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Listen to 'Beacon of Light' composed for the then SOCH orphanage in 2018, and sung by the 12 year old Australian composer...

Beacon of Light by James Gilbert September 2018

SASBJ (Beacon of Light - Single)

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Our care for children continues even when they leave SOCH

Since the opening of the SOCH Charity Private School in 2024, some primary school children with disabilities have been accommodated during the school term in our SOCH school hostel. In school holidays, these children will return to their parents and guardians. By boarding at SOCH, these children are now able to attend school since it is directly on site for them. Previously, before SOCH, their attendance at their nearest schools was problematic due to their disabilities. Also, they are now able to access appropriate therapies at SOCH or at the town hospital. 

Older children who have left SOCH continue to be supported in their secondary education at boarding schools and local high schools through our provision of their fees and school uniforms. Other older children who have dropped out of school are offered the opportunity to learn carpentry skills onsite at SOCH.

For those who complete secondary school year successfully, we try to obtain sponsorship for them in universities and colleges since we don't have the fund capacity to support tertiary study. Here below are a few examples of how SOCH has continued to assist disadvantaged children:

One of the girls in this old photo of SOCH orphanage children was (B), 


In October 2022, (B) graduated as an Environmental Health Officer. She was the first female to graduate under SOCH care after the first male (G) graduated in 2021 as an IT teacher.

This poor little fellow in rags on the left is (I). He was unable to be cared for by his mother who entrusted him to us.


On the right is a later photo of (I) in his school uniform. He has now completed his secondary school studies. 

On the left is (L) after she first arrived at SOCH orphanage as a young child - happily displaying her dinner! 

On the right is (L) dressed in her school tracksuit. She achieved excellent exam results which enabled her to enter a Zambian boarding school to complete her education.

The young boy on the left is (M) who joined the SOCH orphanage in 2005, and consistently excelled at school.


(M) completed Grade 12 with distinctions in all his subjects. He gained a scholarship to study Computer Science at a Chinese University. and will be graduating

in June 2024. The bulk of his other costs (flights etc.) have been met through the generosity of a ZOA family whose son had travelled on a school trip to SOCH and met the young (M). Here is a recent photo of him sent from China.

This young man (I) returned to Serenje in 2019 after spending a year in Australia where the Children First Foundation enabled him to have a life-changing medical operation for his leg, injured severely in an accident with fire when he was a child.


(I) achieved the highest examination grade in the local Serenje District, and was therefore able to gain entry to a Zambian state boarding school where promising students have the best opportunities outside of the private high fee-paying schools.

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