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EDUCATION IS THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON WHICH YOU CAN USE TO CHANGE THE WORLD
Nelson MANDELA

June 2006

In  the winter of June 2006, Singaporean Leela Singaram Champ spearheaded this charitable cause of The Other
Side Foundation for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in the outskirts of Lusaka, Zambia. Seated on the
cold sandy floor of a dilapidated wooden hut in the impoverished area of Buseko, west of Lusaka, she began by
teaching 15 OVCs. There were no desks, blackboards nor books available; just marker pens and sheets of paper.
Within 6 months the group grew to a makeshift school of 65 students – both children and single mothers.

January 2007

In January 2007, Champ’s friend and philanthropist, Daniel Sigaud, started supporting this cause. In the
same year, TOSF was registered with the Registrar of Societies in Zambia and chartered in Lichtenstein.

2009

2009 saw TOSF buying two plots of land in George Compound, Lusaka’s Matero Township and erecting the
school building. A fully Zambian-staffed team followed.

2018

In 2018 Education Without Borders Pte Ltd a social enterprise, was registered in Singapore. One hundred
percent of funds raised through corporate training programs will be ploughed back into TOSF Zambia to help
sustain our operations in Zambia. The charity, TOSF, could not extend a branch in Singapore as all
charities registered in Singapore cannot remit overseas, funds raised in Singapore.

To date, over twelve staff and a mximum of 500 OVCs are schooled, fed one meal a day and given free
medical care within its premises. TOSF school for OVCs is a Values Based school.
Likewise, another seven staff and over 200 OVCs from the Faith Foundation School in Kanyama Township
are  supported by TOSF. 

Furthermore, TOSF relieves the burden placed on grandmothers without income, who struggle to support their
orphaned grandchildren. It also mitigates the responsibility placed on young children who become family heads
overnight.