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Our Goals

EBZEF Vision

The goal of EBZEF is to focus on the depth and quality of our relationship with Beth's Girls, Beth's Ladies, and their community of Lumwana West, and on sustaining the work that Beth began in her tenure as a Peace Corps Volunteer. We have a clear vision of what we can accomplish:

Beth's Girls

  • Develop leaders in Lumwana West from EBZEF scholarship recipients.
  • Support qualified scholarship recipients through post-secondary education.
  • Enable Beth's Girls and Beth's Ladies to develop a higher standard of living and literacy in their homes, in their community, and in their country.
  • Support Lumwana West to become a community of light and literacy for all members of the community.

We are accomplishing this in four phases:

Phase I: Provided scholarships to all interested girls from the Lumwana West area for grades 8-12. Educational scholarships include school fees, books and supplies, uniforms, tutorial and exam fees, plus room and board for students at Mwinilunga and Mukenge High Schools for grades 10-12. This phase has been very successful, increasing from four girls in school before the scholarship began to 315 individual girls receiving scholarships by 2013.  Beginning in 2013, as more girls are graduating from high school, scholarships for grades 8-12 are being phased out to provide funding for high school graduates to continue their education in trade schools or college.

Senior Beth's Girls

Phase II: Funded a project to build a community library and learning center to serve Beth’s Girls and to improve literacy in the village and the surrounding area.  In 2006, with EBZEF funding and working with the Peace Corps Partnership Program, PCV Bob Wilder oversaw construction of the library as a local community effort.  PVC Jessica Hillsey helped define the need and provided oversight of the project.  Books for Africa donated 18,000-20,000 books.  World Vision US and World Vision Zambia helped coordinate shipping the books to Lumwana West in March 2008, funded by donations from the Caritas Foundation and individual donors.  EBZEF donors and sponsors funded solar panels, lights and computers for the Memorial Library in 2010.

Library

Phase III: Will help to fund a certified secondary school in Lumwana West so that Beth’s Girls and other children do not have to attend boarding school for grades 8-12.  This is even more important now that the Zambian Ministry of Education requires grades 8-9 to attend secondary boarding schools.  To achieve high school accreditation for the Lumwana West Basic School. the community must have, in addition to the Memorial Library, a science and math laboratory, more classrooms, and teachers’ living quarters.  Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is funding and working with the village to construct a science and math laboratory.  The EBZEF Board of Directors is working to identify funding partners to complete this project.

Please click HERE to view our concept paper, which provides information about the Lumwana West community, and why construction of a secondary school there is so important to its children and future. The children’s improved health and livelihood is contingent on their education opportunity.

Children

Phase IV: Will create an endowment fund for the scholarship program for the continued education and benefit of Lumwana West women and their community.

Elizabeth Bowers


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