Mechanics for Africa is an independent charity, registered in Zambia and the UK. We are only able to do what we do because of people like you. Here’s how you can support us.
Supporting Mechanics for Africa
How you can support us
Buy a Brick
Please help Mechanics for Africa build our new Computer Centre by buying a brick!
In 2024, Mechanics for Africa plans to open a new Computer Centre, welcoming our first 15 students to study for a Certificate in Computer Studies.
Thanks to funding received, primarily from The BEIT Trust, we have ‘broken ground’ and builders are working hard to complete the development of two new classrooms in time for the start of the new academic year.
But we still need £15,000 to complete the internal works and fit out. Without your help now, we will not be ready to welcome the new students in January.
Why do we want to start offering this new course?
The auto industry in Zambia is traditionally male-dominated and 90% of our students are men. We want to encourage more young women to study with Mechanics for Africa by offering a new qualification in computer studies.
Providing training in bookkeeping, office productivity software, entrepreneurship, computer networking, and business communication skills, the new course will provide our students with access to an array of new professional opportunities.
How can you help?
Please help Mechanics for Africa by Buying a Brick.
For a minimum donation of £25, you can reserve your brick within our special mural brick wall inside the new centre. Either buy it in your own name or dedicate your brick to someone special.
All donations will be used to complete the Computer Centre in time for our new students arriving in January.
Please buy a brick today and help us change the lives of more young people in Zambia.
Thank you.Click here to buy a brick
Make a donation
- Every student who comes to Mechanics for Africa receives a scholarship of 80% of their fees.
- We provide students with a good meal every day.
- We pay our staff well.
- In addition, we have the usual running costs, registration costs and examination fees.
It is through the generosity of people like you that Mechanics for Africa has trained over 300 students since 2002. But we want to do more. We want to expand our facilities and diversify what we teach. We want to welcome more students with 80% scholarships and reach students who need access to a bursary via a hardship fund to fund the additional 20% of their fees.
But to do this, we need your support.
Your donation, however large or small, will make a real difference and help us transform more young lives in Zambia.
And, if you commit to a regular gift of £20 or more a month, you could become a Student Sponsor, receiving regular news from one of our students.Make a donation
Leave a gift in your will
After taking care of family and friends, please consider leaving a gift to Mechanics for Africa in your will.
Every gift, whether small or large, will help us reach more students and build a brighter future for them, their family and their wider community. It also provides us with much needed financial security to keep going in challenging times.
You can make several types of gifts:
A pecuniary gift, where you leave a specific amount of money to Mechanics for Africa.
A residuary gift, where you leave a percentage of your estate to Mechanics for Africa from the remains of your estate after any specific gifts and any debts you may have are paid.
A gift of some specific property – for example some stocks or share, property or other item you own.
If you would like a confidential conversation about remembering Mechanics for Africa in your will, please contact us and we will introduce you to a Trustee.
Mechanics for Africa Advises you to contact your solicitor or will writer to discuss making changes to your will. Our registered charity number is 1086333.
If you have already remembered Mechanics for Africa in your will, we would like to say thank you.
Fundraise at church
In 2002, Charlie and Sharonne Watt asked their old church in the UK to help them set up Mechanics for Africa. Ever since, Milford Baptist Church has played an integral part in Mechanics for Africa’s success and continues to support us today in many ways.
Could your church join with Milford Baptist Church and help us transform more young lives in Zambia by holding a fundraising event?
From coffee mornings and bake sales after your Sunday service to church collection boxes, there are many ways you can bring your community together and raise money for Mechanics for Africa.
Please contact us if you would like posters or leaflets to help with your fundraising.
Would you like to help raise awareness in your church of the work we do? Why don’t you get in touch and see if one of our team is able to come and talk at one of your services or events?
Trusts and Foundations
Grants from generous trusts and foundations enable us to develop our programmes and make capital improvements to our site in Ndola.
For more information on our work and how your trust or foundation can support Mechanics for Africa, please contact us.
We would like to thank The Beit Trust for their support.
The Beit Trust is an independent charity, established by the financier and philanthropist Alfred Beit in 1906. Over the years, The Beit Trust has provided grants to Mechanics for Africa to cover the cost of
many of MfA’s buildings, including the main hall, two of our workshops and three of our classrooms.
Whether you are looking to expand your audience reach, develop your brand or demonstrate your commitment to social responsibility, we would be happy to build a unique partnership to meet your business needs.
We have flexible and creative packages available that will achieve a return on investment against your objectives, and ensure you get the best value from our partnership.
We’d love to explore how your business could support Mechanics for Africa, please contact us for the latest opportunities.
We would like to thank the following companies for their support:
Under the leadership of Graeme Potts, Eden Motors has grown to over 20 dealerships across the south of the UK and along with Vauxhall, Eden now represent Mazda, Hyundai, Peugeot, Suzuki, MG and Fiat in sales (plus many more brands at their servicing franchises).
Graeme Potts and Eden have made donations of workshop equipment to MfA. They also cover the entire cost of midday meals at the college for all students and staff.
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