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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 from a remote rural village in NW Zambia, where Beth served in the Peace Corps. 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.
In memory of Elizabeth Bowers, and with Peace Corps’ help, a scholarship fund was established for the education of Zambian women in Lumwana West in the NW Province, where Beth served as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Today, with World Vision Zambia acting as agent for the Elizabeth Bowers Zambia Education Fund (EBZEF), the scholarship funds girls from Lumwana West in grades 10 through 12 and beyond for an education they would otherwise not receive.
To increase literacy in Lumwana West, EBZEF worked with the 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 sent 22,000 volumes of books to stock the Memorial Library. The ”Light and Literacy for Lumwana West” program supplied solar power for lights, computers, and communication in the Memorial Library. The ”Textbooks for the Library” project is making literacy and learning available outside the classroom to Beth’s Girls and to the entire community.
The success and momentum of Beth’s memorial scholarship program clearly indicate that we must continue her efforts in Zambia. EBZEF is working to help Lumwana West build its own secondary school for the education of all children in the community.
The community of Lumwana West in the Northwestern province of Zambia needs a high school! Please click HERE to view our concept paper, which provides information about the Lumwana West community, and why construction of a high school there is so important to its children and future. The children’s improved health and livelihood is contingent on their education opportunity.
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.