Falconer Children’s Home
and Orphanage, Kabulamema, Zambia
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The Falconer Trust
The Falconer Trust was formed in 1980 by Henry and Irene Webb, and its primary aim is to support the work of Lilias Falconer and the Children’s home that she started in 1949 in Kabulamema, Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia. Henry and Rene both passed away in 2010 and the Director of the Trust is now their son Ken. The trust has a warehouse and office in Norfolk, from where all of the donated goods are stored and dispatched. In May 2014 Neil Starling became the Manager of the Falconer Trust, taking over much of the day-to-day running of the charity.
The Falconer Children’s Home
The Falconer Children’s Home and Orphanage was established in 1947 by Lilias Falconer, a nurse from Manchester. It is situated in Kabulamema, in a remote part of the North Western province of Zambia. Miss Falconer ran the Home for fifty years, until she passed away in 1998, and it is now being run by her children. Simon Samutala arrived at the Home just two days old and is now in charge of all the different activities and projects. Miriam Mulyata came when she was seven days old, and having trained as a nurse has the responsibility of looking after the children’s welfare and the running of the main house.
Miss Falconer with Luke Fundulu and his infectious granny Nyachinduwa 21/3/47, we think at Chitokoloki Hospital
To see a list of food items, clothing and other goods which we can send to the home.
3 Linmore Court
Threxton Road Industrial Estate
Norfolk IP25 6NG
Phone 01953 884468 (Office)
Phone/Fax 01953 885654 (Ken Webb)
Phone 01953 851898 (Neil Starling)
2018 DVD ‘Changes and Challenges’
The DVD from the 2018 visit is now available. Please get in touch if you would like a complimentary copy.
The Trailer At Ilford
We are very grateful to Beryl Cairns, who has kindly kept our trailer at her home in Ilford, so that donated goods can be left there. Beryl is now moving, and so will no longer be able to keep the trailer. Please do not take any further goods there. We have not yet been able to make any alternative arrangements for keeping the trailer elsewhere, but we will let you know when we have done so.
We wish Beryl every blessing in her new home.
Because Beryl is no longer able to keep the trailer at her home we are looking for someone in the Ilford/Dagenham/Barking area who would be willing and able either to keep the trailer at their home to receive donated goods, or allow goods to be brought to their garage or other storage area. We would then come and collect the goods from you every couple of months. If you think you may be able to help please get in touch. Thank you!
Update on the 2018 Visit
Neil and Dennis spent two weeks at the Home in May. For details of the visit, please go to the ‘Latest News’ page, but here is a brief summary: The needs at the Home continue to be many. During our stay the Toyota 4x4 which is owned by the Home was involved in an accident. The great news is that, thanks to the amazing generosity of so many supporters, a Toyota Hilux has been purchased to replace the one which was wrecked in the accident. THANK YOU!
The roof of the main building is in need of repairs before the start of the rainy season in October. Bringing in parcels from Ndola also continues to be a major challenge. There are also plans for improving the fabric of the buildings, notably upgrading the kitchen in the main building, and installing a second kitchen at the other end. We are grateful to the Rotary Club of Sidcup for giving major financial support to this project. Since the visit Simon has been very ill, with a severe chest infection. We pray that he will make a rapid and full recovery.
A batch of parcels being unloaded at the Falconer Home.
‘Mama Ndona’ by Pat Webb
This book tells the fascinating and inspiring story of Lilias Falconer, ‘The Lady With The Golden Heart’, and the establishing of the Falconer Children’s Home and Orphanage at Kabulamema.
It draws extensively on Miss Falconer’s correspondence, as well as many personal reminiscences.
The book is available for a suggested donation of £9.50 including p&p, and all proceeds go towards the work of the Falconer Trust. Please email, telephone or write to request a copy.