BIO – Ruth Grand Phiri – 2020 Mwanakazi Okongola Social Impact Award Winner. Education Background

BIO – Ruth Grand Phiri – 2020 Mwanakazi Okongola Social Impact Award Winner. Education Background

Fondly known as ‘Lucy Grand’, Ruth Grand Phiri was born on 6th May 1985, at Chipata General Hospital. She started her primary school education at Anoya Zulu Basic School in 1991.
She later moved to Mpezeni Park Primary School where she completed her primary school education.
In the year 1999, Ruth was one of those that made it to Grade 8 at Hill Side Girls High School within Chipata.
In the year 2000, she moved to the catholic administered St Annes Basic School where she sat for her Junior Secondary exams and made it to Grade 10 at Chipata Day Secondary School where she completed her senior secondary education.
TERTIARY EDUCATION
In the year 2005, Ruth was enrolled to study for a Bachelors Degree in Adult Education at the University of Zambia after which she completed and graduated in the year 2009. It was during her time of study at UNZA that her passion for humantarian work saw gross light. She then enrolled for her Master of Arts in Gender Studies at the University of Zambia (UNZA) which is she is currently pursuing.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / WORK EXPERIENCE
In the year 2009, Ruth joined Highcom Training Institute in Chipata as a Lecturer.
She in the same year doubled as a part time Lecturer in the Department of Adult Education and Extension Studies at the University of Zambia, UNZA in Chipata.
Among other Universities she has lectured include the DMI St’Eugene in Chipata.
In 2015, Ruth joined Innovation for Poverty Action as a Research Assistant .
In 2017, she worked for Winrock International as a Research Assistant.
Looking forward to realise her passion for gender and social inclusion activities, Ruth joined the Integrated Land and Resource as a Gender , Social Inclusion and Dispute Resolution Specialist for the Governance project.
HUMANITARIAN SOCIAL WORK.
In the year 2017 she started a movement called “Empowered Women, Empower Women” an initiative meant to empower vulnerable women, girls and boys under which she has facilitated bussaries and sponsored many children into school.
As a Gender Activist and Philanthropist, Ruth has in the recent past empowered a number of cooperatives.
Realising in her work that the less privileged and disabled (differently abled) are the most marginalised She has moved on to help people living with disabilities by lobbying and organising social campains that are aimed at providing wheelchairs, crutches and walkers.
She supports the aged and people living with Albinism with whom she has initiated a number of community projects. In 2020, she won the Mwanakazi Okongola award in the Social Impact Category. She is Married.
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