking our website or follow us on Facbeook to get more updates about our project.