Jun 8, 2021

EBZEF Project Update #5

Melba's Wedding Day March 27th, 2021
Melba's Wedding Day March 27th, 2021

Melba graduated from Roan Antelope School of Midwifery in 2016.  “I work in Mikonfwa Urban Clinic in the labour ward, antenatal and postnatal ward and provide family services.  Am really proud and blessed of what I do.  The source of my blessings is you.  Without your support I wouldn’t be here.”

Melba is an excellent role model for Beth’s Girls in breaking the teen pregnancy syndrome.  First is education, then career, then marriage, and then children.  Congratulations, Melba!

All college/vocational school EBZEF scholarship recipients are currently engaged in their classes.  Covid-delayed commencements are beginning with Gloria, Florence, and Kareen graduating from SW Solwezi Teacher Training College on May 28th.   Several more are scheduled for June.

The three-classroom block under construction by World Vision Zambia should be complete this month.  EBZEF has funded the construction of 200 desks for the new classrooms.  The Headmaster’s house is also near completion.

GlobalGiving donations are helping EBZEF develop our projects in Lumwana West. Our next campaign is the GG July Bonus Day on July 14th beginning at 6:00 A. M. Pacific Time.  Large donations will be matched by GG:  $100-$499 = 15%; $500-$749 = 30%; and $750-$1,000 = 50%.  Please donate as early as possible before matching funds are exhausted.  “The early bird catches the worm!”  Donate at https://goto.gg/43633.  Thank you for helping to make Beth’s legacy possible on the other side of the world.

EBZEF Scholarship Recipient Graduates
EBZEF Scholarship Recipient Graduates
Three-classroom block ready for roofing
Three-classroom block ready for roofing
Headmaster's House Construction
Headmaster's House Construction

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Feb 10, 2021

EBZEF Project Update #4

Skyfire to Snowfall
Skyfire to Snowfall

A rare snowfall purifies the environment in the Willamette Valley as EBZEF survives summer wildfires and faces the continuing coronavirus. On the other side of the world in NW Zambia, Beth’s Girls have all returned to college/vocational school, with everyone making up a lost first semester of 2020 due to Covid-19.

EBZEF currently has 22 scholarship recipients including three new Beth’s Girls for 2021. Ethel is studying Public Administration, Abigail studies Nursing & Clinical Medicine, and Karren is studying Medicine & Surgery. Zambia as a nation is duly diligent with Covid precautions.

The opening of Lumwana West Secondary School was postponed until February 1st. The Pre-School is now open as well with 35 girls and 28 boys studying in separate sessions to maintain social distance regulations. Teacher housing construction continues, while construction of the three-classroom block for secondary school is just getting underway.

GlobalGiving donations are helping EBZEF to develop our projects in Lumwana West. EBZEF has been accepted into GG’s International Women’s Week Campaign. As a small, all-volunteer organization, we need your help to continue educating the “Whole Girl” in this remote rural community.   Small donations are invited. Your donation will be matched by GG @ 50% up to $50 on these dates. Please send your donation to https://goto.gg/43633 between March 8-12. Thank you for your continuing support!

New EBZEF Scholarship Recipients (Beth's Girls)
New EBZEF Scholarship Recipients (Beth's Girls)
EBZEF Preschool Opening Day
EBZEF Preschool Opening Day
Global Giving Award
Global Giving Award

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Oct 15, 2020

EBZEF Project Update #3

Skyfire over Bowers farm, Salem, Oregon
Skyfire over Bowers farm, Salem, Oregon

     EBZEF has fortunately survived the terrible wildfire crisis in Oregon with flames raging close to Salem.  While smoke, ash, and hazardous air quality have plagued us for weeks, the October rains are finally retarding the fires and clearing the air.  Meanwhile, the corona virus has required isolating all over the world.  Beth’s Girls missed Term #1/Semester #1 classes as Zambia responded nationally to the viral threat.

     EBZEF is relieved to report that 19 Beth’s Girls are currently back in school as active students with 5 teachers, 5 nurses, 2 clinical technicians, 1 electrical engineer, 1 welder, 1 midwife, 2 in early childhood education, 1 pharmacist, and 1 physician.  Those scheduled to complete coursework in December 2020 may need to add an additional term/semester in 2021.  

     Thanks to GlobalGiving donors, EBZEF has been able to support community construction of desperately needed teachers’ houses for the secondary school.  A second duplex is almost complete with a third on the horizon.  In addition, Beth’s mother, Linda, has donated funds from her hip replacement recall surgery settlement for the construction of one more 3-classroom block for the secondary school.  Construction should begin in about a month.

     With the support of GlobalGiving campaigns and donors, EBZEF is moving forward with our scholarship and construction programs in Lumwana West, Zambia, in spite of local and global crises.  We are continuing to educate the Whole Girl and her community on the other side of the world.

EBZEF Scholarship Recipients
EBZEF Scholarship Recipients
EBZEF Teacher's House
EBZEF Teacher's House

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