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Zambian YouthIT Citizen Exchange
Washington, ,  DC, 1-7 July 2007

Ten Zambian young adults are in D.C. from July 1st through 6th through their participation in the Youth Information Technology Micro-enterprise Project-Zambia (YouthIT-Zambia), a project designed to support job skills training, employment and entrepreneurship development for Zambian youth. They are the winners of a competitive business plan competition.
Through a business plan competition representatives of nine “plans” have been selected for travel to the U.S. from June 30th to July 14th. The first week will be in Washington, DC from (1st-6th,   July) and the second week will be in Los Angeles, California (7-13 July). The Zambian citizens will be hosted by host families for their stay in D.C.
The winners were announced at an exciting ceremony five weeks ago in Lusaka that included remarks from the U.S. Ambassador to Zambia, the Zambian Minister of Health and the Rotary District Governor, Patrick Coleman. Also at the event were representatives from the various local partners with whom we have collaborated on this project. These include, first and foremost, Lusaka Club Rotarians who have been intensely involved in all aspects of project development. (One member of which, Mr. Ghazi Hussain, will be coming as part of the citizen exchange visit.) Other project partners have included International Youth Foundation, Africare-Zambia, Students Partnership Worldwide and PACT-Zambia.

While they are in D.C. from July 1st to July 6th, they will participate in cultural site visits and meetings at the offices of interested project stakeholders. They will go to southern California from July 7th to 14th for a similar sets of visits where they will be hosted by a network of southern California Rotary clubs (e.g. Altadena, Irvine, Simi Valley) who have also been involved.

Dr. Ariel King and Tony Bloome had the good fortune to be part of the citizen exchange component of the project in September 2006 and March 2007 respectively.

YouthIT Citizen Exchange Participants
1. Ms. Kapasa MUSONDA – Le Kay Fashion
2. Ms. Princess Sampa Kameela CHILESHE – MIPS Milling
3. Ms. Racheal MOFYA – M&N Bee Products
5. Mr. Kennedy KOMBE – Sausage Production
6. Ms. Esnart M'TONGA – Y2Y Net
7. Mr. Patrick Daniel LUMU – HL Steel
8. Mr. Terrence SIMFUKWE – Image Centre Studio

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Dr. Ariel King is the President and CEO of Ariel Consulting International, a consulting company that builds public private partnerships worldwide with a focus on developing countries in Africa, Middle-East, Latin America, Pacific Islands and the Caribbean.

Dr. King has over 20 year of experience working with multi-lateral, non-governmental organizations and faith based organizations in the areas of international health, international policy, and management. She has worked with the World Health Organization, and United Nations in Geneva. Dr. King is currently the United Nations' Representative for the National Council of Women of the United States.

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