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.
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.
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.
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