Clyde Baron Milimo 

A lot can be said about the achievements of Zambian youths but surely the story is not complete if the name of Clyde Baron Milimo is not mentioned. Clyde, the only son in a family of four was born on the 28th of June 1976. His father, a retired electronic engineer is a university graduate of Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York – USA. 

With humble beginnings, Clyde went to school where he completed and obtained his GCE ‘O’ level certificate in 1996. He was employed with the Society for Family Health/ Population Services International as an HIV/AIDS outreach worker but was immediately promoted to Communications Site Coordinator under the Cross Boarder Initiative Project which is now Corridors of Hope II. This involved the mitigation of high risk behavior amongst commercial sex workers and long distance truckers along commercial transit points.  He later pursued studies leading to the award of an advanced certificate in social development at the National College for Management and development Studies which is now the Mulungushi University. 

The following year, he went on to study for a diploma in Social Work and graduated in 2005. In 2006, Clyde attended a Youth Information Technology Healthcare and HIV/AIDS work Zambia Project (YouthIT Zambia Project) at Coldreed/University of Zambia that had Computers and Information Communication Technology, Entrepreneurship Education, Health and HIV/AIDS as its three major course components. It was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lusaka with financial inputs from the Rotary Foundation, the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hayes Act of 1961, as amended. 

The same year, he was one of the nine best finalists and won the 2006 - 2007 YouthIT Zambia Project Business Plan Competition that had entries of over 200 youths countrywide after coming up with a business plan entitled “Specialised Mushroom Producers.” He was awarded a certificate of achievement by then US Ambassador to Zambia Carmen Martinez. Incentive included trip to the United States - Washington DC and California respectively for cultural, business presentations and meeting of American business leaders, project partners and donors where again were honoured for their achievement by her Excellency,  the Zambian ambassador Dr Inonge Mbikusita Lewanika at the Zambia embassy in Washington DC. 

Upon his return home, he was employed with the Copperbelt Health Education Project - CHEP where currently, he is the country focal point person for the Monitoring, Evaluation and Technical Assistance (META) Project for Zambia in partnership with Firelight Foundation based in Santa Cruz, California. Under this project, he is responsible for the provision of technical support in monitoring and evaluation and capacity building to 25 Non-governmental organizations that deal with HIV/AIDS, OVCs and Human Rights related issues countrywide. This has made him travel extensively both locally and internationally with much exposure to different cultures. 

Clyde brings to the Ariel Foundation International Advisory Board great understanding of the problems that affect most of the clientele (OVC) that benefit from Ariel Foundation International in Africa.

Clyde is currently seeking a scholarship from any sponsor to study for a bachelor in community Health at California Lutheran University where they have offered him a place. His goal is to continue with a master’s degree and ultimately obtain a PHD in Public Health. He hopes that one day he becomes a public health consultant for the Zambian government to help curb disease outbreaks that may be a threat to the people and contribute extensively to the health sector of the Zambian government.