NATHAN SHAMAKAMBA ON ZAMBIA SEX TRADE
Fahrenheit 212 was proud to host Nathan Shamakamba during his inaugural voyage off the continent of Africa.
Nathan grew up in a rural village in Zambia, and has since moved to the capital, Lusaka, where he works to reduce the plight of HIV on his country by educating sex workers about safe sex practices. His organization, an international NGO called the Society for Family Health, creates demand for health products and services through social marketing. Nathan builds community networks to promote behavioral change.
Though his work is funded by the likes of Harvard, Gates, and Ford, he doesn’t make a living wage. So, like all good Zambians, he operates a “besides business.” His happens to be wedding choreography.
As a child, Nathan claimed Congolese heritage to validate his talent for dance, since the Congolese are known for their rhythm. He has since learned that he may actually have Congolese blood, which now propels him to dance floors wherever a beat can be found. And since Nathan brought some beats to our office, who are we not to follow suit? Of course we took him up on his offer of our very first Congolese dance lesson. Perhaps we’ll be starting our very own besides business soon…
Click here to visit the Society for Family Health’s website.