Peace Corps

Background Information

What Is Peace Corps?

Peace Corps is a United States Volunteer Organization dedicated to grassroots development and economic growth in developing countries. It was officially created by the United States Congress in September 1961 under the leadership of President John F. Kennedy.

As the Peace Corps comes to celebrate its 50th year anniversary in 2011, more than 195,000 Americans will have served in the agency as representative of the United States commitment to helping people around the world achieve economic independence and sustainable development. At the request of host governments, Peace Corps Volunteers have worked in over one hundred countries in Africa, Asia, South America and Eastern Europe. In 2009, 7,876 Volunteers will have served in a total of 126 countries around the world, including Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Goals of Peace Corps

Peace Corps provides technical assistance by sending qualified Volunteers to work on development projects requested by the host country.

Peace Corps concentrates most of its efforts on rural development and adheres to a philosophy of helping people help themselves, emphasizing the transfer of skills to host country counterparts and the use of appropriate technology. During a two year tour of service, a Volunteer is assigned to work on a specific project in agriculture, health, environment, small business development, education or community development.

Peace Corps is not a political organization. The Volunteers are placed at the grassroots level to live and work directly with the people of the countries in which they serve. They are guided by the three goals set forth by President Kennedy in 1961 to help to promote world peace and friendship:

  1. Help the people of interested countries meet their needs for qualified people: Peace Corps relies on the host country to select projects and decide what role the Volunteers will play in the host country’s development plan. Volunteers often work in close collaboration with other development organizations such as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and donors under the direction of the relevant Government Ministries. Volunteer efforts complement the development strategy of host governments.
  2. Promote a better understanding of Americans on behalf of other people of the world: Volunteers reflect the diversity of the American people and therefore enable the people of the country where the Peace Corps serve to better understand the United States and its people. For many people in the developing world, the United States is forever linked to the Peace Corps Volunteer who served in their village or town. The friendship formed by working and living together are lasting bonds that continue across the continents.
  3. Promote a better understanding of other people in the world on behalf of Americans: When Volunteers return to the United States, they become unofficial host country ambassadors. They share their understanding of the countries and people they have known for two years by speaking at schools, business and social organizations. Their pictures, artifacts and stories allow thousands of Americans to expand their understanding of other cultures and places.

President Kennedy on July 4, 1963: "Peace Corps Volunteers bring home important skills and experience which will greatly enhance our knowledge of the world and strengthen our role in international affairs."

The Peace Corps in Zambia

History: Peace Corps Zambia first opened its program in 1994 with a group of Water and Sanitation/Hygiene Education Volunteers (WASHE). In 1996, the program expanded to include a Community Action for Health Project (CAHP) and a Rural Aquaculture Promotion (RAP) project. In 2001 the WASHE and CAHP programs were merged and a new project was added, Linking Income, Food, and Environment (LIFE). In 2003 a fourth program was initiated, Learning at Taonga Market (LTM), which was later changed to the Rural Education Development (RED) project. Through funding from PEPFAR, a fifth HIV/AIDS project (HAP) was started in 2004 focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention and care. In November 2009, the HAP and CAHP projects were merged to form the new Health Project, called Community Health Improvement Project (CHIP).

Present Status: Approximately 160 volunteers live and work in eight of Zambia’s nine Provinces. A staff of 30 based in Lusaka and a staff of 6 based in six provinces provide volunteer support.

Additionally, there are up to 10 Peace Corps Response Volunteers who work primary with NGO’s on HIV/AIDS education and prevention.

Programs - Community Health Improvement Project: The Health Project strives to complement the Zambian government’s effort to decentralize health care services to the community level. Volunteers primarily work with and empower the village level Neighborhood Health Committees. Preventative health care is their primary emphasis, including HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention and reducing food and water contamination.

Rural Aquaculture Promotion: Volunteers involved in rural aquaculture, in close collaboration with the Department of Fisheries, help develop the quality and quantify of fish culture activities in rural farming communities. These activities increase food security and provide cash incomes for the fish farmers.

Linking Income, Food and Environment: In the LIFE project Volunteers focuses on promotion of adoption of sustainable agriculture technologies and techniques, capacity building for teachers in schools to organize environmental clubs in undertaking activities linked to the environmental education themes identified by schools and surrounding communities, helping community members to improve their incomes and income-generating opportunities by either implementing alternative income generating activities or expanding current micro-enterprises.

Rural Education Development: The Rural Education Development (RED) Project aims to assist the Ministry of Education (MOE) in improving the quality of and access to basic education, particularly at the zonal level. By working closely with Zone Center Schools, Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) support the effective implementation of current MOE initiatives (SIMON, SPRINT & others) in all GRZ and community schools within their assigned zone. They work with teachers to implement learner-centered teaching methods, and with parent committees to encourage community investment in education. PCVs also often work at District Education offices, and with other MOE partners in implementing projects.

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P.O. Box 50707 71A Kabulonga Road
c/o American Embassy/Lusaka
Lusaka Kabulonga, Lusaka Department of State
Zambia Zambia Washington, DC 20521-2310

Email: FSurname@peacecorps.gov e.g. the email address for Ivy Nawa would be inawa@peacecorps.gov

Peace Corps and Embassy Office Numbers 

  • PC Primary 260-211-357-000
  • PC Primary 260-211-260-377/264-958/264-995
  • PC Alternate 260-211-261-072 / 260-946 / 262-026
  • 24 hour PC duty phone/emergencies 260-976-645444 • Embassy 260-211-357-000
  • Embassy 260-211-357-000
  • Embassy After Hours 260-211-252-234
  • Embassy Fax 260-211-252-225
  • PC Fax 260-211-260-685
  • PC Medical Duty Cell Phone 260-0979-093444
  • PC Medical Eyes Only Fax 260-211-260-529
  • PC Medical Office 260-211-260-529 
  • PC Training Center 260-211-097-790-345/0966-780-675

Peace Corps Zambia Offices and Staff

Country Director

  • Thomas Kennedy, Country Director
  • Dorothy Musonda, Office Manager/Grants Manager
  • Allan Mukonta, Safety and Security Officer

Programming and Training

  • Heather Robinson, Director of Program andTraining
  • George N. Sikota, Training Manager
  • Donald Phiri, Project Manager/Environment LIFE
  • Cleopher Bweupe, Project Manager /Fisheries RAP
  • Hellen De Jonghe, Associate Director/Education RED
  • Beene Hango’mba, Project Manager /Health CHIP
  • Jo Musonda, PEPFAR Manager
  • Simon Banda, Programming and Training Specialist, Health Project
  • Namonje Jemima Nakanyika, Program and Training Specialist, Health Project
  • Annie Nyirenda, Programming and Training Specialist, Education Project
  • Stella Mungaila, Programming and Training Specialist, Education Project
  • Fraser Kaseya, Programming and Training Specialist, Fisheries Project
  • Donald Namushi, Programming and Training Specialist, Fisheries Project
  • Benny Mwaanga, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
  • Catherine Mulima, Program and Training Specialist – Training
  • Whiteson Mwaba, Language and Cross Culture Coordinator
  • Vivian Kalabi, Program & Training Assistant
  • Sally-Rose Mwachilenga, Peace Corps Response/Extensions Coordinator


  • Chileshe Bwalya Takawira, Medical Secretary
  • Dr. Dawn Camara, PCMO
  • Walter Kittoe, PCMO
  • Nalishebo Kwaleyela PCMO


  • Jason Bennett, Senior Director of Management and Operations
  • Ivy Nawa, Director of Management and Operations
  • David Chiwisa, Human Resource Specialist
  • Wina Lisulo, Budget Analyst
  • David Nyambe, Financial Assistant
  • Thomas Mupashi, Voucher Examiner
  • Temwa Kaluba, Cashier
  • Linah Mahembe, Receptionist
  • Teddy Mbweeda, IT Specialist
  • Sibongile M’hambi, Travel Coordinator
  • Karen Hachibiti, Travel Coordinator


  • Shachibonde Kasanda, GSM
  • Shepherd Mwandalesa, Motorpool Supervisor
  • O’Bren Munsanje, Driver
  • David Mukumbi, Driver
  • Frank Lungu, Driver/ Expeditor
  • Jameson Mubanga, Driver

Peace Corps Zambia Regional Offices and Staff:

Northern Kasama

  • Elaston Mwanza, Provincial General Services Assistant
  • Jonathan Kamwendo, Peace Corps Provincial Program Coordinator

Eastern, Chipata

  • Kennedy Chama, Provincial General Services Assistant
  • Sunday Silungwe, Peace Corps Provincial Program Coordinator

Central, Serenje

  • Francis Nkonde, Provincial General Services Assistant
  • David A. Phiri, Peace Corps Provincial Program Coordinator

Northwestern, Solwezi

  • Patrick Kalumba, Provincial General Services Assistant
  • Charles Chunda, Peace Corps Provincial Program Coordinator

Luapula, Mansa

  • Manowa Sichila, Provincial General Services Assistant 
  • Alfred Phiri, Peace Corps Provincial Program Coordinator

Southern, Choma

  • Dickson Malwele, Provincial General Services Assistant 
  • Jebros Fumbelo, Site Development Coordinator
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