Tabitha

Conservation Education Manager

Tabitha Finch, PHd

Tabitha is from the USA and spent her high school years hiking in the desert mountains and volunteering at animal shelters in Arizona. She went on to study at Northern Arizona University where she earned two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Zoology and one in German. After graduating she interned with the Student Conservation Association at the Bonneville Lock and Dam in Oregon to record sea lion predation on salmonids. It was here that she gained her first experience talking to the public about human-wildlife conflict. Shortly thereafter began her doctorate in biology at the University of Missouri. Her research focused on the evolution and ecology of the African elephant, which included a field study on human-elephant conflict in Kenya. While in Kenya, she taught science lessons in local schools and realized the impact of and need for in situ conservation education. Upon graduation she moved to Albama to work as the Manager of Science Education at the McWane Science Center. There she taught a variety of programs that included handling live snakes, blowing up balloons filled with hydrogen, and making ice cubes out of liquid nitrogen. However, her passion remained with conservation education and so she is proud to now be a member of the Chipembele team.

Community Conservation Educators

The Conservation Education Outreach programme increased from 6 to 17 schools in 2016. 4 part-time Community Conservation Educators were recruited from the communities of 4 geographic zones in the greater Mfuwe area.

Eunice

Admin Assistant & Student Mentor

Eunice Nakachinda

Also Girl’s Club Matron and Careers Adviser.

Eunice is a Zambian citizen who is a single mum with a daughter at school and has a particular interest in encouraging girl education. She speaks the local language, Chinyanja, but is also fluent in Tonga and English. After completing school she volunteered in 2003 for the British Red Cross at a refugee project for 28,700 Congolese Refugees in Northern Province where she was awarded a certificate for the status of Messenger of Peace. She attended a 20 week course for trauma counselling, conflict analysis, domestic violence and human rights.

Eunice was employed by Chipembele in January 2012. She has exceptional interpersonal skills. As the Matron of the Chipembele Girl’s Club – Eunice provides leadership, mentoring and advice to girls on a wide range of subjects including about self-development, self-empowerment, leadership skills, careers advice and health matters. We endorse the club motto, chosen by the girls themselves, that ‘Strong Girls Can Change the World’.

Japhet

Bookkeeper & Computer Skills Teacher

Japhet Shanungu

Japhet holds a certificate in Computers, and a certificate in Teaching Methodology. He was a 4th year undergrad in a BSc in Production Management. He has previously taught computing at Chipata Trades Institute and worked for the last 4 years in office administration at Tribal Textiles. His interests include running, listening to music and playing and watching football (soccer).