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Alexandra Chen, Zambia, Peace Corps Volunteer

Alexandra served as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in a Zambian village working on fish farming and public health. She extended her work to partner with the Technology Development and Advisory Unit (TDAU) at the University of Zambia. Alexandra splits her time between building capacity at TDAU and coordinating the launch of Appropriate Technology centers for Peace Corps Zambia.

Henry Chilufya, Lusaka, Zambia, Peace Corps Staff

Henry provides training and technical support to volunteers and counterparts in sustainable agriculture, agroforestry, beekeeping, and appropriate technology. He attended the MIT D-Lab’s International Design and Development Summit in Ghana and participated in three D-Lab trainings in Zambia. Henry is the lead staff in setting up Peace Corps Zambia’s Appropriate Technology centers.

Elizabeth Spellman, Woburn, Massachusetts, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Zambia

Elizabeth served as a Peace Corps health volunteer from February 2008 to May 2011 in Zambia. In her first two years, she focused primarily on nutrition and sustainable agriculture, working with home-based caregivers. In her third year, Elizabeth worked as volunteer leader and wrote the training manual for new volunteer leaders.

Kofi Taha, Watertown, Massachusetts, D-Lab/MIT

Kofi co-leads D-Lab’s Creative Capacity Building projects. These efforts strive to teach the technology design process to people living in poverty and to support sustainable local innovation. D-Lab, a program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, works to develop and implement sustainable, low-cost technology to improve the quality of life in low-income households. Kofi has facilitated training in Ghana, Uganda, and Haiti, and worked with Peace Corps Zambia to establish its Appropriate Technology centers.

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