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