I am a Zambian-Canadian and graduate from the University of the Fraser Valley.
I completed a degree in Child and Youth Care, which is a diverse and strengths based approach to working with children, youth, and families. In my third year I was the first student from my program to have completed a practicum overseas. I interned in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with KidzCare, and Ndola, Zambia with Mercy Touch Mission International. Both of these non-governmental organizations function with the purpose of housing and supporting vulnerable, disabled, and orphaned children and youth; amongst other marginalized populations.
In thefourth year of my degree, I specialized in child welfare/protection with the government sector: the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
While working with an NGO in Zambia I was also granted the opportunity to participate in the co-facilitation of two workshops in Lusaka under Save the Children; with the goal of informing children and youth about their rights and gathering research and information to be used in the upcoming child-friendly version of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.
I have had almost 2 years of experience working as the International Director of Homes for the NGO Mercy Touch Mission International where I serve as the liaison between the Zambian and Canadian office.
On the ground I oversee the children’s homes and work with Social Welfare to ensure that policies and procedures are being followed, and that the children are protected and well-taken care of. I also work to oversee the housemothers and various departments to ensure that all areas are functioning as they should.
I have recently been accepted to the Masters in Globalization program at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario which will begin in September, 2015. This program will provide me with adequate and sound knowledge, skills, experience, and opportunities for networking; as well as opportunities to learn various disciplines that will further the level of my education.