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Founder of Books For Zambia, exceedingly ambitious with a huge heart for improving literacy in Zambia, Theresa inspires with her writing, spreads smiles with her wit, and definitely shows that one person can stand up and do something about a particular issue touching their heart.

What do you celebrate about being a woman?
I can’t find a singular answer for how I celebrate womanhood, though I can start by saying I like my new pink stilettos! However, I do celebrate being a citizen of the world. When I wake up each morning I revel in the possibilities of a new day and my role in it.

What do you wish other women knew?
I wish more women knew their worth and that they can be their own advocates without looking for validation from men. Make every day your own personal International Women’s Day!

How do you express yourself creatively?
Writing is the best way I express myself. Additionally, I like to play with paint on canvas and wood. I also enjoy crocheting colorful scarves for myself and family, I hope they wear them! I have some interesting paintings in my apartment, but they are not going to exhibition! I find working and creating with my hands very therapeutic and empowering.

How are you making a difference in the world?
I help my home town library in Luanshya with books and locally I teach 4th Grade Sunday School in my church. It gives me great pleasure that my efforts are expanding young people’s views and potentially changing their lives.

What do you believe is your calling and what are you doing about it?
I don’t believe I have a single calling, I am rather dynamic but I do thrive in a position of guidance and enhancement to others.

How do you celebrate where you come from?
By keeping the values my parents instilled in me about being a worthy human being and respecting others.

What do you consider to be the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome?
It has to be starting over in a new country, trying to make ends meet and rolling with major cultural shock far from family and friends.

You can purchase Theresa’s book here or visit her facebook page, feel free to donate books to Books for Zambia, change the reading experience of Zambian children!
You can also listen to my radio interview with her.

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