Seed and Fertilizer Packs

It is hard for our vulnerable children to focus on learning in school when their tummies are grumbling from a lack of food. This is why we invite the supporters of Faith’s Orphans Fund to contribute to the annual ‘Seed and Fertilizer Packs’ project.


In October, for the past several years, the Zambian Government has made available these ‘Seed and Fertilizer Packs’ for purchase at approximately one-third of the normal price. A ‘Pack’ consists of four bags of fertilizer and one bag of seed. Maize (corn), okra, rapeseed, onion and cabbage have been the customary seed made available but that does vary from year to year.  

Transporting Seed and Fertilizer Packs to the fields

In the months leading up to October, the people in our twenty-four Centres will have been busy preparing their fields for planting. This has to be completed by November when the rainy season sets in for the next several months. What is grown during that time will be their food supply until the next growing season and therefore  will have a direct bearing on the nutritional intake of our children. This is why our ability to purchase ‘Packs’ for all our Centres is a project we focus on each year.


Each bag can weigh up to 50 kg or 110 lbs! 

The photos included here are the evidence why the Board of Directors of FOF Canada once again express our grateful thanks for supporting our 4113 vulnerable children and the Centres where they live.

The ground is fertile and the maize grows quickly

Late Breaking News

FOF Canada recently received funds from the Community Christian Reformed Church in Frankford Ontario with which to purchase two hammer mills. The hammer mills are being placed at a special location on the Solwezi Road and the Lufwanyama Road. This will allow maize and cassava to be ground into a flour-like consistency. It is hoped that some of the flour can be sold and thereby expand their dietary intake or purchase other needed items.

Thank you Frankford!



Implementer Training

One of the vital components for the successful support of FOF’s vulnerable children are the Implementers. These men and women act as FOF program coordinators and leaders in the care, provision and oversight of each child at their Centre.  Once or twice each year, a week long training course is provided by FOF so that these Implementers and the Centres they represent can benefit from learning of new agricultural techniques, government programs, nutrition and health opportunities as well as providing us with updates of the status of the children at their Centre.

For the week long training, about 100 Implementers will arrive at the Skills Training Centre (STC) in Kitwe, where they will sleep, eat and learn before returning to their Centres with their newly gained knowledge. As the implementers are spread out over many miles and rarely have a chance to meet, the week together at the STC is also an opportunity to get acquainted, share ideas, and discuss the issues they face as well as encourage one another as part of the greater FOF Team.

Photo of one group of Implementers in a classroom

The theme for this week’s seminar was  “Developing our Communities through Agriculture.” In addition to presenting gardening techniques, crop varieties, chicken and goat care, the maintenance of the trees that were planted one year ago and the new trees that were just recently planted in December was highlighted. New policies which the Government has introduced along with explanations of Government expectations were discussed.


The continued care of the children is a focal point during the week as Faith discusses the health, nutrition and educational needs and responds to the issues Implementers may have.  She spends time with each implementer to encourage them in their work on behalf of the children of FOF.

Photo of Implementers in a small group training session just for women

It is also at this time when the implementers present reports to Faith on behalf of their centre. These reports update the database for each child in their centre and, together with Faith, the prospective students who will study at the STC in the coming year are chosen.

In your prayer time for the FOF children and staff, please remember our Implementers who engage the children on a daily basis. These men and women are volunteers, receiving no pay for looking after the orphans in their centres as they have a genuine love and concern for their welfare.

Photo of Implementers in a small group training study

A core component of each day for all Implementers at the Training Seminar is the Bible teaching and training. FOF is a practical demonstration of Our Lord’s love, faithfulness and provision to His children and a witness to those here in Zambia that hear of the work and impact of FOF on the lives of the vulnerable children.  Please continue to pray for the children, the Centres and also for the leadership of FOF, we need His hand to guide us for another 25 years and more!

We hope this report gives you an idea of the content and importance of the week long Implementer Training Seminar.

(article based on a report from Faith Liyena)


January 2018 Letter


Dear Friends & Supporters of Faith’s Orphans Fund,

Thank you so much for the generous support of Faith’s orphan ministry in Zambia throughout 2017.   The support from people like you in Canada and United States has resulted in another year of significant positive impact in the lives of 4,113 orphaned and vulnerable children in Zambia.

This was a milestone year for Faith’s Orphans as their 25th anniversary was celebrated in August. It was an incredible blessing to witness the anniversary celebration with hundreds in attendance and realize afresh how FOF has touched literally thousands of Zambian lives.

This fall the new school at Lungwa Centre was commissioned and is now being used by hundreds of young students who previously would have had to walk 16 kilometres to attend a school.   This school was built with the generous support of a number of Ontario donors and volunteers.

Photo of the new school at Lungwa Centre 

As we look forward into 2018, we know that Faith’s Orphans Fund will continue to be significant for the children in the 24 rural centres, the Skills Training Centre and those attending Teacher’s College in Kitwe.

The Canadian FOF Board is pleased to announce the launch of a new FOF Canada website containing new pictures, video and information. This new website can be viewed at the new web address:

From Faith, her Zambia team and the Board of Directors of FOF Canada, thank you again for your generous support in 2017.

In appreciation,

Ian Ross & the Canadian Board of Directors.

Christmas Letter

November 16, 2017

Dear Friends,

With the recent change to day light savings time, the arrival of sub-zero temperatures and snow in the air, we are keenly aware that winter is well on its way and with it, the Christmas season.

2017 has been a milestone year for Faith’s Orphans Fund as Faith and her team celebrated 25 years of orphan ministry in Zambia and the Canadian friends of Faith celebrated 15 years of financial and prayer support as well as volunteerism. I know I speak for all of the Canadians that travelled to Zambia this summer to participate in the 25th anniversary when I say just how blessed we were to witness the significance of the impact that FOF has had and is having in the lives of the orphaned and vulnerable children of Zambia. From Faith and her team as well as the Canadian FOF board of directors, we want to say “thank you” for all you have done to allow this ministry to flourish and give so many young Zambian individuals a chance – a chance to acquire an education, to break out of the cycle of poverty and disease, to gain employment and to know the Lord as their personal Saviour.

Pictured above: Photo of a clothing distribution


Pictured above: Photos of our children in a rural school

Updates of the work taking place at FOF in Zambia can be viewed on this website under the posting ‘Video Updates’ and will provide further insight into many of the activities we are engaged in.

Pictured below: Students making bee hives at the Skills Training Centre.

Pictured below: Women sewing at a rural Centre

Pictured below: Photo of a new business venture by Skills Training Centre graduates of making bed frames and other furniture 

It is at this time of year that Faith and the Canadian Board finalize the FOF budget for next year. We are well on our way in this process and note that in 2018, there will be 4113 orphans in the 24 rural centres registered on the FOF program. There are 100 FOF implementers living in these Centres overseeing the orphan care and education while advancing the quality of life of the entire Centre. There will be 40 young men and women living and learning life skills at the Skills Training Centre in Kitwe, with 4 of these attending the public Teachers Training College and once again, there will be 100 teenagers attending the five week Teen’s Missions Leadership Training program outside of Ndola. This truly is a significant ministry!

As we contemplate all of this ministry activity for 2018 and review the costs associated with it, we know that we need the Lord to bless FOF generously through His people once again. We are asking that you prayerfully consider a Christmas or year-end donation to Faith’s Orphans Fund to allow this impactful ministry to continue in the New Year and, with the Lord’s blessing for another 25 years.


Ian Ross
And the board of FOF Canada


Please note,

This is a work in progress / demonstration website for a “select” group of people what is doable with a more modern web platform, and the ability to “start fresh”.

Today’s addition to the demo site…

Random Images

The main image shown when you access the site will periodically change between a couple of images.  This can be increased to a few more, and can be done to provide more images that reflect the nature of the website.


Below is a screenshot of the statistics module (from the admin panel), which provides an indication as to the number of people visiting the site.

Additionally, the module also provides a geoid which can indicate (by ip address) which country a unique visitor is from.  This “self updates” to maintain accuracy over time.