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2018 End of the Year Report

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2018 End of the Year Report PDF with pictures

2018 Year End Report

This past year ZSF had the best year yet!

Because of you we helped: 228 high school students, 115 college students, 55 micro-fund fund recipients, 53 elementary school teachers, purchased: 30 bicycles, a 2nd meal at the Kasama Orphanage, filled the handicapped school’s cafeteria with benches, installed 5 solar panels for light & communication in bush schools, Built 4 bush high schools!

To see current pictures & video’s of students, schools, trips, old & new projects, visit our website.

In 2019 we plan on installing a solar panel at each of our elementary schools located in the bush . . .

But that’s not all . . .
We have 3 big projects underway. One is ‘A Light In the Darkness’. If we bring light to teachers, they can prepare lessons at night & charge phones so they can reach the outside world. Thus they like to stay in the bush to teach the written English language, and light is given both literally and figuratively.
  Next is our new Orphanage/school. In a country where giving birth is still a life or death situation, there are many orphans, children who have no one to help them attend school. We would like to build a safe orphanage where babies and children can live and be cared for at night, and attend school every day.

Lastly is the making of our new documentary. We are sending a professional crew out to film a day in the life of some of our most remote school teachers, and follow students that live in a village but walk to school carrying their weekly food on their back and on Friday go back home to gather more food for the coming week. We love the idea of sharing a day in the life of teachers and students!
But it will require professional camera equipment, batteries, chargers, and much, much, filming & editing time.

How will we do it all?
A Twenty Year Celebration!!
Yes, we have been helping schools, students, teachers, children, communities, thousands of Zambians over the past twenty years.
2019 Marks our twentieth year.
And we need your help to make it special. We want to invite everyone who has ever helped over the years. We want to recharge our batteries and mingle & meet with new people while sharing with others the difference they can make, by giving very little.

Can we count on you?
Saturday November 16th 5:30 PM (Little America, Salt lake City, Utah.) Highlights of the evening include dinner, a sneak preview of the documentary, special musical number, Zambian nativity scenes. Bring your spouse, your family members, and your friends.
The cost is 100 dollars per ticket. (Most of this will go towards our new projects)
If you wish to purchase a ticket or send a donation by mail to:

Zambia’s Scholarship Fund
PO Box 515
Brigham City Utah 84302

Or you can purchase tickets on our website with a credit card at: www.zambiascholarshipfund.org

It will take a lot of help to make this night special.
We definitely need volunteers.
If you would like to volunteer call or email
Peggy at
435-279-8900 peggyzambia@gmail.com Or Barbara at
801-589-0336 ssentllc@gmail.com

Thank you for a fantastic year. Let’s keep the momentum up in 2019!!

Sincerely,
ZSF Staff

2018 End of the Year Report & Jan 2019 Newsletter

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Happy 2019!!

This time of year may seem slow for some, but we at Zambia Scholarship Fund know it’s a time to put on our work gloves!   2019 will be our most exciting year yet and there is much to do!
Much to do!!

Going forward you can look for a few things in our newsletters

  • A sponsor spotlight
  • News & updates on current projects
  • Updates on our 20-Year Celebration plans

But first…  I know it has been said before, it must be said again – Thank You!  – Yes you!!   Thank you all — All of you!! For everything you do to support Zambia Scholarship Fund!  It wouldn’t be possible, in fact, it would be completely impossible, to touch, to change, the lives of so many without your caring hearts, your giving hands, your sincere and generous love!

Thank You!!

Our first Sponsor Spotlight of 2019

Troy & Aimee live in MD.  Troy works for the Federal Government.  They donate to ZSF through the CFC (Combined Federal Campaign) an organization that brings caring people together.  If you are interested in learning more about the CFC, click on the following link.  https://www.opm.gov/combined-federal-campaign/    

The following is a letter Troy & Aimee wrote to Peggy.  It is such a beautiful letter, we wanted to share it in its entirety with all of you.

Hi Peggy,

BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front) – Wanted to let you know I’ve submitted Zambian Scholarship Fund success stories that will be published for the CFC campaign in an organization newsletter.

A colleague at work is a champion for the Combined Federal Campaign.  We were discussing different charities and I, of course, took the opportunity to discuss my favorite charity (Zambian Scholarship Fund).  She asked if I had any success stories I could share.  I told her I was sure I could get one.

I hope you don’t mind, I borrowed from material that was recently sent to us regarding the Light in the Darkness Campaign.  Unfortunately, due to rules of the campaign, I was not allowed to specifically use the name of the Zambian Scholarship Fund but I did my best to give ZSF specific hints.  Here is my submission in it’s entirety:

My name is not important, but your name is.  You might feel like there is no way to make a dent in the ever growing pile of hopeful causes. But much like the proverbial star fish flinger, I am here to tell you that is not the case.

You can, and do, make a difference.

Consider this letter to the organization from a beneficiary:

“Dear Sponsor
My name is Ruth Chileohe and I am a girl aged 15 years old.  I come from a family of seven and I am the last born.
I lost my parent when I was just five years old. I was left with my elder sister who is just an ordinary business lady. She sells vegetables and tomatoes to make ends meet. Hence I face a lot of hardship in life, in terms of finding money to buy school material. For that reason I end up struggling.
I stay in Kasama, Musenga township.
So I appeal to you dear sponsor, to keep on sponsoring me in order to acquire decent education in life.
Am thanking you always, God bless you.
              yours sincerely,
              Chileohe Ruth”

Or this one ….

“Dear Sponsor,
Firstly I greet you. I would like to give thanksgiving and appreciation to you for the aid you are providing me. I am doing grade 11 now at the age of 17 years. In my education, I am facing a number of consequences. I am a double orphan staying with my unmarried sister in a powerless renting house. Actually, we eat food once a day. I am staying approximately 2 km away from school. In my family of 5, excluding parents, I am the only one who has reached this grade. I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters who have never been to school and they are jobless as at now. Since grade 10, I have been experiencing eye problems for lack of lens glasses. Unfortunately, I cannot afford to buy spectacles. This program is very important and beneficial because without it I will stop schooling. This program will make me achieve my goal of drawing and rescuing me and my family out of the Jaws of poverty. It will also make me a better and respected member of the society, reliable and depended on by people other than my relatives. My future on education and my education depends on this program. This program is vital as it is providing and enhancing education to people alike. Be blessed.
              Yours faithfully,
              Frank Chansa”

This year marks twenty years for this charitable organization. They have decided to embark on one of their biggest projects ever; to equip 50 village school teachers with solar panels for communication & light. They call this a light in the darkness for two reasons.
Literally speaking these teachers live without electricity. Figuratively speaking they are bringing light to children who live in the darkness of, a lack, of education …
Sixty-Five percent of  Zambians still live in the bush, meaning they live in a hut surviving off the land with no electricity, no running water, little or no education, no money, many times speaking a tribal language that is not even a written language. They will never be able to send their children to school past the seventh grade. High Schools are located in towns & after seventh grade education must be paid for by the student & their families. In a country where jobs are scarce, the government has no revenue to help.
They began this project last May when a group of electrical engineers volunteered & paid their own way to go over & put solar panels on five of these schools. The solar panels provided 2 great things; lanterns for teachers to see & prepare lessons at night & cell phone chargers so they could communicate with the outside world.
They couldn’t believe the outcome. The teachers literally cried with joy. Their greatest challenge has always been to keep teachers at these schools. It is difficult for anyone to live in these conditions but with just two luxuries (a bicycle & a solar panel) these wonderful teachers have a better chance at making it.

You can, and do, make a difference.

My name is Troy Corbett and education in Africa is my cause.

(end of submission)

Thank you SO MUCH Troy & Aimee for your support!  We Love You!!!

Below is a snapshot of our 2018 Year End Report.  Please pay special attention to the piece about our upcoming 20-Year Anniversary Celebration!

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For Tickets to our 2019 20-Year Celebration: http://zambiascholarshipfund.org/20th-anniversary-celebration/

Our email address: zambiascholarshipfund@gmail.com

Visit our Web site at  www.zambiascholarshipfund.org

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Mailing address:  Zambia Scholarship Fund PO box 515 Brigham City UT 84302

Zambia Night Tonight Monday 5 Nov 2018

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A Quick Reminder – Short & Sweet!

Zambia Night 2018 is finally here!

Monday, November 5th 6:30pm

Kaysville Library
215 North Fairfield Rd
Kaysville, Utah

ph: 801-451-1800

We’ll See You There!

Our email address is www. zambiascholarshipfund@gmail.com

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May 5-21 2018: BYU School Solar System Project & Return to Mungwi Tech

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May 5-21 2018: BYU School Solar System Project & Return to Mungwi Tech

June 2018 ZSF NewsLetter

4 Weary Travelers Return from Zambia with Stories to Tell . . .

AJ Roth, AJ Bradford, Jim Perreault and Richard Tanner recently returned from a history-making trip to Zambia. The following are condensed excerpts of their experiences. For more detailed versions, come hear about their experiences in person. Saturday, June 9th at 7:00 pm. 51 East 1450 North American Fork, Utah. Unfortunately AJ Roth is unable to attend this presentation but will share his experience at a TBD later date.

Jim Perreault – An Eclectic Bunch
Four modern-day pioneers set off in May for the Northern Province of Zambia to install solar panels on schools in the African bush. We were an eclectic bunch: AJ Roth, the trip lead ; Andrew (AJ) Bradford, the student who lead the solar panel project at BYU ; Richard Tanner, who had taught in Zambia at Mungwi Tech over 50 years ago and was returning for the first time; and myself, a colleague of AJs who was there to support him. While I have gone on similar trips in the past, this was my first trip to Zambia and my first time in Africa. I was not fully prepared for what I saw. The level and extent of the need in Zambia was beyond my wildest expectations. So too were the levels of hospitality, enthusiasm, and hard work that we encountered. Everywhere we went we were greeted with joy and generosity. When we got stuck in the mud, the whole village turned out to help us. Such joy and pride lifts the soul. We accomplished what we set out to do, installing solar panels at 5 schools, enabling them to power lanterns so they can study or prepare lessons at night. Additionally, on 3 of the schools, we installed cell phone amplifiers, bringing cell service to regions for the first time. Words cannot describe the feelings of accomplishment we had on the day we installed that first amplifier, giving the Zambians not only cell service but also a connection to the Internet. In the middle of the bush! Everyone was ecstatic! All our hard work had paid off.

Richard Tanner – Zambia Revisited, Fifty Years Later

The Zambian welcome was as warm as the weather. The month of May was a good time to visit with the country lush after the rains and not too hot. Thanks to generous friends I delivered 60 kg of materials to schools, most to Mungwi Boys where I taught from 1964-67. It looks like my work has just begun The school hall, (the largest building for over 200 miles around) has been condemned and I found the facilities very run down. With Zambia’s population grown by four times since 1964 and still only a quarter of eligible children attending secondary school, I realize the government has many calls on its limited budget.

I joined the three Americans installing solar panels on their visit to Chisali School. I saw the proverbial class under a tree and when asking what would happen when the rains come in November was shown the piles of bricks, stones and sand that villagers have gathered ready to build two more classrooms when funds allow.
Unfortunately Mungwi School was on vacation so I didn’t meet the boys I sponsor but hope they appreciated the presents I left for them. However, I did meet two of my former students; one told me he’d been Botswana’s Sr. Prosecuting Counsel and the other I learnt was Zambia’s Minister for Trade and Industry. Let us hope and pray that other Mungwi boys are following in such
eminent footsteps.

AJ Bradford- Different Qualities or Classes of Life Experiences!!
Of our motley crew I’m definitely the one with the least life experience to speak of, but I think that there are definitely different qualities or classes of life experiences – and the highest of all these classes are the riveting ones that suddenly call our complete attention; the ones that give us pause; the ones we hold close and revere; the ones that remind us of hope. My time in Zambia was exactly that. Despite the fact that we were saddened by the sight of destitute children and families, and we often got frustrated, stuck with our wheels spinning in the mud (literally), the emotional impression that followed me on the plane from Lusaka was the joy, gratitude, earnestness and warmth we received from our Zambian friends in response to ZSF’s work and even the mere presence of us volunteers.
I feel blessed to the point of guilt for the opportunity to affect the lives of many teachers and students through the solar project, and I’m amazed at all we were able to accomplish. I think that we cannot fathom at this point all the positive benefits of the project. Admittedly I also feel a sense of anxiety and responsibility for the long-term upkeep of the systems we installed, and I think that we’ll have much to learn as we follow up with our teachers and students.
I hope that those involved in ZSF understand that their impressive work is completely changing lives and making possible the formerly impossible. Thanks be to the ZSF boards and to the many donors.

AJ Roth – “It’s Not Over!”
BYU Student Andrew Bradford points his Go-pro at me and asks on our last day in Kasama, “What’s your last words for the trip?” I’m short with him and simply say “It’s not over”. With 16 Days in country a few of the things we did included 5 schools now with solar & rechargeable lanterns. 3 with cell phone amplifiers providing service. A ZSF accounting audit. Meeting with Zambia ZSF board. Visits to sponsored construction of 3 Bush High Schools. Chikuku Orphanage planning. A meeting with over 90% of ZSF sponsored teachers. And 21 more needed bikes for teachers use at schools! Words can’t describe the success, lasting, positive, life-changing, sustainable impacts Zambia’s Scholarship Fund is making, and the humble infinite gratitude offered by hundreds we met who have been touched through the domino effect of education. Andrew, Jim, and I were fortunate to witness the appreciation first hand, however the entirety of the credit and gratitude goes to each of you individual donors and sponsors who as a ZSF team are making tremendous strides in an enormously challenging environment where there are mountains of needs. In Bemba they say Natotela Sana!

Conclusion

Sera Chansa

After returning to the states my mind has often been caught away, 3 pages into reading my kids a book I find myself pondering on the kids that may never be read such a nice kids book in their lives. Driving down the road I’m amazed at the road crews, pavement, multiple lanes. I tell co-workers the trip was “good”. Earlier this week I’m informed via our teacher Roy Simwanza through a Whatsapp txt “we have lost, madam… of Mankalala Primary school.. Condolences to the family..” Sera Chansa, single mother and working teacher, who was well, happy, and smiling at our teachers meeting 2 weeks prior complained of a headache on 27 May in her village 82 km from town, an ambulance called, and hours later before reaching the hospital she passed away. These teachers, these students, our staff in Zambia are heroes. The sacrifices they make in their quest to help their own country escape poverty is immeasurable. I pray we continue to open our hearts and wallets to allow these efforts to continue in a magical place of love, life, and hope. My reflection on the trip and ZSF remains the same – “It’s not over”. AJ Roth

See more project details, budget, video’s, and pictures soon at http://zambiascholarshipfund.org/solar
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Trip Notes, Links, and Details:

Check out some new items we are working on:

http://zambiascholarshipfund.org/map/

Benches

We visited the Chilishe Special Need’s School where ZSF just paid for much needed new lunch benches! No longer do students have to eat standing up!!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/h2c2Mrmp4nTzkv4i7

Secondary Day School (Bush Highschool) ZSF funded Construction

Chishimba Secondary Day School

Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Pa0qnH1s3oWRrF2W2

See on Map: https://goo.gl/maps/cgr8X8DBNF42 (construction complete)

Two secondary teachers Derek and Jacob greeted us with some of the biggest smiles I’ve ever seen. They eagerly showed us the 1×4 classroom structure ZSF paid for complete with Chalkboards, new desks being delivered, and books purchased. See a short video of the school at https://youtu.be/PLpd1g_jZpY and other ZSF video’s by following your youtube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC7pcfxcTmSXNBP08PqzcjQ

Milingu Secondary Day School

Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/6nbelufX3m8c8e0j2

See on Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ZKg9FqY7WBL2 (site – construction almost to roof)

Milingu’s head mistress, a smiling kind teacher, and beaming local elder head of the PTA kindly walked us around the bustling construction site where over 5 men and older boys were busy moving cement, stacking cinder blocks, and creating structural supports. About 2 hours every day primary kids meet outside in rain or shine while secondary students finish up their am classes. Students and staff are ecstatic as the construction complete’s in the next months for the first ever secondary class buildings at the new only 1 year in session sharing buildings Milingu Secondary Day School! See also in photo’s the original Milingu school from the 50’s!

Mulobola Secondary Day School

Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/5mJdoo4np6wf2QFt2

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/xjur2SFPoQ72 (site only)

Friday 11 May after bureaucratic run arounds to get last minute letter describing our project printed on official letterhead to the head of Northern Province School’s, we trudged ~3+ hours along what I thought would be the roughest road we’d take our trip… little did I know future drives would be following foot path’s on no road, at-least we had one here. The Mulobola Head Mistress described the situation splitting up school days and sharing facilities with primary and secondary students. This is the most remote secondary day school we are currently working with, building it’s first 1×3 building and providing scholarships. See pictures to view the plot of land that construction is just starting on now that roads are accessible since the late rainy seasons end, local and skilled workers from town are being hired by the Head Mistress and local Catholic Church leadership with our staff’s help. Good news, now many of our secondary students who walk over 40 km (25 miles) beginning and end of each week from our neighbouring Mbusa primary school can bring a rechargeable battery powered lantern with them to study with! They charge it over the weekend at our newly installed Mbusa primary school and light lasts 200 hours on one charge!

School Solar and Cell Amplifier Project

Mbusa, Kasama District, Saviour Mwape

https://photos.app.goo.gl/YGBIgxzpK4HywLE42

One of the furthest distant primary schools in Kasama District at 113 Km from town and the majority of 1 day to get to, mainly vehicle accessible in dry season due to road passing through swamp land. Saviour the teacher there is a ZSF success story, losing both mother and father at a young age, he was put on ZSF Mungwi Technical School for Boys scholarship after having top primary scores, and being present for 2 weeks where he was allowed to attend classes but wasn’t given food or lodging until he was fortunate to be awarded a ZSF scholarship. He then achieved a ZSF sponsored college diploma in Primary education, and now teaches over 150 children and is working on a distance college degree program, while also being a pastor for the local village congregation. He says he couldn’t be happier for being more blessed in life.

 

Chisali, Mungwi District, Andrew Changala

https://photos.app.goo.gl/vSHSys7GwMWIqVyr1

Chisali Primary lies within easy reach of the paved road and has received a little more care than most schools over the past decades, although this is saying little. It’s structures are termite eaten and care was taken not to break beams while mounting panel on the roof. There was an old HF radio and 50 Watt panel that hadn’t been broke for over 7 years, so we helped the locals add our 150 watt panel in parallel and hooked up our 150 amp hour battery.

 

Chikulu, Mungwi, Christopher Mumba – cell amplifier

https://photos.app.goo.gl/efNIM3izZHXTPAqX2

I won’t even begin here to explain the situation at Chikulu – browse through my journal

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ov3uukBk-ru2K-QwFh1hrPNY98KeZjrCZzA4JiUZTX0/edit?usp=sharing

as this was the focal point of the trip, moments I’ll never forget.

 

Chanda Mali, Mungwi, Patricia Mwaka – cell amplifier

https://photos.app.goo.gl/Lfy6JQjvVdDolLvy1

 

Chilombwa, Mungwi, Noreen Mukutu – cell amplifier

https://photos.app.goo.gl/0OLegziapUG5nNUg1

 

Sera Chansa Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/wbIgrVtuBkEcCNT32

 

Jim’s Food Blog: https://jimsdiningguides.wordpress.com/2018/08/22/dining-guide-to-zambia/