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The Elizabeth Bowers Zambia Education Fund

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education

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

Programs: Over 315 scholarship recipients, "Beth's Girls," have received scholarships from EBZEF. Fifteen young women are in college or have graduated and are pursuing a profession. As the largest library in the province, the Lumwana West Elizabeth Bowers Memorial Library is in full use by students, teachers, the community, and visitors from other areas. EBZEF initiated a pre-school in the village with over 60 children currently attending. We facilitated a partnership with Baal Dan foundation to build a pre-school structure with latrines for the children. We also facilitated a partnership with Engineers Without Borders to build a high school science lab, now under construction. EBZEF is partnered with World Vision USA/Zambia and building a secondary school in Lumwana West.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

Small, but mighty. This nonprofit has helped educate over 315 girls. EBZEF strives to break the cycle of poverty through education. What a pleasure to volunteer with them, making a difference on the other side of the world!



Rating: 5

EBZEF has shown that if you truly have a passion about something you can create something far beyond expectations and help others. Everyone who helps out with EBZEF sees the passion behind the board members and especially the founder, Linda Bowers. She has committed many years to this organization with her daughter as her motivation.

EBZEF is a great non-profit to support, every dollar donated has had a great impact on the Zambian women education. EBZEF has big plans and needs the support of everyone they can get! The secondary school they are planning on creating will take a plethora of support. I'm amazed about how much impact this small non-profit has had in Zambia and would highly recommend supporting this non-profit if you can!

7 Gunnar G.


Rating: 5

I have supported this fund since its foundation. It is named for Elizabeth Bowers, a young woman who worked for my University, Tokyo International University of America (TIUA), which is affiliated with Willamette University, both located in Salem, Oregon. During her employment with us, Beth was an example of someone who knew the power of "giving back." She worked with our students from Willamette's sister university (Tokyo International University/Japan). She demonstrated leadership, conscientiousness, professionalism, and, above all, a sincere caring attitude about others, whether they were the students she was guiding, or her faculty and staff colleagues. When I heard that Beth had joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to work in Zambia, I was not surprised. We were all very happy for her and proud of our association with such an outstanding young person. Beth met with a tragic accident, riding her bicycle along a roadway in the local area, near the village where she was working. In a very short time, Beth had become a member of this community and had already made an important impact. That village has adopted Beth as one of their native children. She lives today for them and through the EBZEF efforts started by her parents, Linda and Gerry, her impact continues to multiply. As a result of this fund, which has a clear and dedicated focus on the education of the young people in that area, especially young women, Beth is still very much alive in the hearts of everyone who knows her and thanks her for what she has done, and continues to do, to help young people achieve their dreams. These efforts have included the building of school buildings, a library, and the establishment of scholarship funds that have helped young women achieve their goals beyond what would have been possible otherwise. Every time that I donate to EBZEF I know, firsthand, that the donation is going to forward the original purpose behind Beth's first contribution that she gave, and gives, through her service to her adopted community. I encourage others to consider donating to this important cause.

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