Maggie Wamunyima is WISE’s first salaried employee, hired as our project coordinator in 2014. Maggie grew up in Kaoma District and possesses an all-encompassing knowledge of the community, district and beyond. She has forged strong working relationships with the District Education Board, NGO Constitution Commission, Social Welfare Board, local schools and community leaders.
Creator and coordinator of WISE’s redesigned scholarship program, she took it from 28 recipients in 2014 to 150 in January of 2018. Her frequent consultation with head teachers from the rural (bush) schools from which we draw our high school scholarship recipients has proven invaluable in student success rates. Maintaining constant vigilance, Maggie ensures accountability in grades, behavior, and volunteerism from all recipients. Each year, she selects 1-3 graduates as interns, trains them to interview scholarship applicants, handle paperwork, and myriad other tasks.
Maggie holds all financial responsibility for WISE in Zambia. She serves on the board of Kaoma WISE Trust and oversees agricultural and vocational training and activities in collaboration with Margaret Mundia (Director of the Women’s Centre). Because of her work with WISE, as well as clean water projects, academic scholarships, and tailoring/design, the Kaoma District Commissioner nominated her as the District Representative to a regional conference on youth entrepreneurism in September of 2015. After her presentation there, she was selected to attend the national conference, but she had to decline due to the birth of her second child.
Maggie holds a diploma in human resource management. While working full-time for WISE, Maggie is currently enrolled in a long-distance bachelor’s degree program in Developmental Studies at the University of Lusaka, with the approval and financial support of the WISE Board. Maggie’s husband, Mark, is a nurse at Luampa Mission Hospital, and they are proud parents of Kufanga (b. June 2013) and Lilian (b. Sept. 2015).