'I'm a single mum at 29 with 15 children and people didn't think I could do it'

Teacher Dora Moono Nyambe, 29, adopted 12 children and fostered three others after deciding to move to the village of Mapapa in Zambia to help alleviate poverty and open a free school

Dora Moono Nyambe moved to the village of Mapapa after a shocking visit (

Image: tiktok/@doramoononyambe)

A 29-year-old woman has spoken of her pride at adopting 12 children and fostering three others.

Dora Moono Nyambe has become an online sensation after sharing videos of her life as a mum-of-15 on Tik Tok.

The teacher was about to start work in China when she visited the village of Mapapa, in Zambia.

She was shocked by the poverty she encountered and decided to set up a free school in the village.

The mum also took in 15 children and started detailing her experience on Tik Tok, where her videos have garnered millions of views.

According to The Sun, she said: “When I started to adopt, people said I couldn’t do it because of my age and being unmarried.

The mum says she is proud to have 15 children at the age of 29
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tiktok/@doramoononyambe)

She has opened a free school in the village and installed water pumps
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tiktok/@doramoononyambe)

“I’m happy to say you were all wrong.

“I am a proud adoptive mother of 12 and fostering three.”

However, Dora’s kind-hearted acts have put her at risk in the area, she said.

The teacher has hired security guards as some people disapprove of her – as an unmarried woman – taking sick children to a modern doctor, building a school and rescuing hurt animals.

During the pandemic, Dora made sure people in the village had enough food after it was hit by shortages.

The teacher hopes to build a dormitory so the children do not have to walk for miles to school
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tiktok/@doramoononyambe)

She has also installed two water pumps to provide clean water for locals.

The mum plans to build a dormitory for the children in the future so they no longer have to walk miles to school every day.

She has also set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for a secondary school and a medical clinic.

The page says: “Over the past two years, we have been able to rescue more than fifteen girls forced into child marriages and provide for starving children in the village of Mapapa.

The mum has hired security guards due to threats over her kind-hearted actions
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Image:

tiktok/@doramoononyambe)

She also plans to open a secondary school and a medical clinic in the area
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tiktok/@doramoononyambe)

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“This was only made possible through your love and support in building an elementary boarding school. Today these children are fully clothed; receiving nutritious, daily meals; and are happy and thriving, free to play in a safe environment.

“Many of the children are now only one year from graduating elementary school. This presents us with the very real and urgent need for a secondary school.

“Without it, the children won’t be able to graduate high school and, in all likelihood, end up back where they started: living in places where food is scarce, the water unsanitary, and the girls facing the very real threat of being sold as child-brides.

“In addition, we are in desperate need of a proper medical clinic. Currently, the village clinic is a small, poorly equipped shack. What few supplies it has are frequently and easily stolen.

“The children who come to us are often in need of urgent medical care, some diagnosed with chronic illnesses. Without a proper, well-stocked clinic the children are unable to receive the care they so desperately need.”

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