Under a Zambian Tree transports readers across the world to the rural Village of Mapapa, Zambia as Dora Moono Nyambe educates and inspires rural village children. Her dedication to rural development is rooted in the philosophy ‘that kindness should drive humanity and development’. This philosophy is perfectly encapsulated in her NGO Footprints of Hope. During her journey from Mud Hut to full fledged boarding school, Dora has touched the lives of millions. At the heart of this book is one woman's journey of resilience, belief and the understanding that there ‘is always another child to educate’.
Under a Zambian Tree is told through the lens of Joseph Schmitt, an American researcher living in Zambia. Nyambe and Schmitt met through Tiktok and quickly formed a friendship. "Shortly after meeting Dora, I knew that her story needed to be shared globally through a book. Video could never capture the magnitude and complexity of what she was accomplishing" Over the course of a year, Schmitt shadowed and interviewed Nyambe. As an outsider, Nyambe worked to bring Schmitt into her world. Teaching him and sharing her broader vision for the development work that drives her life. In Under a Zambian Tree, Schmitt brings readers along with him, to learn and witness Dora Moono Nyambe's strength and kindness.