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Tilitonse Zambia

Commonwealth Point of Light 113. Kayumba Chiwele

Kayumba Chiwele, representing Zambia, is the founder of ‘Tilitonse’ (translated as ‘we are together’), which provides free psychological support services to female survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.

Kayumba Chiwele

The programme, which has so far helped over 1500 vulnerable women and girls and trained 40 community members in psychological first aid, runs in Misisi Compound, one of the poorest areas of Zambia. Kayumba aims to treat 5000 women and train 500 community members in psychological first aid by 2021 before replicating the programme in other communities.

Kayumba was presented her award by Mr Nicholas Woolley, British High Commissioner to Zambia, while on a visit to PsycHealth Zambia.

Kayumba said:  

“I am so happy, you have no idea how this has made my whole day, I am very excited. This is a great honour.”

Watch Kayumba discuss her work and what the award means to her:

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