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Lifelong Memories from Kabwe

July 2, 2012 by Charity Wallace

Today, Mrs. Bush visited the college of education where she met with students training to be teachers and their professors. Several of the students shared the challenges they have faced, including the loss of one or both parents. But, despite their difficulties, these young people are persevering. Mrs. Bush encouraged the students, telling stories of the teachers that inspired her to take up the profession. She reminded the students of the way in which they can inspire the next generation. From the college, Mrs. Bush traveled to Lufutuko Community School where she was welcomed by singing children. Founder, Mutinta Mwanayanda, told Mrs. Bush that she learned an important lesson at 10 years old from her father - a farmer - who generously gave food to neighbors and friends in need. From him, she learned the importance of helping others. This lesson inspired her to start a school and church under a tree which has grown to a Ministry of Education accredited school. Mrs. Bush experienced the great teaching at the school while sitting in a reading and math class, and shared her love of learning with students as she read her children's book, "Read All About It." She had the opportunity to visit with community workers who assist orphans and vulnerable children through a USAID program (Africare). After observing the distribution of a deworming pill for all the students (which has proven to raise their test scores because the nutrients they consume are not all eaten by worms), Mrs. Bush finished her stop in the dining hall. A little girl read a sweet letter of thanks to Mrs. Bush before she said good-bye. We joyfully gave school supplies, toys, clothes, toiletries, and books for the children, and in return, they deposited a little bit of themselves in our hearts.


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Charity Wallace
Charity Wallace

Charity N. Wallace serves as the Senior Advisor to the Women's Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute and is in an executive graduate program in pursuit of a Global Master of Arts degree in international relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Most recently, Ms. Wallace served as the Vice President of the Global Women’s Initiatives and Senior Advisor to Mrs. Laura Bush. In this role, Ms. Wallace was responsible for setting the vision and managing the policy engagement for the women’s initiatives, including Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon global health initiative, empowering women in the Middle East and working with First Ladies from around the world. The Women's Initiative aims to improve access to education, health care, and economic opportunity for women and children in Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan.

From February 2009 through September 2010, Wallace served as the Chief of Staff to Mrs. Laura Bush.  Wallace oversaw Mrs. Bush’s initiatives - from her wide ranging policy agenda to her the publishing and promotion of Mrs. Bush’s bestselling book, Spoken from the Heart. Wallace served in the Bush Administration from January 2001 to January 2009.  During her tenure in the administration, she served as Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States (2007-2009), Director of Advance for First Lady Laura Bush (2004-2007), and worked in public liaison positions in Presidential Advance, the U.S. Department of Education, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and USA Freedom Corps. During her tenure in the Bush Administration and in her current role, Wallace has traveled to 70 countries.

Ms. Wallace serves on the Board of Advisors for the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, the Advisory Board of ARZU Studio Hope, the Advisory Board of 4word Women and the Advisory Board of All In Together, an bi-partisan organization that promotes women’s engagement in political and civic life.  Ms. Wallace is an ex-officio member on the Human Freedom Advisory Council for the Bush Institute.  Ms. Wallace wrote the foreword for the book Work, Love, Pray, which was released in 2011. A native of California, Ms. Wallace graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, with a focus in international relations. 

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