About the Elizabeth Bowers
Zambia Education Fund
To honor Beth, to continue her work, and to sustain her vision of global peace and understanding, a memorial fund was created by her family and friends to educate the girls where Beth served. Today, going to school is the best chance Zambian women have to take control of their lives. An educated population is essential if Zambia is to combat HIV/AIDS, gender inequality, and the overwhelming problems of poverty.
With Peace Corps’ help, a scholarship fund was established for the education of Zambian women from Beth’s village in Lumwana West in the NW Province. Today, with World Vision Zambia acting as agent for the Elizabeth Bowers Zambia Education Fund (EBZEF), the scholarship is funding 95 village girls from grades 8 through 12 and beyond for an education they would otherwise not receive. Many of these young women from the village knew Beth.
Beth’s Peace Corps aquaculture instructor, Zambian Mary Lundeba, having completed her master’s degree at the University of Malawi supported by an EBZEF scholarship, completed her PhD in Fisheries Science at Penn State University in August 2009. She has returned to Zambia and is working as an Aquaculture Program and Training Specialist with Peace Corps.
EBZEF’s first high school graduate, Prudence Masanyinga, completed a Certificate and an Advanced Diploma in Rural and Urban Management from Chalimbana Government Training Institute in Lusaka, and has returned to college for an undergraduate degree in sociology. She is currently a Social Development Worker for the Lunga Area Development Program of World Vision Zambia and functions as the liason with Beth’s Girls in the village of Lumwana West.
To increase literacy for Beth’s Girls and for the village of Lumwana West, EBZEF has completed a Peace Corps Partnership Program to build a library/learning center next to the Lumwana West Basic School as a gift to the community from Beth. With the help of partners Books for Africa, the Caritas Foundation, World Vision US, and World Vision Zambia, EBZEF has sent 22,000 lbs. of books to stock the new Memorial Library. The ”Light and Literacy for Lumwana West” program has supplied solar power for lights, computers, and communication in the Memorial Library. The current ”Textbooks for the Library” project will make literacy and learning available outside the classroom to Beth’s Girls and to the village at large.
The success and momentum of Beth’s memorial scholarship clearly indicate that we must continue her effort in Zambia.
Help Contribute to Beth’s Vision
The Elizabeth Bowers Zambia Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization. Every dollar of your support, 100% of your tax deductible donation, will go directly to Beth’s Girls and their community because EBZEF’s Founding Supporters pay for our overhead.
So little money goes so far:
- $35 books
- $70 uniforms
- $300 funds pre-school books and supplies
- $125 sponsors a student in grade 9
- $432 sponsors a student in grade 10
- $362 sponsors a student in grade 11
- $407 sponsors a student in grade 12
- $4,000 funds a two-year college degree
- Any amount funds textbooks for the library
(2014 costs include tuition, school fees, books and supplies, and uniforms, plus a small stipend for secondary school girls. High school and college are boarding schools. Grade 12 also receives tutoring and exam fees)
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Perfect Partnerships for Education
The Elizabeth Bowers Zambia Education Fund contracts with the Lunga Area Development Program of World Vision Zambia to manage and distribute funds locally in the Northwest province. World Vision is committed to the well-being of children worldwide.
A Peace Corps Partnership Program has helped EBZEF build the Library/Learning Center in Lumwana West for Beth’s Girls and the community. Peace Corps promotes world peace and friendship through global understanding and support for developing countries.
Books For Africa has helped EBZEF send 22,000 lbs. of books for the new Memorial Library. The goal of BFA is to end the book famine in Africa.
EBZEF has partnered with the Mid-Columbia chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) for development projects in Lumwana West. EWB is building a science lab for a new secondary school as well as working with water projects in the village.