Many of you are wondering what to do next. . .
If you received an individual application form and a group picture of the students at your school, you don’t need to do anything. This was sent out for two reasons. First, we want to share the students’ yearly application forms with you. Second, some sponsors have expressed a desire to write to one specific student. However, because of funding and student logistics, please understand that your donation goes to support the school you received a letter from. If you want to write or send care packages, you can write to the student you received an application from or to the group of ZSF students at your school. The address of the school is on the application form. However, keep in mind that you are now contributing to a school, not necessarily one particular student.
More information, please!
Darin Andersen, one of our ZSF volunteers, heads up the e-commerce website, embroidery.com. He has a vision of how an investment in technology would significantly enhance ZSF’s outreach and donor experience.
Imagine this: A website with a private login for all sponsors, students, teachers, and volunteers. Sponsors would automatically receive updates on their student, school, or micro-loan including photos, recipient interviews, and written correspondence. Current and prospective donors could browse a list of student and microloan applications and choose whom or what to sponsor. The website would accept donations by credit card and automatically send out reminders for missed payments. Donors would have secure access to their payment history. The website would include a message board and donor forum for online conversations and posts regarding ZSF. Volunteers would have an access point for the information needed to complete their assignments and manage collaborative projects. Volunteers and administrators in Africa could upload progress reports via their smartphone.
Although an information system with these capabilities would be expensive to implement and maintain, Darin believes that it would attract more donors, and make existing donations and volunteer work more effective. He feels the benefits to Zambia students would far outweigh the cost.
The ZSF has striven for 100% of a sponsor’s donation to go directly to the student, school, or micro-loan they are sponsoring and will not depart from this goal. We would like to know if there is an interest in pursuing development of the proposed ZSF Web Hub and if there are people or foundations willing to donate specifically toward this endeavor. The cost estimate is around $25,000 to develop and $1000 per month to maintain.
How can we do better?
We are trying to make your experience with ZSF a good one, but we need your feedback. If you would like to make suggestions, or or if you want to make a donation towards the new ZSF Web Hub, give us a call at 435-279-8900. If you would like to meet with our board in person to discuss things, we will on holding a ZSF volunteer and sponsor meeting in September. All are welcome to attend. More about that in will be in our next newsletter.
Look what’s new for 2016!
Happy girls unload paint for the finishing touch to their new dorm
Thanks to each of you, Zambia’s Scholarship Fund will be able to help even more students this year than last year! Because of your generous donations during 2016, we were able to increase the number of students at each school from 15 to 20. We were also able to add two new schools – Mbusa Jr. High and Mpika Teachers’ College. This brings the total number of schools we help to 7 high schools and 3 teachers’ colleges. We have increased the number of teachers on our adopt-a-school program to 45, and we have given out 55 micro finance opportunities to new Zambian entrepreneurs. Wow! Thank you.
Our Adopt-A School Teachers:
ZSF information on Facebook
Coming in February……..see all of our applicants, our high school and college students, our teachers, and our volunteers on facebook. We will be posting their names and information in order to get this information out to YOU. It will be updated every 6 months to keep you current. Just visit us on facebook. Not on facebook? Email Peggy for a complete CD of the listings.
ZSF Vice-President Jim Boud and his daughter visiting Cheleshe Chepela,
the school for the handicapped, in 2015
Jim Boud (pictured above with the students), our vice president, and his lovely wife, Linda, will visit Zambia in March. If you wish to send anything with him for your school or your students, please contact Linda at Linda4Zambia@yahoo.com. If you are not sure which school you are sponsoring or the names of the students at your school, please email Halee at email@example.com
Jim Boud (our ZSF Vice President) and his wife Linda have just returned from a very successful trip to Zambia. In Kasama they attended a meeting where all but three of our 55 micro-loan recipients were in attendance. Jim and Linda were impressed with what the micro-loan recipients had accomplished with just $200 worth of start-up equipment and/or product.
Christabel and Charles Chitundu started a business making school uniforms for student grades 1-12 with the treadle sewing machine the ZSF purchased for them. Thomas Mubanga is selling vegetables and other food items from a small stand and supporting his family by doing so. Chanda Ngulube opened a stand selling phone cards and has now added other products. Enless Ngulube opened her own small sewing shop in town and has more work than she can keep up with. Linda and Jim visited her shop (see picture below) and Linda ordered a skirt, which Enless had ready two days later. Another woman opened a hair salon, and she and her husband are having a difficult time keeping up with the customer demand. Another couple successfully raise and sell 100 chickens every 6-7 weeks, having started with just 25 less than a year ago. One crippled man sews on the porch in front of another shop attached to a home (see picture below). He is now totally self-sufficient.
Jim and Linda reported all this as tears ran down their faces. We wish each of you could have heard their emotional report. Everyone at the micro-finance meeting in Zambia expressed their appreciation for the opportunities provided by the ZSF. Jim conservatively estimated that 1 in 4 micro-loan recipients have created a job successful enough to provide for their entire family. Yuliya Love-Kryuchkova Lynch, the Utah ZSF volunteer over the micro loan program, was so excited over the Boud’s positive report that she has decided to go to Zambia next year with Peggy to fine-tune the program to ensure its continued success.
Computer Savvy Volunteers Needed
Please spread the word that we are in need of some young volunteers who are good at computer skills (such as face book, instagram, excel spread sheets, scanning, answering emails from Zambia, etc)
High school students we sponsor at Kasama Girls School
Jim had a great idea on how to provide continued assistance to ZSF high school graduates. He sat down with each principal of the four teachers’ colleges we sponsor and instructed that from now on, one-half of all the students we sponsor through college must be graduates of our high school scholarship program. When he visited each of the high schools we sponsor, he told the students if they finish high school and want to go to teachers’ college, there are scholarships waiting for them. Good idea, Jim!
Darious Chanda, one of our teachers in our “Adopt-a-school” program, rides 45 miles on the bike we furnished him to pick up his pay from ZSF and purchase groceries each month.
Jim and Linda met with the PEO, the education official over the Northern Province of Zambia. The PEO said he was very impressed with the ZSF’s ‘Adopt-a-School’ program and how our teachers are willing to work at the primary schools ‘out in the bush,’ where no other teachers want to go. He is going to fill all 15 employment openings he has available right now from the 45 ‘in the bush’ teachers we are presently paying salaries for! That means 15 of our “Adopt-a-School” teachers will be hired by the Zambian government and their salaries will triple. We can now hire 15 new ZSF graduates to start teaching in the bush. The cycle is working. In a country where numerous graduates from teachers college are waiting to be employed, this is great news for our ZSF graduates. We want to thank to all of our ‘Adopt-a-School’ sponsors for making this happen.
Great progress is being made in Zambia, thanks to your financial donations. Students are being educated, teachers are finding jobs, and families are gaining a vocation. Many lives are blessed thanks to your generous contributions. You are making a difference!