Zambian Board of Directors
We are proud to be guided by our Zambian Board: bringing Zambian perspective, culture, energy, and expertise to the work we do.
Cecilia Nsofu Mutale, Board Member
Nsofu is a registered nurse with a passion for Women’s Health. She has been serving her community by providing health services for over 20 years. She is an expert in many fields within the nursing profession, including family planning, infant care, and counselling and care for those living with HIV/AIDs. She is excited to collaborate with Bakashana and assist the program in countless ways.
Lubona Mabeti, Board Member
Lubona has worked with education in the Northern Province for the last five years. She has many professional and personal persuits that keep her very busy. As a graduate of one of the schools that we work most closely with, Laura Girls, she can relate with the girls of our program in many ways. As an entrepreneur and fashionista, the girls look up to her as a mentor and role model and her confidence, joyful spirit, and positive attitude bring so much to the Bakashana team.
Ivy Kapole, Vice Chairperson
Ivy Briget Kapole is the Deputy Head Teacher of Kasama Girls Secondary School, and has worked with the Zambian Ministry of Education for over 35 years. As a mother and “born teacher”, her passion for and commitment to young women’s education have served as foundations for her career and life. She has worked with Bakashana for the last two years, and is excited to become more involved in the program.
Christopher Chileshe, Board Chairperson
Christopher Chileshe is Head Teacher at Kasenda Basic School in Kasama, and has worked with the Zambian Ministry of Education for over 35 years. As a co-founder, Mr. Chileshe has been with our program since the beginning, and has played an essential role in the formation and vision of this program. His passion for education, his humble beginnings, and his role as a male ally for women in a male-dominated society bring balance and perspective to our program. In addition to holding a two-year teacher’s certificate, Mr. Chileshe also has a BA in Human Resource Management. He has been sought out by various development organizations including the Peace Corps and Volunteer Services Organization (VSO) to develop training models for volunteers in Zambia and Cambodia. In fact, Mr. Chileshe is one of few Zambians to have lived in Cambodia, and even speaks some Khmer! Mr. Chileshe carries a strong presence in the Kasama community; he is an integral member of the Provincial Education team. His connections and access to Ministry and other officials has helped secure Bakashana’s niche in Kasama.
Juliet Chanda, Board Member
Juliet has over 8 years experience working in both local and international non-profit organizations. She holds a degree in Community Development. She is a mother of two and her growing family keep her busy and full of love. Her passion for social service and human interaction have motivated her to work closely with Bakashana. She is passionate about female emowerment and entrepreneurship and hopes to bring her flexibility and integrity to helping more and more young women in Kasama pursue their future of their choice.