Frazer Mwamba 34, Just like many beneficiaries under Zambia Scholarship Fund come from a very poor background having lost both parents when he was young. He is a second born in a family of six, three boys and three girls. Frazer came into contact with ZSF in April 2016, when he was doing his grade eight at Mungwi Technical Secondary School. Mr Brad McLaws who visited Zambia that year accompanied by other volunteers took interest in sponsoring Frazer. When Frazer completed his grade twelve in 2010, Mr McLaws sponsored him to do a four years’ degree program at Mukuba University in the school of natural science. In 2017, Frazer graduated with a merit from the university with a Bachelor of Education in Natural Sciences. In 2018, Frazer was engaged by ZSF to join the 46 teachers currently teaching in rural schools with low staffing. He cycles 10 kilometers every day from home to school and back. ‘whatever I’m, whatever I will be, I owe it to ZSF.’ ‘The investment the ZSF have put in me is now helping my family and the community.’
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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
435-279-8900 firstname.lastname@example.org Or Barbara at
Thank you for a fantastic year. Let’s keep the momentum up in 2019!!
May 5-21 2018: BYU School Solar System Project & Return to Mungwi Tech
Trip Notes, Links, and Details:
Check out some new items we are working on:
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!!
Secondary Day School (Bush Highschool) ZSF funded Construction
Chishimba Secondary Day School
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
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
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
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
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
I won’t even begin here to explain the situation at Chikulu – browse through my journal
as this was the focal point of the trip, moments I’ll never forget.
Chanda Mali, Mungwi, Patricia Mwaka – cell amplifier
Chilombwa, Mungwi, Noreen Mukutu – cell amplifier
Sera Chansa Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/wbIgrVtuBkEcCNT32
I want to share with you what touched my heart the most during my first trip to Zambia, but first a pre story.
We visited a handicapped school and I saw that children do not have enough benches and desks, some were very poorly dressed (after school when not in uniform) and they only had meal time once a day. I was so shocked. When you see these angels with disabilities and not having the basics, it just feels unreal. These pupils were so happy and with an open heart that I cannot describe. Many children live in the school, many disowned because of their disabilities.
Another place that will be engraved in my memory forever is the boys boarding school. At first it looked ok, or as ok as one would expect. Just before we were ready to leave we asked to see their dormitories. Here is when I almost lost it. Some do not have mattresses, or have very old ones. There are no closets. They sleep on bunk beds with old or missing mattresses. Others sleep on on metal trunks.The bathroom hasn't worked since plumbing gave out. The smell... well I will let you imagine. But you know what? Those kids are so happy and don't ask for anything. They laugh, and always wear a white shirt,classic black pants, and a tie. They keep their uniforms very clean even though they are nearly worn out.
At some point I asked if we had time to visit an orphanage. I thought I was prepared because of what I had already seen, but I just freaking lost it at that place. The most precious angles have a “house” of 6 bedrooms where 60 kids live. Yep 60 -- ages from 10 months and up. The living room has no roof and they cook on charcoal. They eat one (yes, please, think hard only one) meal a day and it's inshima, which is a corn powder of little nutrition. Their meal is at 5pm once a day. Some children die of hunger. They have no government support – I went to the government office and confirmed this. It's run by a wonderful family, who just could not turn the kids away. Multiple local journalist reports were written about these people. They live off donations but don't have a solid sponsor foundation that provides the support all the time.
The children are as happy as hungry children can be. I saw that facilitators clean the “facility” and take care of the children. Kids want to be held and I saw that they love the family who runs the
orphanage. Only 4 adults are taking care of 60 kids. The plates in the kitchen were clean. The point is I saw that the founders take care of children and love them. They are just dirt poor.
Do they have HIV?, you ask. I wondered the same. I talked to government officials, journalist, the founders of the orphanage and they told me that HIV infected children is more the exception that the rule. Why they are in an orphanage? Its common for mothers to die in childbirth. Relatives cannot or will not take them in for many reasons but HIV is not on top of the list.
I cannot fly home and pretend that their struggle does not continue. I just cannot. I only started to write this post two days after the first visit. I could hardly eat or sleep, I cried ... a lot. I wish I could bring you all there so you can see.
We have to raise the money to provide a second meal for these kids. The meal for all 60 kids is $20. Yep just $20. The goal is to raise $ for second meal for a year which is $7,300. We will be setting up a web page and different fundraisers. A question may be on your mind: how do you know that the money or food will not be stolen? Let me walk you through the plan:
1) The employee of 10 years of ZSF will buy food for 2 weeks and drop it off to the orphanage every two weeks and check on the well-being of the children. He will also take pictures for us.
2) He will provide receipts of purchased food.
3) I trust this employee in Zambia.
4) We will check on the kids when we return to Zambia.
Once we improve the food problem, we hope to build an orphanage / school building for them.
We cannot let them stay there. We will either need to build or buy an existing house and modify it to work as a school in the day and a place to sleep at night. It will most likely be a new one as we need at least 8 rooms, one side for girls and the other for boys. The land most likely will be given to us by the chief of one of the tribes. We will have to figure out the legalities of it all. We will apply for grants as well. To give you an idea, the building will cost about $50,000. Not super expensive, I think. We need people who are willing to work on this: raise money, work out details, dive into thepaperwork, etc.
These are real children who are starving right now. And we can stop it now. And yes I know we can't help them all, but we can do what we can. We can help these 60.
Contact me if you are willing to work with us in any capacity. If you have ideas, know someone, who can help, please, let me know. I don't know what I am
doing but I have to try to help.
Yuliya Love-Kryuchkova Lynch
Going to Zambia with Peggy, Karen and Yuliya was one of the funnest and inspiring trips I have ever taken. There was an emotional experience at each school we visited. I have to tell you about Clement Mwenya, pictured here with me. When we visited the last school, Kasama Boys School, on our last day, the principal told us about a boy that had come to him for help. He tested him and he tested the second highest score in the school. Because he was intelligent and wanted an education so bad, they let him start his 10th grade, working odd jobs around the campus for his fees. Like every other school principal we had met, Peggy told him we could not add any new students to the program, we already had 23 at this boy’s school and 5 on a waiting list.
I Iooked at Peggy and said; “it’s only $25.00 a month, right?” She said yes and I blurted out, “I’ll sponsor him!” When I met Clement, I asked him to write me a letter about his life so I could know more about him. He wrote for about 45 minutes and told me how his dad had died and his mom was suffering with cancer.
He knew he was intelligent because he always tested in the top 3 of the school he attended. He wanted an education so bad. He wants to be a doctor. I’m so proud to be able to sponsor him till he graduates from high school. When it’s time for him to attend college, I will be there to support him then too.
Maybe it was “Divine Intervention” that I was there when he needed me.
When I think about the $63.00 I spent taking two grandkids to see Beauty and the Beast in a Las Vegas Theater, I can’t help but think about those kids in Zambia that only need $25.00 a month to attend school. I feel blessed to be able to share my good fortune with them.
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