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.

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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

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Linda 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)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

GRANTED FUNDS TO PEACE CORPS PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM FOR CONSTRUCTING A LIBRARY/COMMUNITY CENTER IN LUMWANA WEST, PRIMARILY FOR EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. A TOTAL OF 4,000 RESIDENTS WILL BENEFIT.

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Population(s) Served

Budget

693.00

Program 2

PROVIDED SPONSORSHIP, SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS FOR ELIGIBLE STUDENTS IN MWINILUNGA REGION, ZAMBIA FOR THEIR EDUCATION. A TOTAL OF 85 STUDENTS BENEFITED FROM THE SPONSORSHIP AND 2 BENEFITED FROM THE SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANT PROGRAM

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

20860.00

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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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

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Principal Officer

Linda 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 flying Zambian cat Blake, a huge white dog named Perseus, koi, a flock of peafowl, and many wild birds, fish, and other woodland creatures.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

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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!
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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Linda Bowers

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