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ZAMBIAS SCHOLARSHIP FUND

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Causes: Education, Primary & Elementary Schools, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Secondary & High Schools

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.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I have met the volunteers who keep this organization growing. They are capable and dedicated. I have received letters from students I have sponsored. I'm very pleased, even amazed, that my $30/month has provided schooling & sustinance for a student. This is a top charity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ZSF is an amazing charity that gives kids opportunities to work for an education that they would not otherwise be able to obtain in their circumstances. Those who sponsor students are able to lift these children from poverty so they can earn an education to support themselves, breaking the chain of generational poverty and building a better future for their families. The school for children with disabilities teaches them skills that give them self worth and jobs that they would not be able to find otherwise, and the micro loans have been a blessing to many of the people, especially single mothers raising children to rise above the poverty level and giving their families better lives.
I have worked with the ZSF and have been involved with helping line up trips for volunteers to go to Zambia to meet with those who receive the benefits from the ZSF. I am not aware of another charity where the volunteers are so selfless and where there is not a paid infrastructure.

Donor

Rating: 5

In the early 1970's, I was a lecturer at the University of Zambia. One of the objectives of the University was to produce school teachers in a program that offered free tuition in return for several years of service. Most of the graduates, however, managed to avoid the "service". Zambian school teachers were poorly paid and were often sent to remote parts of the country where the classroom was also their home. Little wonder that the graduates did everything they could to avoid teaching. The system clearly was not functioning.

Then, some years ago,I discovered the ZSF in a charity document distributed by the US government. An all-volunteer organization had a plan to improve education in the most remote part of Zambia, the Northern Province. I immediately recognized that the plan had merit: ZSF would help fund children in the Province to finish secondary and high school, and then support selected students to attend a college for teachers. The real key to the program, however, is that the best of the graduates would be offered teaching jobs at one of the schools supported by ZSF. Thus, the cycle of education was complete: children to employed teachers.

My understanding is that some of the ZSF's teachers have now been offered positions at government sponsored schools, a really tangible success in a part of the country where jobs are almost non-existent. Congratulations to all the volunteers who have helped in making this program a success.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Zambia Scholarship fund is an organization that gives back 100% to the people in Zambia. They can be trusted to deliver. I personal know Peggy Rogers (the founder and President of this organization) and the sacrifice she has made her whole life in helping others. She has given her time, money and love to the Zambia Scholarship fund so that her friends in Zambia can better themselves and their people. I also have went to Zambia to oversee that the funds were being used appropiately and that the children were attending school. I used my own money and covered all of my own expenses as did the other 3 women that went with me. Everyone who goes pays there own way, even Peggy who has gone somewhere around 16 time. The people are so appreciatative of the educations they are receiving and many more plead for a chance to go to school. Their are alot of them that go on to College and became teachers themselves. To ensure them a job after Graduation the Zambia Scholarship fund gives them a small salary so they can continue to teach. Many travel around 50 miles once a month to pick up their paycheck. I was so impressed with these Beautiful people and their desire to learn and help others. Denise Anger

Karen H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a group of people with one objective, helping people who because of place of birth, do not share the oppoortunities we have. Each member of the board and each person working on the committees is working hard on a volunteer basis to bless the lives of people a world away.

Kathryn Pruett P.

Donor

Rating: 5

Honest people running an honest nonprofit. Regular visits to Zambia ensure the money is being used properly.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is one non-profit organization that has helped schools in Zambia that has children with disabilities. i personally visited the school called Chilehse Chepela in Kasama Zambia. i also saw the work its doing to improve the healthy living and standards for children in boarding schools at both Kasama girls secondary and Kasama boys secondary. I was asked to see other projects but I just had no time to visit all the projects.

Donor

Rating: 5

Education is the key to success. They have built a program that educates teachers who educate students in rural areas. This foundation is respected in Zambia.

Donor

Rating: 5

Peggy Rogers,the founder of the Zambia Scholarship Fund in my friend. She asked to teach sewing in Zambia to young women who needed a way to create a business for themselves. I went with three other women who talk cooking and lotion making. We worked with both young women and young men and taught them a new skill. They were so excited. We also visited the schools that the Zambia Scholarship Fund sponsors. These people want to learn and grow and get an education. This fund is a blessing for these young people. I like this Zambia Scholarship Fund because it is truly a non-profit organization. All funds go to the students except for the wages of it's two employees who oversee the organization in Kasama, Zambia. As well as a volunteer, my husband and I are donors.

Board Member

Rating: 5

"Zambia Scholarship Fund" is extraordinary! Every cent of donations goes to the people of Zambia and the Officers and Board that oversee this effort are outstanding! If ever a country in the world needed help educating its young people, it is Zambia. This organization provides education for teachers, who then go into the "Bush" and other areas of the country, where there is so little to offer children and young people in poverty, and teach them, giving them hope for now and for the future! Hats off to "Zambia Scholarship Fund!"

Board Member

Rating: 5

My wife started giving to the Zambia Scholarship Fund about 12 years ago. She was putting a couple of Zambian kids through high school. She was later asked to be over a school and assign students to sponsors. She felt a little overwhelmed because she had so many other things going on in her life. I took over for her. As of that time I knew little about the ZSF and had not personally made a contribution to it. I soon realized that 100% of the funds donated to the ZSF (with the exception of a required audit costs) go to help the people in Zambia including the two Zambian employees of the fund. I found out that those volunteers that go to Zambia pay for their own airfare, lodging, food, gas for the vehicle they are taken around in to visit the schools, etc. I was shocked to find there was such a charity in existence. I began to investigate other charities and found that most spent the majority of their donations in payment of salaries and expenses for the corporate structure. For example, the President of the American Red Cross makes a salary in excess of $1,000,000.00 a year and only about 10 cents on the dollar actually goes to victims of natural disasters or of wars. The Red Cross is a great charity and does much good, but like most large charities, little of the funds donated actually reach those in need. Peggy Rogers, the ZSF President, receives no salary or reimbursement for expenses. She does this out of a love for mankind. I acknowledge that the bigger a charity becomes it is impossible to maintain the structure without a lot of overhead. That is why the ZSF does almost all of its work in the Northern providence of Zambia and is not trying to take on the world. Well one thing lead to another for me as I became involved. I have now taken both of my daughters to Zambia and my wife. These were on three separate trips. Their lives were all changed for the better by the experience. My wife put a young man in Zambia through medical school and she was able to met him in 2016. It was touching. They had been emailing each other almost weekly when she first agreed to put him through medical school. He graduated in August of 2017 and is now working in a hospital and is doing a residency to become a pediatric surgeon. This young man has a remarkable life story. He never knew his "father" and was given up by his mother at a very young age. He had a love of learning and against all odds he is now a medical doctor--the ZSF's first graduate from medical school. My wife and I put many young man and women through teachers college and high school in Zambia each year. I now lead a trip to Zambia every other year. My heart has been touched and I am amazed at the kindness, charity and love of those that give to help educate the poor in Zambia. I am most amazed at the Zambian people and their gratitude for what the ZSF is doing for them. I am now the Vice President and Chairman of the Board of the fund. The ZSF has given many opportunities to the poor in Zambia who otherwise would be bound by the shackles of poverty. I have met with numerous Zambians in the Northern Providence who are now making a living and supporting a family thanks to the ZSF. If anyone is interested on going on a humanitarian trip to Zambia, at your own expense, I am the person to contact. I can promise you it will change your life and you will see God's tender mercies in action. JIm Boud, 801-558-3625.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Peggy Rogers had the notion that she could build a successful charity organization by writing a book. Being one not particularly schooled in the writing process, whose grammar and spelling were not a strong suit, this was an amazing accomplishment in itself.
I became acquainted with Peggy through her husband, a fellow teacher at Rocky Mountain Jr. High. Her book "Heart To Heart, World Apart" was newly published at that time, and Peggy needed audience to share her story and build awareness of her ambitious dreams–providing education for young people in many remote villages in Zambia and funding the training and support of their local teachers.
For a number of years, I brought Peggy Rogers before groups, large and small, of English students, so that our students might know her story, see her accomplishment, and appreciate her zeal. Peggy's example inspired my young students to believe in their possibilities as writers. We also raised funds, donated school supplies that were transported to Zambia, and some students became pen pals. Peggy's message was that education matters, that going to school is a privilege not every young person enjoys, and that education is the only way for a people to move out of poverty. These are important principles for young people in the community in which I have taught.
These past twenty years I have seen Peggy Rogers keep her dream year by year, increasing here a little and there a little, inspiring others by her sheer determination, great personal sacrifice, and largely, by her tremendous heart. I have watched as Peggy's very ambitious and challenge-filled personal endeavor has become a highly respected charitable organization managed by many dedicated and caring volunteers. It is truly exciting to see Zambia Scholarship Fund enjoying a growing reach in its unique service.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been sponsoring students in Zambia for 15 years. I am now on the board of the ZSF ne person aland this year I flew to Zambia to meet the students, teachers and micro fund recipients. It was so enlightening to see the joy and appreciation the people of Zambia have for this organization. Zambia has 91% unemployment and most of the people survive on what they can grow or make and sell. An education past 7th grade is the best way to help the children in Zambia. The government only provides school free through 7th grade. ZSF volunteers have been sponsoring students , schools, teachers and college students for 18 years. Because it is only $25 a month for a High School student or $40 for a college student, this nonprofit is one that anyone could afford to contribute to. Every penny goes into Zambia because we are all volunteers, even paying our own expenses when traveling to Zambia.
This organization was started by one person after she visited a college friend in Zambia 19 years ago. This is an example of what one person can do to change the lives of thousands of people in poverty.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.