Kara Counselling and Training Trust

Kara counseling and Training Trust ltd (KCTT) was founded in 1989 as a centre for People Living With HIV/AIDS, and is now one of the leading NGO’s in Zambia working in the field of counseling and HIV/AIDS.

Kara Counselling and Training Trust was founded in 1989 by Fr. Michael Kelly SJ, but its legal entity received registration in 1991. KCTT’s vision is to work towards ‘A society free of suffering where all people take charge of and live long and productive lives in freedom and equality, with Zambia taking its place proudly among the great nations of the world.

Mission: To promote integrated Human development by providing counseling, training, caring and other related services which respond to the current psychosocial needs in Zambia.


Winstone Zulu


‘The Great Communicator’ is what the late President Ronald Reagan is called. Winstone Zulu was also a great communicator as an HIV/AIDS/TB activist for more than 20 years, but above all he was ‘The Great Survivor’
In 1989, Winstone was offered a political scholarship to study in Russia but it was denied when he tested HIV+ .

A few months ago the New York Times published a very frank article by Winstone in which he wrote about how he was discriminated against and refused a place in primary school year after year because of his severe physical disability in walking due to contracting polio as a child. He taught himself to read and only got a place in school as a teenager.
Winstone as a very young child learned from hard experience all about discrimination and stigma which he would later use so well in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

As things turned out, Winstone became a great communicator as a public speaker all over the world in the fight against AIDS and TB in his public career but his amazing courage as the great survivor in his personal battle to defeat AIDS is what he will perhaps be most remembered for.
In 1990 it was unheard of for anyone to go public about their HIV status and even today very few people are willing to have their HIV positive status known. Winstone fought all his life against discrimination and stigma on behalf of People Living with HIV and AIDS.

It is ironic that many young people today have never heard of Winstone Zulu. Sadly, AIDS now has become a big industry with all the positive and negative consequences and it is clear that many people are making a very good living out of it. In contrast, Winstone, who personally contributed more than anyone else in the fight against AIDS in Zambia and elsewhere has died a poor man, leaving his family nothing. Winstone was never bitter about any of the many hardships he suffered in his life as he could see the funny side of everything. Nor was he bitter about how people were making money out of AIDS, however, he liked to remark that he was fighting AIDS when it was ‘neither popular or profitable’.

In the past ten years or more, Winstone worked a lot in the international arena. He shared on many top level discussion panels with the heads of international organisation such as the World Bank, IMF and the many UN agencies.
However his reason for survival was his beloved family. Winstone loved his family very much and they were his reason for continuing the struggle to live as long as possible despite very painful and increasingly debilitating bouts of illness in the past few years. He did not fear death but he feared for the future of his children. If we honour Winstone’s memory today, let it not be with our words only but let us do something to secure the future for Winstone’s family

Someone once said that to be human is to be tragically flawed and we are all very human and therefore are all flawed. Winstone had great gifts and also his limitations like the rest of us. It was his personal struggle day in and day out to survive AIDS that inspired me most. It is without doubt one of the greatest privileges and blessings of my life to have been able to come to know and love Winstone, the great human being that we are saying farewell to today. Truely, it can be said that he reflected a very precious unique image and likeness of God in which Winstone was made. There will not be the likes of him again. May his great soul rest in God until we all meet in Heaven. Amen.

Fr. Michael Kelly sj.

Winstone Zulu

[06/30/11]   Today is VCT Day! Do you Know your HIV status? Free VCT services available. Get tested today.

[06/21/11]   Watch this space...

[05/24/11]   Happy Africa Freedom Day from all of us at Kara!

[01/07/11]   A happy new year to all!

All our offices are now open for business.

We congrat Billy Sichamba on his graduation with a Diploma in Development Leadership from Coady International Institute in Canada.

Welcome back Billy!

[12/10/10]   NOTICE: We will be closed for Christmas Break from 23 December 2010 to 6 January 2010. However, our Clinics and Hospices will remain open. Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year from all of us at Kara!

[12/01/10]   Universal Access to HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support is my Human Right -- World AIDS Day 2010

[12/01/10]   Do you know the theme for this year's World AIDS Day?

[12/01/10]   Today is World AIDS Day!


Vacancy Announcement: Administrative Assistant wanted. Deadline for recieving application is 11 August 2010. Check www.kara.org.zm for details or call at our offices on 29 Joseph Mwilwa Road, Rhodespark.


[07/16/10]   Visit our Training Center in Thornpark Lusaka to learn more about our Diploma and Certificate programs. Enrol today!


Kara Counselling :: Positive and Fully Alive!

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kara.org.zm Kara Counselling and Training Trust was founded in 1989 by Fr. Michael Kelly SJ, but its legal entity received registration in 1991.

[02/02/10]   Are You Empowered?

[01/25/10]   Diploma in Counselling now enrolling! Evening classses available. Call for details 237919 or 229847.

[10/08/09]   Vacancy announcement: Clinical Officer - Kara Clinic. Check Press for Details, or request copy of AD - [email protected]; [email protected].

[10/02/09]   Zambia's premiere provider of Counselling Training courses. Call for details or visit www.kara.org.zm

[09/24/09]   Kara Counselling is a Zambian NGO working in eight of the nine provinces of Zambia. KCTT pioneered the HIV and AIDS fight in Zambia, and has been making a difference in the lives of the needy and vulnerable with life saving interventions for over 20 years. We need your help to continue providing Palliative Care, HIV - Prevention Care and Support, Counsellor Training, VCT and other services. Make a Donation Today.

[09/22/09]   Positive and Fully alive!

[09/15/09]   Male Circumcision available at Kara Clinic, on Chachacha Road, Lusaka

[08/21/09]   www.kara.org.zm

[08/20/09]   Kara Counselling uses the unique and innovative Family-based approach in its HIV and AIDS programming.

[08/04/09]   Participated in the just ended 83rd Agricultural and Commercial Show, Lusaka, Zambia

[07/27/09]   Positive and Fully Alive!

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