Global Partners for Health was founded in 2006 by Terri Glasser after visiting Zambia in southeast Africa.  The organization’s initial mission was to address the devastation caused by the AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, but has expanded to include the protection of vulnerable children in the region and provide educational opportunities for Zambia’s youth.  Stressing education, self respect, and responsibility as the most important values, the homes have helped hundreds of children.   Partnering with the Lubasi Home Trust in Livingstone, Zambia, Global Partners for Health is the umbrella organization for 3 major projects:

  • The Lubasi Children’s Home in Livingstone, Zambia has cared for over 500 orphans since 2006. The vast majority of the children are AIDS orphans who lived on the streets before coming to Lubasi.   The Lubasi home provides an extremely high level of care with one housemother for every 6 children.  There are currently 47 boys and girls ranging in ages from three to eighteen.    All of the children attend primary and secondary school.   Several children from the original group are now attending university.   Three more children will go to nursing school and other training programs this coming year.  The older children who have left the home for adult lives still remain part of the  Lubasi “family” with outreach programs that bring these young adults back to the home at least once a month.   Lubasi also takes in children from the nearby Republic of Congo for short time periods while their parents await asylum. 

 

  • After seeing the success of the Lubasi Home, Global Partners for Health worked with Zambian businesses, social services, and community leaders in order to build a girls’ home. The Lushomo Home for Girls in Livingstone Zambia opened in 2011 and is home to 15 severely abused girls.  Most of these girls and young women were unable to attend school or obtain legal counsel for their court cases, but now they are in a protected environment and chaperoned to school every day.  The girls now have the opportunity for a better life, as well as confidence and self respect.

 

  • The Grace Center for Girls opened in August, 2015. Located in rural Kazungula, Zambia, the Grace Center is located on the border crossing between Zambia and Botswana.  The area has one of the highest rates of sexual abuse and trafficking in southern Africa.   The Grace Center is a safe refuge for girls, and young women, with on-sight 24 hour staff, social and health services, and legal counselors.  Currently, the Grace Center provides vocational programs in computer training, catering and tailoring.  Within the year, the center will open a restaurant which will provide jobs and sustainability .  The Grace Center also provides an outreach program and community education to help eradicate sexual trafficking of children.

 

In addition to the everyday running expenses, the main challenges facing Global Partners for Health include funding for the older children leaving the homes for university or job training, the completion of the restaurant/catering facility at the Grace Center in Kazungula, and providing trained professionals to work with the children at each home.  

Global Partners for Health is unique in that 100% of all donations go directly to the programs as the founders pay all administrative costs.    

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The Lubasi Staff

Christina Mutikitela

Administrator

Christina’s title is Administrator but she is mother, father, teacher and counselor to all of the children! Christina and her husband have four children of their own who have all gone to university and are working as teachers and lawyers.

Sister Petroneldis

Caregiver

Sister Petroneldis seen here “pre-game” is the primary caregiver to the children at Lubasi. Born in Indonesia, she came to Zambia wanting to help orphaned children.

Margaret Whitehead

Treasurer

Margaret is the treasurer and original board member of the Lubasi Home. Her work is invaluable to the home and her long standing trust and relationship with Global Partners for Health has been the primary reason funding from the US is possible.

Mira Hozzova

Board Member

Mira Hozzova is an honorary board member for Global Partners for Health. Her expertise and professionalism in the restaurant and hospitality industry have been crucial in fundraising and special events planning for the Lubasi and Lushomo Homes.

Terri Glasser

Founder

Terri is the founder and director of Global Partners for Health which is the primary funding source for the Lubasi Home and is now also working to fund the Grace Center for Girls.

Board Of Directors

Terri Glasser
Executive Director

Scott Glasser, MD
Reisterstown, Maryland

Libby Welty, RN
Dallas, Texas

Rachel Stanton
Grant Specialist
Burlington, VT

Nicholas Stanton, Esq.
Burlington, VT

Kelly McIntosh
RN and Medical - Writer
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Susan D. Taylor
Logistics Consultants
Lewisville, NC

Why Zambia?

I first visited Zambia in 2006 to attend a healthcare conference. l fell in love with the beautiful people – they have little in material possessions, but have so much joy for life. It is a country at peace, with a wealth of natural beauty, wildlife, and national parks which have the potential to develop into major tourist destinations. Zambia gained independence in 1964, but landlocked, and surrounded by several countries experiencing political strife, continues to struggle economically. I was moved by the poverty and devastation caused by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Having worked in both public health and fundraising, I felt I could make a difference by establishing a foundation to make it easy for people to help. I had seen the worst of poverty in this country working in Baltimore City’s housing projects and public mental health facilities, but I had never seen poverty on the level experienced in Zambia and much of the third world. By using the twin strategies of developing direct, nongovernmental relationships with trustworthy staff, and directing 100% of donations to our programs we are seeing remarkable progress. The children at the Lubasi Home, Lushomo Home for Girls and Grace Center are thriving. These children are the key to the Zambia’s future!

Terri Glasser Founder, Global Partners for Health

The Statistics are Overwhelming

Why Care?

Many of us believe there is a moral imperative to help. When we know that it is more likely for a 12 year old girl to die in childbirth than to complete primary school we must act. When we know that families live on $1.00 per day and are unable to feed their children we cannot look away. When children and adults are dying from easily preventable diseases such as malaria and complications from HIV/AIDS, as compassionate human beings, we need to help. There is also a pragmatic and compelling argument. The race for Zambia’s resources – and the hearts and minds of its people – is ongoing. The Zambian people embrace us and it’s in our economic and security interest to win this race. It’s easy to make a difference – the US dollar goes far in Zambia. Sustainable aid –particularly education and healthcare – are two of the best investments we can make in Zambia’s future and our own.