Educational Institutions

The Elizabeth Bowers Zambia Education Fund

  • Salem, OR
  • www.ebzef.org

Mission Statement

EBZEF empowers women, children, and their community in Lumwana West, Zambia, to break the cycle of poverty through education.

Main Programs

  1. Elizabeth Bowers Memorial Library
  2. Beth's Girls Secondary School and College Scholarships
  3. Lumwana West Pre-School
  4. Lumwana West Secondary School

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Service Areas

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International

With the loss of Beth Bowers, an aquaculture Peace Corps Volunteer in the remote rural village of Lumwana West in NW Zambia, in a bicycle accident in 2002, the Elizabeth Bowers Zambia Education Fund (EBZEF) was born. Beginning with a scholarship for girls, over 300 “Beth's Girls," a name they call themselves, have gone to secondary school. Currently, over 20 girls on EBZEF scholarships have graduated from or are engaged in college/vocational education programs. The village has changed the way it looks at the education of women. More importantly, the women have changed the way they view themselves as leaders and providers for their families and their community.

The Elizabeth Bowers Memorial Library, built as a Peace Corps Partnership Program with EBZEF, was completed in 2009, including 18,000 volumes of books at all levels sent in partnership with Books For Africa and World Vision. It is the largest library in the NW Province. EBZEF, in partnership with National Solar and the Goodman Family Foundation, also supplied solar panels for the Library, bringing the first light and electricity to the community as a gesture toward literacy for all. Tamara Weiss, a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota in Early Childhood Development, helped to establish a curriculum for a pre-school, initiated and supported by EBZEF. A partnership with Baal Dan Charities is helping build 3 classrooms for the now-burgeoning pre-school, a rarity in remote rural Zambia.

Seeking sustainability of the program, EBZEF now partners with World Vision to help the community establish its own secondary school. Phase I construction is nearing completion, with 2 teachers' houses, 2 three-classroom blocks, plus an ablution block (lavatory) for boys. Phases II and III are in the planning stages. The success of this project would fulfill EBZEF's dream to educate the “whole girl," from pre-school through secondary school and college! Beth's vision is being sustained on the other side of the world!

ruling year

2007

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Linda O. Bowers

Keywords

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education, secondary school, Africa, Zambia, library, preschool, scholarships

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Also Known As

EBZEF

EIN

71-1001126

 Number

3817798595

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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EBZEF's goal is to empower women, children, and their community in Lumwana West, Zambia, to break the cycle of poverty through education. After over 15 years of hard work with the community and a variety of carefully chosen support partners, we are now able to educate the "Whole Girl" from pre-school through basic and secondary school through college and vocational school. Our efforts have changed the way the village views the education of women, and, more importantly, has changed the way the women view their own possibilities to become future leaders of their families, their community, and their country. Beth's Girls are becoming Beth's Ladies and are modeling a lifestyle of education first, then employment, then marriage, and only then children. The cycle of adolescent pregnancies and early marriages has been effectively broken, as our Beth's Ladies become successful models of education, careers, and full family lives.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Elizabeth Bowers Memorial Library

Granted funds to a Peace Corps Partnership Program for constructing a Library/Community Center in Lumwana West primarily for education and community development. Over 5,000 residents benefit from the project.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$8,000.00

Program 2

Beth's Girls Secondary School and College Scholarships

Provided scholarships for Lumwana West village girls (Beth's Girls) for secondary school education at Mwinilunga Secondary School. Providing college/vocational school scholarships for Beth's Girls secondary school graduates.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Female Young Adults (20-25 years)

Budget

$20,000.00

Program 3

Lumwana West Pre-School

Few pre-schools exist in Zambia--certainly not in remote rural villages. EBZEF has initiated and helped to develop a successful pre-school program in Lumwana West. We are currently helping to construct the second and third classrooms for the program. The first classroom is in full use.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$10,000

Program 4

Lumwana West Secondary School

To achieve sustainability for our 15 years of work with the community of Lumwana West, EBZEF has partnered with World Vision to build a secondary school in the community (their long-held dream!) which will complete the education spectrum from pre-school to high school graduation.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$1,720,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Educating the "Whole Girl" and her community of Lumwana West in remote rural NW Zambia through a successful secondary school/college scholarship program, through building and stocking the Memorial Library, through initiating and developing a thriving preschool in the community, and through constructing a secondary school for sustainable education for all.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    EBZEF is a very small, all-volunteer 501(c)3 organization. Our achievements are the result of a clear and careful focus on the education of women in a single community in remote, rural NW Zambia.
    Our success is due in large part to the careful selection of significant partners, such as World Vision Zambia (to retain accountability for our scholarship funds), the Peace Corps Partnership Program (to build the Memorial Library), Books For Africa (to stock the library), Caritas (to help ship books to Zambia), Baal Dan Charities (to help build a pre-school), Engineers Without Borders (to build a science lab for the secondary school), and World Vision USA/Int/Zambia to help construct the secondary school--plus many more.
    Our direct communication with the community via the Basic School Headmistress, the Secondary School Headmaster, the Librarian, and the Lumwana West PTA/Community Committee, established during our personal visits to the village, has assured a continuing, oversight conversation to keep projects balanced and moving.
    Most importantly, however, in keeping with our beloved daughter Beth's commitment, is that EBZEF has followed Peace Corps' values in working with a "grassroots" respect for the community's wishes, dreams, abilities, and support. EBZEF is helping the village community to achieve its long-held and deeply desired hopes and dreams.
    Thus, our community partners have a deep sense of ownership for and appreciation of the developing educational system for their children and the surrounding area. The Lunda people want to be a literate community.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our organization's goals are driven by the passion of transforming the deep grief of losing a beloved child/sister/niece/friend into positive action by helping women on the other side of the world to achieve their full potential. This inspires us, small as we are, all-volunteer as we may be, to persevere in the face of all sorts of challenges in working on the other side of the world with a culture we know little of and a language we know even less.
    The resulting dedication and transformation has made our story accessible to others around our community, our state, our country, and the world, as volunteers and donors are drawn to support us in the process. When we needed an engineer to help us put solar panels on the new library and bring the first "light" to the village, he came to us from California.
    When we needed someone to help us set up a viable pre-school curriculum in a country with few resources, she came to us from Minnesota. When we needed the funds to build the Memorial Library in the village, they came to us via an unexpected legacy from Beth's grandmother. As people who work with authentic non-profits know, when you need it, it will come.
    In the meantime, our steadfast Board members, volunteers, donors, and advisors, all work as hard as we can to meet the requirements of supporting a project as complex as EBZEF's work in Lumwana West. The astonishing achievements of the past 15 years encourage us to forge ahead with the momentous secondary school project. As a result of our hard work, ingenuity, and perseverance, Phase I is just about complete!
    EBZEF maintains a sharp, clear focus in our work with education. Our records are complete and transparent. We are able to find the professional support we need as the need becomes apparent. It is our dedication and commitment to realizing Beth's vision that allows us to meet our goals.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    When Beth's Girls are successfully graduating from high school, college/vocational school, and becoming gainfully employed (they are, and we have the figures to support it).
    When the Memorial Library is full of eager patrons of all ages who are finding the books they need for the first time to pursue their education, interests, and curiosity (it is, they are, and we have the data to support it).
    When the pre-school is over-flowing with happy little children eager to taste education for the first time (it is and we have the stats to prove it).
    When the secondary school classrooms are full of eager students and teachers, learning everything from languages, math, biology, chemistry, physics, literature, computer science, and more (this is only just beginning as we have reports, photos, and videos to show us).
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    EBZEF and the Lumwana West community have accomplished the following:
    1. Full secondary school scholarships for 315 Beth's Girls
    2. Thirty college/vocational school scholarships for Beth's Ladies who have graduated and for Beth's Girls who are currently studying.
    3. The largest library in the NW Province fully active and meeting the needs of the entire community and beyond. People come from all over the Province to use our library.
    4. Sixty-five children per school year attending pre-school, with several graduated classes already attending Basic School most successfully.
    5. Phase I of the Secondary School Project almost complete.

    To be completed:
    1. Phase II of the Secondary School Project, which includes 2 three-classroom blocks, 7 teachers' houses, an office block plus furniture, water, girls' lavatory.
    2. Phase III of the Secondary School Project, which includes 1 three-classroom block, a computer lab with computers, a school hall, and Internet/Solar facilities.
    3. Continuing scholarships for Beth's Girls for college/vocational school.
    4. Possible endowment for continuing college scholarships for women from Lumwana West.
    5. Furniture & supplies for classrooms 2 & 3 of the pre-school now under construction
    6. Continuing salary for Memorial Librarian (until the Ministry of Education hires her officially as a teacher/librarian).
    7. Major fund-raising effort for Secondary School project.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

With the loss of Beth Bowers, an aquaculture Peace Corps Volunteer in the remote rural village of Lumwana West in NW Zambia, in a bicycle accident in 2002, the Elizabeth Bowers Zambia Education Fund (EBZEF) was born. Beginning with a scholarship for girls, over 300 “Beth's Girls," a name they call themselves, have gone to secondary school. Currently, over 20 girls on EBZEF scholarships have graduated from or are engaged in college/vocational education programs. The village has changed the way it looks at the education of women. More importantly, the women have changed the way they view themselves as leaders and providers for their families and their community.

The Elizabeth Bowers Memorial Library, built as a Peace Corps Partnership Program with EBZEF, was completed in 2009, including 18,000 volumes of books at all levels sent in partnership with Books For Africa and World Vision. It is the largest library in the NW Province. EBZEF, in partnership with National Solar and the Goodman Family Foundation, also supplied solar panels for the Library, bringing the first light and electricity to the community as a gesture toward literacy for all. Tamara Weiss, a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota in Early Childhood Development, helped to establish a curriculum for a pre-school, initiated and supported by EBZEF. A partnership with Baal Dan Charities is helping build 3 classrooms for the now-burgeoning pre-school, a rarity in remote rural Zambia.

Seeking sustainability of the program, EBZEF now partners with World Vision to help the community establish its own secondary school. Phase I construction is nearing completion, with 2 teachers' houses, 2 three-classroom blocks, plus an ablution block (lavatory) for boys. Phases II and III are in the planning stages. The success of this project would fulfill EBZEF's dream to educate the “whole girl," from pre-school through secondary school and college! Beth's vision is being sustained on the other side of the world!

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Funding Needs

With the loss of Beth Bowers, an aquaculture Peace Corps Volunteer in the remote rural village of Lumwana West in NW Zambia, in a bicycle accident in 2002, the Elizabeth Bowers Zambia Education Fund (EBZEF) was born. Beginning with a scholarship for girls, over 300 “Beth's Girls," a name they call themselves, have gone to secondary school. Currently, over 20 girls on EBZEF scholarships have graduated from or are engaged in college/vocational education programs. The village has changed the way it looks at the education of women. More importantly, the women have changed the way they view themselves as leaders and providers for their families and their community. The Elizabeth Bowers Memorial Library, built as a Peace Corps Partnership Program with EBZEF, was completed in 2009, including 18,000 volumes of books at all levels sent in partnership with Books For Africa and World Vision. It is the largest library in the NW Province. EBZEF, in partnership with National Solar and the Goodman Family Foundation, also supplied solar panels for the Library, bringing the first light and electricity to the community as a gesture toward literacy for all. Tamara Weiss, a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota in Early Childhood Development, helped to establish a curriculum for a pre-school, initiated and supported by EBZEF. A partnership with Baal Dan Charities is helping build 3 classrooms for the now-burgeoning pre-school, a rarity in remote rural Zambia. Seeking sustainability of the program, EBZEF now partners with World Vision to help the community establish its own secondary school. Phase I construction is nearing completion, with 2 teachers' houses, 2 three-classroom blocks, plus an ablution block (lavatory) for boys. Phases II and III are in the planning stages. The success of this project would fulfill EBZEF's dream to educate the “whole girl," from pre-school through secondary school and college! Beth's vision is being sustained on the other side of the world!

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The Elizabeth Bowers Zambia Education Fund

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Linda O. Bowers

BIO

Linda is a retired Associate Professor of English from Willamette University where she taught Shakespeare, poetry, the literature of the Holy Grail, and courses in Japanese culture for over 20 years. As Executive Director of EBZEF she sees herself as a steward of her daughter Beth's vision of world peace and understanding. She is "mama" to over 300 Zambian daughters. Linda and Gerry live on a 25-acre farm south of Salem with Beth's Zambian cat Blake, a huge white dog named Perseus, koi, a flock of peafowl, and many wild birds, fish, deer, and other woodland creatures.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"With the loss of Beth Bowers, an aquaculture Peace Corps Volunteer in the remote rural village of Lumwana West in NW Zambia, in a bicycle accident in 2002, the Elizabeth Bowers Zambia Education Fund (EBZEF) was born. EBZEF's scholarship for girls has sent 300+ “Beth's Girls," a name they call themselves, to secondary school. Twenty + girls on EBZEF scholarships have graduated from or are engaged in college/vocational education programs.

The Elizabeth Bowers Memorial Library, a Peace Corps Partnership Program completed in 2009, including 18,000 books, is the largest library in the NW Province. EBZEF supplied solar panels for the Library, bringing light and electricity to the community. EBZEF has also initiated a thriving pre-school and is building 3 classrooms to accommodate the youngest learners.

EBZEF currently partners with World Vision to build a secondary school. Phase I construction nears completion, with 2 teachers' houses, 2 three-classroom blocks, plus an ablution block (lavatory) for boys. Phases II and III are in the planning stages. The success of this project will fulfill EBZEF's dream to educate the “whole girl," from pre-school through secondary school and college!
"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Linda O. Bowers

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?