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Review for The Elizabeth Bowers Zambia Education Fund, Salem, OR, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Elizabeth (Beth) Bowers served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a remote village in northwest Zambia. She was tragically lost in a bicycle accident in 2002 while serving. I have known Beth's parents, Gerry and Linda, since the early 1990s. I first met Beth a few years later when she worked at my work place for two summers.
Out of this tragedy came something good--The Elizabeth Bowers Zambia Education Fund (EBZEF). It is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that originally began by providing scholarships for girls in the village. Beth was a wonderful role model for the young girls. They call themselves "Beth's Girls." It is impressive to see the changes and progress our small organization has accomplished in this village. In addition to the scholarships, there is a well-stocked Memorial Library, secondary school, pre-school, playground, teachers' houses, clean water, and an ablution block.
EBZEF has helped to educate over 315 Beth's Girls. The education of girls is strongly supported by the entire community. It has changed how they view educating girls and how the girls see themselves. EBZEF now provides scholarships for Beth's Girls in college and tertiary schools.
I am proud to have been involved with EBZEF since 2007. It is an amazing organization with a remarkable story. Nearly 100 percent of donations go to EBZEF projects. One reason EBZEF has been so successful is because of its partnerships with World Vision USA/Zambia, Engineers Without Borders, and Baal Dan Charities. But, most of all, EBZEF's success is due to the Executive Director, LInda Bowers, and EBZEF volunteers through their tireless work and passion. I highly recommend supporting this organization.

Role:  Board Member