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.
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.
“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:
Congratulations once again to the Commonwealth @PointsofLight awardee Kayumba Chiwele – @MizzYuyu31 for her involvement in #Tilitonse and providing free psychotherapy sessions to those affected by social and gender- based violence. pic.twitter.com/TvN0dE4YrS
— UKinZambia (@UKinZambia) October 17, 2019
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