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Trip Update: July 1, 2012

July 1, 2012 by Hannah Abney

Day two in Kabwe, Zambia began at a local church, where President and Mrs. Bush joined the congregation in Sunday worship services. Following the service, they headed back to the Ngungu Health Clinic to continue renovations, which included painting and power washing the outside of the clinic. Work on the exterior is nearly complete! Today, Mrs. Bush visited Julie Anne’s Children’s Home at Robert Shitima School, where she was welcomed by the children who reside there with a song and dance. Brother Marcus Turcotte established the school in 2001 to serve street children and other disadvantaged youth. After taking a tour of the campus, Mrs. Bush watched the children of the school create baskets and hats by hand. Upon returning to Ngungu Health Clinic, Mrs. Bush joined President Bush in completing the day’s renovation. They took a short break to visit with local children and hand out snacks. Mrs. Bush took a few moments to celebrated the birth of a newborn baby, born in another building on the clinic compound. President and Mrs. Bush closed the day by roasted s’mores around a bonfire with members of the Bush Institute staff traveling with them, as well as Center for Disease Control, President’s Malaria Initiative and U.S. Embassy personnel who are helping out at the work site. Stay tuned tomorrow for more news from Kabwe! 


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Hannah Abney
Hannah Abney

Hannah Abney directs strategic communications and messaging for the George W. Bush Presidential Center, leading a team responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies that help advance the Bush Center’s work in developing leaders, fostering policy, and taking action to save and change lives.

Prior to joining the Bush Center, she led public relations activities for consumer and non-profit brands at The Richards Group.  Abney also led communications efforts  at a national retail trade association in Washington, DC, and served in the George W. Bush Administration in the Vice President’s Office.

A native of Milwaukee, WI, she is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University (B.A., Music) and lives in Dallas with her husband and young sons. 

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