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DBHIDS Selected to Host Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

News_AbigailKudzanayiNedziwe Tierra Pritchett is pleased to announce that DBHIDS has been selected to host Abigail Kudzanayi Nedziwe, a fellow from Zambia participating in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, in August and September 2016.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and support for activities in their communities.  Fellows are young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa who have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries.  Ms. Nedziwe is part of a larger group of nearly 1,000 Mandela Washington Fellows that were hosted at 36 academic and leadership institutes across the United States earlier this summer.  These exceptional young leaders met with President Obama at the end of their institutes in Washington, D.C. for a Presidential Summit, and 100 were competitively selected to spend six weeks in professional development training with U.S. non-governmental organizations, private companies, and government agencies.

Abigail Nedziwe has over five years of experience in child development and women’s empowerment. Ms. Nedziwe is currently a child development officer in the Ministry of Youth, Sport, and Child Development in Choma, Southern Province, Zambia. She works with children who drop out of schools and are forced into early marriages, rehabilitates children living on the streets, and empowers women through skills training and business entrepreneurship. Outside her professional work, she mentors girls who dropped out of school due to early pregnancy, mobilizes youth from her church to help clean the children’s ward at her local general hospital, and teaches traditional games at a local play park whenever her schedule allows. Abigail has a degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Zambia. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, she plans to continue advocating for the rights of women and children and the empowerment of vulnerable women.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a U.S. government program that is supported in its implementation by IREX.  For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit MandelaWashingtonFellowship.state.gov.