To our friends in Zambia,
We at Communities Without Borders were greatly saddened to hear of the death of Kenneth Kaunda.
As you begin a period of mourning for him in Zambia, we also remember that this man was instrumental in Zambia’s independence and its identity as an important country. He was a force for equal rights and democracy in Africa.
In 2002, our founding president, Richard Bail, and I were honored to meet with Mr. Kaunda in his office at Boston University. He was the first Balfour President-in-Residence. During our visit, we described our love for the Zambian people and our dedication to supporting education for Zambia’s most at-risk children.
We have heard from some of you that Mr. Kaunda’s “one country, one Zambia” theme has been embedded in Zambia’s culture, and that it accounts for the continuing peaceful transfer of power after each national election.
Mr. Kaunda is being heralded internationally for his work to help other African countries become more democratic, and we think that his legacy is especially important for keeping Zambia peaceful and unified.
The Communities Without Borders board of directors respects his legacy during this time of mourning.
Peter Smith, President
Communities Without Borders