U.S. Embassy Zambia

Youth Participation in Community Service and Local Governance

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U.S. Embassy Information Resource Center Director Wilcliff Sakala spoke to Devante Watson an activist for positive social change and a nationally acclaimed orator from the state of New Mexico, U.S.A. They discussed how university students interested in community service and/or local governance can engage in community work and local governance activities.

Devont’e has served as an advisor to the mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico and is a member of the New Mexico Youth Alliance, an advisory council to the New Mexican Legislature.  He is also a member of the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, the Executive Director for the Associated Students of the University of New Mexico Governmental Affairs, and the Project Director for the New Mexico Forum for youth at the Community’s Youth Economic Summer Institute Internship Program.

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Ambassador Schultz Launches Bus Tickets Zambia

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Ambassador Eric Schultz this week participated in the launch of “Bus Tickets Zambia” with company founder and 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit alumnus Mawano Kambeu, Minister of Commerce Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe, and Minister of Youth and Sport Vincent Mwale.  During his remarks, the Ambassador hailed the role of exchange opportunities such as the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in exposing Zambia’s entrepreneurs to new ideas and expressed U.S. support for Zambia’s young, savvy professionals as key drivers of Zambia’s long-term economic diversification and development.  The Ambassador pointed out that during a February 2015 Annual Africa Business Conference at Harvard University, Bus Tickets Zambia was named “Africa’s Best New Venture for 2015.”  Also that just this week, Mawano Kambeu was informed that the American Association for the Advancement of Science will sponsor him to be a 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit mentor.  During Minister Mwale’s remarks, he stated that the American Dream is also the Zambian Dream:  that with hard work, commitment, and a good idea, a person can successfully create a business.  The Minister also urged Zambian young people to take on President Obama’s “Yes, we can!” attitude.

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The Red Hot Breakfast Invasion Ambassador Eric Schultz

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Ambassador Eric Schultz speaks to Hope and Chi on Hot-FMs Red Hot Breakfast Invasion.  He addresses what he feels are some of Zambias major developmental challenges including mining and tourism.  For Zambia to be an African tiger, we need to maintain democracy peace and stability because that attracts investors.  We need to create a more enabling environment for business, he said during the interview.

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All about the Southern Accord Joint Exercise

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Brigadier General Peter Corey of the U.S. Army describes details and goals of a joint military training program that will take place in Zambia in August 2015, known as Southern ACCORD.  Southern ACCORD will enhance U.S., Zambian, and other African forces' capabilities in the areas of humanitarian and disaster relief operations and peacekeeping operations in sub-Saharan Africa.

About the Lusaka Water Supply, Sanitation and Drainage Project

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    Millennium Challenge Account-Zambia Communications Director John Kunda, helps us understand the Lusaka Water Supply, Sanitation and Drainage Project (LWSSDP) which represents infrastructure development, which was prioritized as a key to Zambia's economic growth.  MCA -Zambia has been established under the laws of Zambia and designated by the Government of the Republic of Zambia as the Accountable Entity to implement the $355 million Lusaka Water Supply, Sanitation and Drainage Project, funded by the American people.

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About Student and Exchange Visas

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We caught up with Otto Westhassel, Chief Consul at the U.S. Embassy to talk about Student and Exchange Visas.  Otto talks about what you need to complete your visa application and goes over the different student visa categories.
You can find more information on our web page at Zambia.usembassy.gov in the section for Visas.  You may also look at travel.state.gov.  Should you have more questions, please contact us at consularlusaka@state.gov
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Malaria Interventions in Eastern Province

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We were happy to chat with Simon Banda, Evan Brothers and Margret Ngoma to talk about Malaria interventions in Zambia spearheaded by Peace Corps. Simon is a Program and Training Specialist at Peace Corps, Evans is a Peace Corps Volunteer and Margret a Community Health Officer.  Throughout the month of March, Peace Corps Volunteers are promoting Malaria prevention in Zambia.  We are calling it March Malaria Madness Month and various activities have been lined up to ensure that malaria prevention messages reach many people in our communities.   Malaria is a disease that takes valuable time away from farmers and affects the food security of rural Zambians.  If a person thinks they have malaria they should get tested and take their full dose of Coartem. Remember to sleep under your bed net every night, every season.
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World TB Day 2015: “Reach the 3 Million: Reach, Treat, Cure Everyone”

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For nearly 10 years, the U.S. government through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – more commonly known as CDC - has worked in partnership with the Government of Zambia to reduce the burden of TB, particularly among those infected with HIV.  Our partnership has carried out ground-breaking research and provided technical assistance and financial support through the broader PEPFAR program, resulting in many benefits over the years and adding to the global body of knowledge about the TB and HIV co-epidemics.  We had a chat with Dr. Abel Kabalo Nketani, the Provincial Medical Medical Officer for Eastern Province and Mr. Marshal Sikandangwa, the TB Focal Point Person for Eastern Province to find out more about TB efforts in Eastern province.
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How to Start Non-Governmental Organizations

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We had a chat with Zilla Milupi a 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow to discuss how to setup a Non-Governmental Organization.  Zila talked about how to effectively run NGOs and how one can easily obtain information about the requirements of setting up an NGO.  Miss Milupi encouraged NGOs to look for methods of sustainability that will help them with the daily running of the office.  She also outlined the difference between standard enterprises and NGOs stating that, an NGO has a legal obligation to strictly operate within the framework of its constitution or promise to its beneficiaries and partners.  Zila has continually displayed a commitment to public service at the international, national and community levels. Through her work experience, she has served for a total of three years in leading national and international public service institutions such as the International Labor Organization, the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and the Permanent Human Rights Commission of Zambia.  

The Importance of Preserving Women’s Traditional Teachings and Culture

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We sat down with Chola Lungu Mutoni to talk about the importance of preserving Zambian traditional teachings and culture.  What does she feel can be changed and what can be done to preserve Zambian languages.  Chola has served as Executive Assistant/Project Manager to three CEOs in an International Bank and a USAID funded NGO.  She is a model, fashion designer and Zambian culture awareness promoter.  She is the founder of Katuntulu Edutainments, which specializes in hosting interactive empowerment workshops for youth and women and serves as a platform to discuss health and Zambia culture/traditional teachings.  She has a certificate in Diplomatic Practice, Protocol, and Public Relations and has a bachelor’s of arts degree in Politics and Sociology from Rhodes University in South Africa.  Chola is a 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow who participated in the program at University of Texas, Austin.