U.S. Ambassador Schultz opens first ASHA-funded Lubuto LibrarY, June 8, 2017

This library is...a visible symbol of the partnership that exists between the American people and the Zambian people.
U.S. Ambassador to Zambia H.E. Eric Schultz

Hundreds of people joined us to celebrate the opening of the Lubuto Mthunzi American Youth Library in peri-urban Lusaka West.

U.S. Ambassador H.E. Eric Schultz and Judie Feedham's family, joined by our honored guests

U.S. Ambassador H.E. Eric Schultz and Judie Feedham's family, joined by our honored guests

Mthunzi is the first Lubuto Library supported by USAID's American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program. Co-funding for the library was generously provided by U.S. citizen Judie Feedham. ASHA supports construction and purchase of commodities for U.S. organizations operating overseas that demonstrate the leadership, innovations and best practices of the United States in health and education.

The ASHA grant provided complete funding for the construction of the library, including a solar power installation, as well as funding to purchase a carefully-planned core book collection. Judie Feedham's co-funding supported all of the other costs—primarily personnel—associated with establishing this library.

In the time ahead, you will be able to find out for yourselves why this library is your special place. It is a safe place that is open to all of the children and youth in this community. A place where you all belong. If you have siblings or friends who are deaf or blind, this library is also for them.
Jane Kinney Meyers

Thanks to the generosity of the American people, this new Lubuto Library will bring joy, enrichment and enlightenment to thousands more Zambian children—particularly the most vulnerable.

The library was constructed on the grounds of its host organization, the Mthunzi Centre, a key community resource organization that offers shelter, food, education, vocational training, sports and recreation and health services and counseling. Lubuto's relationship with Mthunzi dates back to 2006, when Lubuto President Jane Kinney Meyers began discussing the possibility of hosting a Lubuto library with Mthunzi Centre Director Malama Mazaba. This partnership builds on the key role Mthunzi plays in supporting vulnerable youth.

Dance performance by the Mthunzi Cultural Group

Opening ceremonies

Lubuto President and Founder Jane Meyers, Country Director Kasonde Mukonde, Director of Library Services Elizabeth Giles and Program Manager Hadassah Kusukumya then—all sporting clothing made with African Library and Information Association and Institution (AfLIA) fabric—raised a AfLIA curtain to reveal the official plaque announcing:      "The Lubuto Mthunzi American Youth Library established 2017: a gift to the       young people of Zambia from USAID and American citizen Judie Feedham       created by Lubuto Library Partners in partnership with Mthunzi Centre."

Lubuto President and Founder Jane Meyers, Country Director Kasonde Mukonde, Director of Library Services Elizabeth Giles and Program Manager Hadassah Kusukumya then—all sporting clothing made with African Library and Information Association and Institution (AfLIA) fabric—raised a AfLIA curtain to reveal the official plaque announcing:

     "The Lubuto Mthunzi American Youth Library established 2017: a gift to the
      young people of Zambia from USAID and American citizen Judie Feedham
      created by Lubuto Library Partners in partnership with Mthunzi Centre."

Judie Feedham, accompanied by daughters Bridget, Eileen and Jessie (left to right)

Judie Feedham, accompanied by daughters Bridget, Eileen and Jessie (left to right)

Ambassador Schultz tours library grounds with Jane Meyers

Ambassador Schultz tours library grounds with Jane Meyers

Mthunzi Library staff read to children in talking circle


Visit Mthunzi!

 

    Mthunzi Library

    Fernigrove, Kasupe Rd
    Opposite Rivonia, Off Mungwi Rd
    Lusaka West, Zambia

Directions from Lusaka City Centre:

  1. Drive North on Lumumba Rd.
  2. At Barloworld, turn left onto Mungwi Rd.
  3. Drive on Mungwi Rd. for approx. 5.3km to Sikale past Zambian Breweries and Zambeef store
  4. At Sikale Wood Manufacturers turn right
  5. After 5.4km, find sign for Mthunzi Centre on left side

All roads are tarred until Mthunzi sign- 400m gravel