Oliver Brendon first visited Zambia in 2009. He was staggered by the number of orphans living in abject poverty, without basic needs such as water and sanitation and with limited access to education.
On returning to the UK, he decided to become involved in raising money for these children and approached a charity he knew of, Just A Drop, who specialise in providing water and sanitation facilities across Africa.
His company, ATD Travel Services, initially gave the charity enough to fund the first big project which involved digging a borehole and building teacher houses in the remote village of Kalundu. Since then, it has funded 35 projects in 18 Zambian schools, helping more than 3,000 children get access to clean water, adequate sanitation and a quality education. For the last five years, Oliver has also taken out a team of his staff to Zambia to see the progress of the projects, raise awareness and to decide on which new projects to fund. It was on his last trip, in 2017, upon playing football with children at very remote schools, that he decided to establish the ATD Foundation.
The ATD Foundation provides grants for water & sanitation, education and football projects. It also helped to establish and continues to support the Livingstone Youth Football Academy which has a team in the Zambian second division, providing opportunities for undiscovered, talented, aspiring footballers in rural disadvantaged communities.