President of Lubuto Pays Courtesy Call on Ambassador Dr. Simbyakula

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Founder and president of Lubuto Library Partners, Jane Meyers, and her husband Kenneth Meyers, former IMF Country Representative to Zambia (1998-2001), with Ambassador Dr. Ngosa Simbyakula

Washington D.C., Thursday September 12, 2019 – Founder and President of Lubuto Library Partners Jane Meyers paid a courtesy call on Ambassador Dr. Ngosa Simbyakula to brief him about the activities of Lubuto in Zambia. She was accompanied by her husband Kenneth Meyers – former IMF Country Representative to Zambia (1998-2001).

Lubuto, which has its headquarters in Washington, D.C., operates a regional office in Lusaka. Established in 2005, Lubuto has successfully pioneered the use of public libraries as a platform for cross-sectoral impact and challenged narrow perceptions about what a library can be and do. Lubuto open-access library centers include the Lubuto Model Library at Ngwerere Basic School in Garden Township, Mthunzi Library in west Lusaka, the Nabukuyu Library which is 23kilometres east of Monze.

Ms. Meyers said the Lubuto Library Centers have served over 150,000 young people, with about 2,000 persons visiting their centers each week. Lubuto promotes inclusion by proactively reaching out to highly-vulnerable children and youth, including out-of-school children, street children, adolescent mothers, children with disabilities, and other stigmatized or marginalized groups. The centers are a safe haven and refuge for children needing help as well as HIV and AIDS education. Lubuto has also provide shelter partnered with traditional leaders in Southern Province to fight early marriages and promote education.