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CSSH alumna founds Zambian startup after a Northeastern global experience

A photo of Anna Butler on Northeastern campus

Anna Butler, a 2014 graduate with a degree in international affairs and political science, founded the nonprofit Modzi to bring educational opportunities to at-risk youth in Zambia.

Anna Butler wasn’t ready to leave Zambia.

It was August 2013, and Northeastern’s Human Ser­vices Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions pro­gram was wrap­ping up. As part of her pro­gram, Butler was con­ducting a capacity building project with the Foun­tain of Hope Asso­ci­a­tion, a refuge for orphaned and vul­ner­able youth in Zambia. Her work involved out­reach visits to the streets to help reha­bil­i­tate home­less youth and chil­dren in need.

When the Dia­logue pro­gram ended, Butler felt her work wasn’t fin­ished. She remained in Zambia through much of the fall in what ulti­mately became a self-​​developed inter­na­tional co-​​op. She said that expe­ri­ence led her to found Modzi, a non­profit that fills a gap she iden­ti­fied with mar­gin­al­ized children’s needs.

I loved the hands-​​on expe­ri­ence, and I could feel the impact I was making,” Anna Butler, international affairs and political science, SSH’14

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