“If you educate a man, you educate an individual. If you educate a woman, you educate a family, a community, and a country!” --Zambian Proverb

“There is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls. No other policy is as likely to raise economic productivity, lower infant and maternal mortality, improve nutrition and promote health including the spread of HIV/AIDS.” --Kofi Annan

“If you educate me, you educate my family.” --Fordson Kafweku, Operations Manager, World Vision Zambia


Beth's Girl and Baby reading ABC's

Letter from Bendu Griffin

"I really want to tell you how very humbled I was to read Beth’s story on your website. I am from Liberia, West Africa, and was brought to the States in 1972 as a little girl. I grew up here, but my heart is in Liberia, and now I feel the pull to go and give back to others."

“Let me say thanks from the bottom of my heart to you all for the gift of Beth, and thanks more for continuing the great work she started. It is true, her life goes on, and her work is speaking for her."

“I pray blessings on you all and that the Lord will open the windows of Heaven and pour you out blessings that you will not have room to contain it.”

Beth with Mushroom

Beth with Mushroom

Tributes to Beth

“I shall not give up as I’m following Berth’s model of working hard and going on to college. My aim is to finish my education and come back to help others.” --Eunice (one of 8 children born to subsistence farmers) [2006]

“I am proud to be one of the beneficiaries of this project, and so I will always try to do my best as Beth did. I just have to inherit her hard-working spirit.” --Mary Lundeba [2006]

“Most of our parents in rural areas believe that educating a girl child is a waste of money. She won’t do anything in the future. So I want them to learn from me and from Beth’s Girls that educating girls is also important; they can bring development to society.” Prudence Masanyinga [2006]

“Beth is greatly missed in the community. She is remembered for her friendliness and determination to be an agent of change. She used to encourage the youth to work hard at school. She remains a legend in the Lumwana West area.” --James Sakwimba

“The people in the village still talk about how blessed they are to have friends like you and how amazed they were that you would come all the way here for them. You are truly loved by all.” --Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Bob Wilder

“We are also excited that we can write to the students, know their names, and see their pictures. If you are told that African girls are underprivileged, you can disregard it as another of the world’s problems, but when you hear that Prudence Masanyinga is the only high school graduate in a whole village of bright young girls, then you want to take action.” --Eleanor Ellis, founder of South Salem High School Beth’s Girls Club [2007]

Beth's Girls

Beth's Girls Speak

“I am really trying to do my best in class work so that I finish my school, go to college, and become someone in the rest of my life. When I will be educated I will stand for my people who are in our area. As a young girl from Lumwana West and my fellow young girls, we want to work hard together so that our parents will be pleased with us and you too. Many of our people from Lumwana West are not all that educated. So it is our duty to work hard for them so that our area will be developed.” --Gift Cholomba

“Education to me is life, so your support makes me to survive.” --Beth’s Girl Aggy Mwalimu

“To what I know, education is a way of the best solution to someone’s difficulties. It is the only key to success.” --Beth’s Girl Prisca Mupatayi

“Parents and those who work together with you, I am so thankful to be included in the scholarship as a Beth’s Girl. May God bless you and your family.” --Beth’s Girl Antonia Kapenda

“I would like to thank those who are helping to find this money for our academic works. Although I cannot see them physically, in spirit we are together. You are not just helping me, but you are helping my family.” --Beth’s Girl Visaka Kapalu

“After completing my education, I will be working in this community in order to become a role model.” --Beth’s Girl Chiluhe Mulenga

“In my future I’m planning to bring services and knowledge to other people. That’s what I want to give back in my community.” --Beth’s Girl Peggy Chilumbu

“I play an important role of encouraging women and girls to stand on their own not depending on their husbands.” --Beth’s Girl Gracious Moloka

“I want to thank you for supporting me, and I am praying that almighty God may fill up your houses and businesses with blessings. Long live people in the USA! --Beth’s Girl Gloria Njolomba

Beth's Ladies

Beth's Ladies Sandra, Prudence, and Rachel

Beth's Ladies Speak

“I most sincerely appreciate your continued support in the wonderful things that you are doing for us. Please, continue with the same spirit. Thank you for creating miracles in my life.” --Beth’s Lady Rachel Kamwandi

Beth’s Lady Justina Salumawu speaking to Beth’s Girls: “Girls, we are capable of doing anything because the power is in our hands. Remember, when you educate a girl child, you educate the whole world. God loves us. Let’s work hard.

Memorial Library Study

Beth's Girls Study in the Elizabeth Bowers Memorial Library

Library Tributes

“People are getting educated, and we have more visitors who are coming to use the library.” --Beth’s Girl Mildred Mwenya

“People are coming to see the biggest library in the NW Province, and the community people also come to read books. Even children are able to read.” --Beth’s Girl Florence Ludeba

“Change is coming through the library and the pre-school which you have given us.” --Beth’s Girl Charity Kalota

Elizabeth Bowers Memorial Library

Gerry, Headmaster Mbongo Njolomba, Linda

Official Library Tributes

“You do not know what you have done! You are helping the Zambian Ministry of Education in ways it cannot help itself.” --Madam Malama, Provincial Education Office from Solwezi

“You have opened up the people to the wider world.” --Dorothy Maseka, District Education Board Secretary from Mwinilunga

“When people speak of us in the future, they will call us the literate village.” --Village Headman speaking at the Celebration of Light in Lumwana West

“The construction of the Library was started in 2006. It was an uphill battle because it was built by using local laborers, and materials like bricks, stones, sand, and water had to be provided by people who were not using trucks but their own heads to carry these heavy materials. Despite all these limitations, we are proud that it is now completed and the EBZEF has fully stocked it with books that can proudly compete with any major libraries that are in any of the bigger cities of Zambia.” --Dorothy Maseka, District Education Board Secretary, at the dedication of the Elizabeth Bowers Memorial Library, July 9th, 2009.

“The performance of our children will largely depend on the richness of their information source. This is an information centre that is so rich for both the in-school and out-of-school. Those desiring to do well will find this establishment not only captivating but also fulfilling in the pursuit of high heights.” --Provincial Education Officer at Memorial Library dedication

Tamara Weiss

Tamara in Library Reading with Children

Tamara Weiss Report

“Evidence suggests that for Beth’s Girls, education appears to represent a broader triumph in their lives. Beth’s Girls value the ways in which they believe that education expands their opportunities in life, their independence, and their ability to enter into more equitable relationships.” --Tamara Weiss, “Lumwana West Report, August 2013”

“It seems that Beth’s Girls are building their identity as educated women in new ways.” --Weiss Report

Tamara’s report documents “the ongoing contribution of the library, the growing support for the Lumwana West Preschool, and the marked progress in the establishment of a secondary school. These locally led initiatives appear to be having a positive impact on multiple generations.” --Weiss Report