Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia

by Elizabeth Bowers Zambia Education Fund
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia
Educate the Whole Girl & Her Community in Zambia

Summary

In pursuit of Fallen Peace Corps Volunteer Elizabeth Bowers' (Beth's) dream, our small, all-volunteer organization enabled a paradigm shift in attitude toward women's education in remote NW Zambia. By building a Memorial Library, the first pre-school, and Phase I of a secondary school (two 3-classroom blocks, two teachers' houses, and a girls' lavatory), we empower hundreds of girls to further their education and attain their dreams. Now Phase II: a 3-classroom block and a teacher's house.

$35,000
total goal
$15,835
remaining
79
donors
3
monthly donors
11
months

Challenge

In our 17 years of partnering with the community, the population increased from 5,000 to 7,000 with more children attending secondary school. The current student population of 411 is projected to increase to 800 for 2020. The infrastructure can only accommodate 500, averaging 100 students per classroom. Twenty-five teachers are needed; only 14 are on site. The Ministry of Education will not send teachers without housing. More classrooms and teachers' houses are desperately needed.

Solution

Continuing to partner with the Lumwana West community and our project manager, we will build another 3-classroom block, a teacher's house, and a lavatory for boys. More classrooms will alleviate extremely crowded classes. More teachers will allow greater attention per student, resulting in higher exam scores. With EBZEF scholarship recipients "Beth's Girls" as role models, 43% of students are now girls, attracting more each year as Beth's dream of sustainability is realized.

Long-Term Impact

We have already seen the impact on girls and women in the village: fewer teen pregnancies, more education for girls, later marriages, and over 30 Beth's Girls on EBZEF scholarship currently in or graduated from college/vocational school. Completing Phase II by building more classrooms and teachers' houses will increase and sustain the impact of Beth's shared dream on her girls. Educating women is empowering them to impact their own families, their community, and their country.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

https:/​/​www.ebzef.org
Who Are Beth's Girls? (Great Video!)
EBZEF Secondary School Background Information
EBZEF Facebook Page
EBZEF Twitter Page

Organization Information

Elizabeth Bowers Zambia Education Fund

Location: Salem, OR - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @EBZEF
Project Leader:
Linda Bowers
Salem, OR United States

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