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Former First Lady Laura Bush visits Africare-Zambia

 


 

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2012 --

On July 2, former U.S. first lady Laura Bush visited the Lufutuko Community School in Kabwe where Africare-Zambia is currently running its “Sustainability Through Economic Strengthening, Prevention & Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children” (STEPS OVC) program.

STEPS OVC is funded by USAID to ensure high-quality prevention, care and support for those affected by – and vulnerable to – HIV and AIDS in Africa. Africare began its commitment to the Lufutuko Community School in 2005 through various efforts, and now trains caregivers to work with the orphans and vulnerable children in and around the Kawama area.

Mutinta Mwananyanda started the Lufutuko Community School in 2004 with one volunteer-teacher and 12 pupils to address the need for children’s growth and development. Since then, Mwananyanda has gained recognition from around the world for her work and leadership, which prompted the visit by the former first lady.

Mrs. Bush, a former teacher and librarian, is known for her work in the advancement and promotion of health and wellness for women and families worldwide. During her trip to the Lufutuko site, she enjoyed songs performed by the pupils, toured the school grounds, conversed with Africare caregivers and read her book “Read All About It,” before gifting the pupils with school supplies, clothes, toiletries, games and books.  

July 2 is a holiday in Zambia, so to accommodate the former first lady’s visit; Lufutuko pupils were recalled to school.  Sixth grader Scholastica Chama, on behalf of the entire school, presented Mrs. Bush with a personalized thank you note.

“The visit went on well with Mrs. Bush,” said Africare-Zambia Country Director Paul Chimedza. “We had the opportunity to discuss Africare’s support for the orphans and vulnerable children and both she and the U.S. Ambassador were grateful for the support that Africare, Headmistress Mwananyanda and the village caregivers are rendering to the children.”

Mrs. Mwananyanda started Salvation and Healing Ministries out of her home in 1993, and with aid from Silverwood Trust, was able to expand in to the Lufutuko Community School is 2004.

Read more about Mrs. Bush’s visit to the Lufutuko Community School at the Bush Center and learn more about Africare’s programs in Zambia on our country page.

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