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Alumna’s startup brings educational opportunities to at-​​risk youth in Zambia

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November 18, 2015

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,” Butler, now a North­eastern alumna, said of her work on the Dia­logue. “The longer I was there, the more I real­ized the impor­tance of removing a child from vul­ner­able situations.”

She added: “I won­dered how we could not only reha­bil­i­tate a child but rein­te­grate that child into society, ulti­mately helping them to become a change-maker in their com­mu­nity. I saw a need, and though some of these chil­dren were being helped, I could see there was so much more potential.”

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