Alive & Kicking Zambia

Alive & Kicking Zambia became our second stitching centre when it opened in 2007. The operation set out to address the serious problems surrounding unemployment, health and a lack of sporting equipment.

Situated in Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka, over 40 members of staff are paid a fair wage to produce up to 2,000 balls a month. The stitching centre is on the site of Zamleather, a subsidiary of Zambeef, who supply the operation’s leather.

Alive & Kicking Zambia has produced and distributed over 100,000 balls since production started. Supporters who have sponsored balls include DHL, MTN, Coca Cola, Camfed, RAPIDS, Zambian Malaria Foundation, Zambeef Plc, Zamleather, Good Gifts and lots of individual donors. As well as giving balls to schools through donations, we also retail them in Spar, Shoprite and Pick N’ Pay outlets.

Donated balls are printed with HIV/AIDS and malaria messages and are often used to help organise discussions around health issues. The team regularly organise football tournaments and outreach programmes to raise health awareness further and has organised extremely successful road shows, of the Copperbelt region in 2012 and the Central Province in 2013.
Find out more about last year’s HIV awareness roadshow, of Zambia’s Central Province

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Revisiting the Central Province: 

In spring 2013, Alive & Kicking Zambia’s annual HIV roadshow visited Zambia’s Central Province. I was lucky enough to see the project in action as it visited the predominantly agricultural district of Chibombo, an hour or so up the Great North Road from Lusaka. The roadshow visited four districts (Chibombo, Liteta, Kabwe and Kapiri Mposhi), [...]


The first Alive & Kicking workshop was set up in Nairobi in 2004. Since then Alive & Kicking Kenya has produced and distributed over 200,000 balls, 90,000 of those for UEFA.

Read about our workshop in  Kenya


A&K Ghana opened in 2012 and has been ahead of schedule during its first year. Funding partners are still being sought to secure its long-term financial viability.

Read about our workshop in  Ghana

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