The Lubuto Team
President & Founder
Jane’s experience in library development and implementation spans four decades. She has organized libraries for USAID’s Office of Women in Development, Sahel Development Program, Asia Bureau and other offices to coordinate them with the USAID Library. At the World Bank, in the early 1980s, she established and marketed library and information services in the Bank’s central agricultural advisory department. In the mid- to late-1980s, under a World Bank-financed project in Malawi, Jane managed the establishment of the government’s network of agricultural research libraries and was cited in Science magazine for her innovation in bringing the first CD-ROM to Africa. From the early 1990s through 2001, she served as a consultant to the Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development, the FAO, the U.S. National Agricultural Library, the USIA’s MLK Jr. Library and Information Resource Center in Zambia, and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communications Programs. She has given invited presentations at conferences of the ALA, SLA, Pennsylvania and New Jersey Library Associations, library schools at the University of Alabama, University of South Carolina, University of Pittsburgh, Drexel University, Simmons College, the D-Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Brooklyn Public Library and the Library of Congress.
Jane, who received her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Arizona and her Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Maryland, has been widely recognized for her professional achievements. In 2007, she was awarded the Dow Jones Factiva Leadership Award by the Special Libraries Association (SLA) and, in 2008, was recognized by the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies as its Distinguished Alumna of the year. In 2012, the American Library Association (ALA) awarded Jane the John Ames Humphrey/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship, its highest honor in international librarianship. The U.K. Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals recognized her with its 2010 International Award and, in 2013, the Washington, DC Library Association recognized her outstanding achievements in the development or improvement of library and information services with its Rand Spofford President’s Award.
Acting Country Director
Hadassah first volunteered with Lubuto in July 2013 and joined as a full-time staff member a few months later. She started out as a Program Manager, responsible for data collection and analysis to evaluate Lubuto’s work, as well as administrative tasks and event organization, but recently moved into new roles with more responsibility. Hadassah holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations & Management from Ulyanovsk State University in Russia. While living in Russia, she worked as a counselor, function organizer, and English teacher at the Alliance Française de Togliatti and as a weather forecaster and cultural presenter for Reporter Television Station. Working with Lubuto has given Hadassah the opportunity to use her education and skills to serve the children of Lubuto and Zambia at large.
Director of Library Services
Elizabeth began volunteering with Lubuto in 2011 and was subsequently hired to work as the Program Associate for Lubuto in Washington, DC. She spent two years in that position before returning to her hometown of Milwaukee to complete an MLIS at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Elizabeth also holds a bachelor’s degree in Development Studies from Marlboro College (VT). Before coming to work for Lubuto in Zambia, she worked as a children’s librarian, the operations manager for an international high school program, and a teacher of English as a Second Language. She has previously lived in Ghana, China, and Germany. Her first experience in Zambia was leading a research project evaluating Lubuto’s book collections in 2014, and she is thrilled to be back in Zambia long-term as Lubuto’s Director of Library Services.
Library Manager, Lubuto Model Library
Besa joined Lubuto in September 2013, overseeing daily operations in two Lubuto libraries operational in Lusaka at the time, and training library staff and volunteers. In 2017, she was selected as one of 19 African librarians to participate in the first IYALI (Initiative Young African Library Innovators) learning experience, where she was able to see good library services in action in many countries. She now is the manager of the Lubuto Model Library at the Ngwerere School in Lusaka. She has a double major degree in Library & Information Science and Public Administration from the University of Zambia. Prior to her work with Lubuto, Besa held positions with the Professional Teachers Union of Zambia and the Post Newspapers. Her passion is to see an increase in literacy levels among Zambian citizens and to protect children’s rights. She hopes to change the negative perception the general public has about libraries in Africa by showing the outcomes of highly professional children and youth library services, and to remove colonial tendencies by making sure that people understand the benefits and accessibility of libraries through the provision of quality customer service, publishing products, facilities and easy information access.
Ministry of General Education Librarian
Dinah joined Lubuto in January 2017 through the Zambian Ministry of General Education. She holds a certificate in Library and Information Studies, and before working for the Ministry of General Education, served as an assistant library officer at Mindolo Economic Foundation (MEF) and Kitwe Community Development College. Dinah is responsible for story time at the Lubuto Model Library Ngwerere as well as helping with outreach efforts into the surrounding community to extend Lubuto’s influence further.
Assistant Family Literacy Coordinator
Mwaba started out volunteering for Lubuto in 2015, and she joined our team as an employee just two years later. She holds a diploma in Computer Studies from Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce, and prior to being hired by LLP, she worked as a junior Customer Support associate for both Tech Mahindra Group and Phoenix Professional Limited. In her position as Assistant Family Literacy Coordinator, Mwaba has enjoyed getting to help children and adolescents learn to read and write, and she is now using her technology background to teach computer literacy as well.
Eleni holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the National Technical University of Athens, and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley, where she advanced to candidacy for a PhD in architecture. She was the recipient of a NATO graduate fellowship and was awarded the Eisner Prize in Urban Design. She is a licensed architect engineer in Greece and a registered corporate member of the Zambia Institute of Architects. In her professional career, Ms. Coromvli has been a lecturer in architecture at UC Berkeley, an architect-researcher at the Center for Environmental Structure, and the proprietor of her own architecture and urban design firm in Zambia. She was a team member for Christopher Alexander’s Eishin College project in Tokyo, Japan, which has been recognized as one of the world’s great buildings. Among numerous other projects in the US, she contributed to the design of medium-density townships in the New Jersey wetlands, high-density housing projects in Oakland, California, and the Julian Street Shelter for the Homeless in San Jose, California. Mr. Coromvli is an expert on Zambia’s indigenous architecture, and she designed and managed the construction of Lubuto Libraries at the Fountain of Hope children’s center, the Ngwerere Basic School, the Matantala Rural Integrated Enterprise, the Mthunzi Centre, and the BICC in Choma.
Michael joined the Lubuto team in 2015. He manages the website and assists with communication and donor management. He studied art history as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago and historic preservation as a graduate student at Columbia University. Michael studied abroad in South Africa and has spent time in several Middle Eastern countries for work and research. Before his time with Lubuto, Michael worked as a paralegal and in higher education administration.
Data Entry Assistant
Nzala joined Lubuto in November 2017 as a volunteer and was hired the next year as a Data Entry Associate. She is in her fourth year of a bachelor’s in Demography & Statistics at the University of Zambia, and previously worked with World Vision to learn about monitoring and evaluation. Working with LLP has allowed Nzala to be a part of a community-based service that creates real change in real life situations, and she feels like Lubuto has become her “family away from home.”
Michelle recently finished her master’s in Intercultural Mediation through a European Union ERASMUS Mundus program and immediately moved to DC to work with Lubuto. Having grown up in Cameroon, she has a deep love for Africa, and working with LLP gives her an amazing opportunity both to connect with another African nation and to learn more about what sustainable, respectful development looks like in the real world. Since graduating from Rice University with her bachelor’s in French Studies, Michelle has lived in Cameroon, France, Belgium, and Mexico, during which time she worked as a teacher and a freelance copyeditor, translator, and researcher. She is excited to use what she has learned to help Lubuto continue to change the lives of vulnerable children in Zambia.
Kenneth is passionate about working with children, especially those in need. Having spent part of his own childhood living on the street before getting back into school, he joined Project Concern International (PCI) as an outreach officer for Africa KidSafe after graduating from secondary school in 2005. He then worked at Fountain of Hope and eventually became the outreach manager. During that time, he obtained certificates in BQCC and psychological counseling from Kara Counseling and Training Centre, in first aid from the Red Cross, and in several other areas related to working with children. In 2007, Kenneth joined the theatre company Barefeet, reaching out to street children through music, dance, and drama. He then joined Lubuto Library Partners, where he has continued to work in drama and outreach, as well as becoming a Lubuto mentor. Kenneth has seen thousands of children’s lives changed in positive ways through those programs, and he maintains his enthusiasm and energy for connecting more and more children with Lubuto libraries’ services.
Musopa Kalenga joined Lubuto in October 2016 as the Scholarship Program Associate under the DREAMS Innovation Challenge grant. Prior to this, she worked with various NGOs promoting Girl Child Education in Zambia, and she was appointed as one of the DREAMS Ambassadors in Zambia by PEPFAR after winning a writing competition. In 2016, she was also selected as the winner of the Time Capsule Competition launched by the United Nations Industrial Organization (UNIDO) and the world’s largest youth-led organization, AIESEC. Because of this, she was invited to represent African youth at UNIDO’s 50th anniversary conference, held at the United Nations in Vienna, Austria. She has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Development from Mulungushi University in Zambia.
Stephen began working for Lubuto Library Partners as a caretaker for the Ngwerere Lubuto Model Library in 2010 where he learned how to do shelving and shelf reading. He also helped facilitate the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program, and he was promoted to the position of Library Technician. Through his work, he has developed friendships with the children he works with, and he knows that many children are benefiting from the services of Lubuto, including his own. Stephen aspires to return to school in order to earn formal credentials in Library Science.
Gender Outreach Coordinator
Chishimba’s passion for empowering girls and young women through access to knowledge led her to join Lubuto’s team as the Gender Outreach Coordinator. In addition to her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from the University of Zambia, she was appointed as a DREAMS Ambassador by USAID. She now uses the knowledge she gained from this role to help build up a community of determined, well-informed young women through the mentoring activities at Lubuto. Working with LLP to raise awareness of gender issues is a dream come true for Chishimba, and she loves getting to connect with these girls who are so much like her younger self.
Technical Services Librarian
After completing her studies in the UK and returning to Zambia, Tukiya started volunteering with Lubuto in October 2016. Three months later, she joined the team as a full-time Lubuto librarian! She has worked in public health and teaching, as well as administration, marketing, development consulting, and hotel management, and she holds a bachelor’s in Development Studies and a master’s in Poverty and Development. From a young age, Tukiya wanted to help improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children and youth, and she believes that working for Lubuto gives her a sustainable platform to meet the needs of these children through library programming.
Family Literacy Coordinator
Brendah joined Lubuto in 2012 as a program facilitator for mentoring, drama, and outreach, and she soon became a full-time facilitator of mentoring and other library programs. Brendah has a certificate in Record Management and has acquired facilitation and management skills through workshops which have helped her work more effectively with children. Before joining Lubuto, she worked as an Outreach Officer with orphans and vulnerable children through Africa Kid Safe, a part of Project Concern International (PCI). She believes that each child has the capacity to thrive and realize their potential, and working with Lubuto has taught her to value reading and literacy. Today, Brendah is a Librarian and the Program Assistant of Family Literacy Programs under DREAMS.
Administration & Human Resources Manager
Suzan has worked as a cashier, stores accounts assistant, store supervisor/buyer, and management trainee at Zamcapitol Enterprises. She also worked as a note examiner at the Bank of Zambia, an office coordinator at the Ghana consulate (now the Ghana High Commission in Zambia), a personal assistant/bookkeeper at MLFC, an executive personal assistant at Postdotnet, and a researcher at Poverty Action (IPA). Suzan has a BA in Development Studies and Sociology from the University of Zambia, a certificate in counseling, a certificate of attendance in Zambian Labour laws, and is currently taking graduate level courses in Chartered Secretaries and Administration from ICSA – The Governance Institute in the UK. She joined Lubuto in 2017, and has learned a lot about social development through the activity programs offered at our libraries. Her goal is to use her strong administrative skills to keep the national office organized and to keep program activities running smoothly, efficiently, and effectively.
Having worked independently as a taxi driver, personal driver, cashier, and supervisor, Andrew joined Lubuto Library Partners in October 2014. During his time here, he has learned the importance of teamwork, how to work with both able and disabled children, and how to meet set targets. Andrew attended secondary school at Chakunkula GCE Center in Lusaka, where he earned a certificate in 2004.
Muyambango joined Lubuto in January 2017 as a Driver/Field Officer. Born in Lusaka, he went to both public and private schools in the city. Before joining our staff, he worked as a salesman/driver for BETSA Enterprises and then for Elevolution. He holds a certificate in machine operation for excavators, TLBs, and tractors, but he loves what he does at Lubuto because he enjoys working with the children.
Enesto was one of the first beneficiaries of the Lubuto Library Programs in 2007 at Fountain of Hope Lubuto Library. He volunteered as a library assistant from 2008-2009 and became a designer for LLP’s ACR LubutoLiteracy classes as well as assisting in their use in the libraries. In 2009, Enesto was awarded a scholarship by Lubuto to take a course in visual arts at the Visual Arts Council of Zambia (VAC). His art work has been exhibited in many galleries, including the Stella Jones Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana (USA), the Henry Tayali Gallery in Lusaka, and the stART Foundation Gallery. In 2015, Enesto completed grade 12 at Lusaka Secondary School. He is passionate about art, and he wants to share his experience with the children he works with to build future generations of artists in Zambia.
Acting M&E Officer
Tamara holds an associates in Business Administration from Vincennes University and a bachelor’s in International Affairs & Development from Murray State University, both in the United States. Prior to joining the Lubuto team, she worked as a project officer for the Zambia Federation of Employers, an assessor for Serenity Harm Reduction Programme Zambia (SHARPZ), and a junior consultant for the UN International Labour Organization. After volunteering with Lubuto for several months—helping with DREAMS Mentoring and other library tasks—Tamara was hired in June 2018 to help with monitoring and evaluation.
Aidah, a single mother of 6 children and an inspiration to many single mothers, started her education in Harare, Zimbabwe at Rugare Primary School. She later moved to Zambia, and in 2012, she joined Lubuto as an office assistant. She has been a great contributor to Lubuto’s growth and remains passionate about the children Lubuto supports.