About Us

This is what we do -

Friends For Zambia, a  non-governmental organization (NGO) in Canada, works to further primary education in the community of Lilayi, Zambia.  FFZ was established to financially assist the community to construct Twitti Primary School.  This beautiful school,serving children from Baby class to Grade 7, was officially opened in July 2012. 

Since then, Friends For Zambia has maintained its involvement with the school and continues to support various projects identified by the Lilayi Education Trust. 

The most recent project was the purchase of a new bus, pictured above.  It arrived at the school in August of 2019 and was welcomed by the children and their parents, the bus drivers, the teachers and the administration.  Thank you to Canadians who contributed generously so that the children would have a safe and reliable means of transport to school and back home.  

What's happening at Twitti? The latest news is here!

Grade 7 National Examinations Completed and End of Year Exams begin today!


Exam time at Twitti

Time to show proof that a year of study and hard work have paid off!  The Grade 7 class began their Examinations on Wednesday November 13 and completed them on November 19.  Since these exams mark the end of their studies at Twitti School, the Grade 7s are now excused from classes and will begin the long holiday earlier than the younger children.  Of course they are eagerly awaiting their results, and the decision about where they will go for Grade 8.  

On Monday November 25 the other pupils start their exams, from Grade 6 to the Baby Class.  It will be a busy time for everyone - children, teachers, and the administration.  

All the best to Twitti Primary School! 

The photo was taken on Career Day, a reminder of the goals that the pupils are working towards.

October 24, 2019 - Independence Day celebrations at Twitti School


On October 24 Twitti pupils came to school prepared to show their love for Zambia.  Many of them, like the young lady shown here, were dressed in clothing which displayed the colours of the Zambian flag. These colours tell the story of the land and its people: The green stands for its natural resources and vegetation. The red symbolizes its struggle for freedom. The black represents the people of Zambia. The orange is the symbol of the country’s mineral wealth. Find out more on the About Zambia page of this website. 

Lafarge Zambia continues to be a Valued Community Partner


Lafarge Zambia Donation 2018

In October 2018 Lafarge Zambia donated 300 pockets of cement to be used in TPS infrastructure projects.

January 2019: The first project was the construction of a wall at the rear of the Twitti property. This wall provides security for the pupils and the school property.  Thank you Lafarge for making this pos!

Lafarge Zambia & Social Responsibility

A strong community statement from Lafarge: "When our communities start to prosper because of our involvement and the Lafarge name becomes synonymous with constant unwavering commitment, then we are on our way to one of our greatest growth objectives: Building a better Zambia.

Lafarge/Twitti Partnership - History started in 2007

Soon after an initial connection was made between Twitti School and Lafarge in 2007 by Friends For Zambia, the company made a commitment to provide all the bags of cement required to construct the new Twitti School buildings.  The first delivery was made in April 2008, and deliveries continued until the school was complete.

Contact Us

Send us your comments or questions by email, phone or letter


Shelley O'Callaghan shelley.oc@icloud.com 

Patricia Ellsworth ellpatg@gmail.com

Friends for Zambia

3775 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver, BC V7R 2P6, CA

(604) 904-8555