ZAMBIAS SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Rating: 5 stars 2 reviews
Location: PO Box 353 Bear River Cy UT 84301 USA
Target demographics: children, students, and teachers
Direct beneficiaries per year: 125 college students become teachers, 135 high school students (high school is not free in Zambia) and paid a montly salary to 65 elementary school teachers
Geographic areas served: Zambia, Africa
Programs: a monthly salary for Zambian teachers to teach in remote elementary schools, scholarships for needy high school & college students to become teachers, delivering much needed teaching materials, books, treadle sewing machines, wood working tools, auto mechanic tools, and welding tools to trade schools & high schools in the Northen Province.
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I first learned of ZSF back in about 2003 or 2004. Over the next few years I became quite involved helping with fund raising, gathering and shipping relief supplies, and going to Zambia to distribute supplies. Thanks to ZSF I've had some incredible life-changing experiences. Based on my limited experience and knowledge, I think that ZSF has experienced frustrations over the years, like all non-profits do, but at the present I believe they are doing a great job in Zambia. Their programs have a huge impact in the communities that they serve, and many lives have been changed for the better through the efforts of this fund. I know the founder personally and hold her in the highest regard. Her integrity and desire to help those in the most need in Zambia are beyond reproach. I highly recommend this fund.
I returned from a trip to Zambia in March of this year where we visited all the schools on their program, We met hundreds of students on the ZSF program, we spent two weeks with their young but willing Zambian employees and we sat in their office and looked over their book keeping.
It was all in order in fact Kelvin their accountant graduated with honors at a Zambian accountant school. I meet quarterly with the board, I have reviewed their current audit, I know they have been audited by the Utah Consumer Protection agency and passed with honors, they are accepted by the CFC and the better business bureau.
It only makes sense to me that since they have been helping in Zambia for 16 years they must truly care about the Zambian people. I feel confident that while all charities have their challenges the Zambia's Scholarship Fund has met these challenges and are better and stronger for them.
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I was going to say add Micro loans to their current program but I see on their website that they are going to do just that in January of 2015 Congratulations!!
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