The Limapela Foundation
Cedric School Project

The Limapela Cedric’s School

School child

The Limapela Foundation

The Limapela Foundation was established in New Zealand in 2008 for the benefit of education in poorer communities in Zambia. The Foundation is an interdenominational Christian trust, registered as a charitable entity (Registration No. CC32616) in terms of the New Zealand Charities Act 2005. There are five trustees: Pastor Geoff Wiklund (Chairman), Judy Maguire (Treasurer), Ben O’Connor, Matthew Raymond, and Gordon Stewart.

The purpose of the Foundation is to promote awareness and to initiate specific projects in Zambia. Funds raised by the Foundation are remitted to Limapela Development Limited in Zambia at the discretion of the Trustees for the implementation of such projects.

Why Zambia?

Co-founder Matthew Raymond and his wife Alison have worked as teachers in Africa for over 16 years, 10 of which have been in Zambia. Their heart is for the people of Africa, and their passion is for the education of African children. Zambia is a developing nation with an estimated population of 13 million, 45% of whom are under 15 years of age. Only 54% of children aged 7 to 13 years in rural areas attend school.

What motivates the Limapela Foundation?

The Foundation is motivated by the Christian principle of care and compassion for those less fortunate than ourselves, for in so doing we do it for God himself.

“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” — Matthew 25:37–40 (NIV).

-lima means to cultivate, and -pela means to give in Bemba, the most widely spoken language in Zambia.

What is their vision?


Where are their school projects?

The Limpela Cedric’s School, near Kitwe in the Copperbelt Province, is the Foundation’s first project. This is being overseen by Limapela Development Limited, the Foundation’s legal entity in Zambia. This primary school was established in 1979 by Cedric Whittemore to provide education for the children of his employees. Today the school serves the wider community and has a roll of 340 children. Limapela is expanding and upgrading the school facilities so that up to 500 children can be enrolled in grades 1–9. Other schools will be assisted and new schools started by Limapela as funding and resources become available.

What about self-sufficiency?

Self-sufficiency empowers local communities. Limapela Farm is being developed and other agri-business projects started in Zambia under the ownership of Limapela Development Ltd. Profits will provide support for its educational projects and reduce dependency on funding from abroad.

How do they raise funds?

The Foundation raises funds for both educational and agricultural projects by means of student fee sponsorship, teacher salary sponsorship, project staff personal support, general donations and grant aid from other organisations. It is desired that all Limapela projects will in time become self-sufficient and independent of financial support from abroad.

The Foundation values the interest and prayers of its supporters, whether or not they are able to contribute financially, and undertakes to provide them with regular information about all Limapela activities.