Look what’s new for 2016!

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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 haleejroth@gmail.com

Exciting news from Jim Boud’s Trip to Zambia!

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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!

Zambia Experience by Denise Petersen

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     Hi, my name is Denise Anger Petersen.  I went to Zambia last May and it was so much better than what I had envisioned.  My story starts when I received the email about the Zambia scholar vehicle that was used for transporting had overturned and they were asking for donations to replace it.  At the bottom of the email, Peggy asked for volunteers to  go to Zambia and that they would have to pay their own way.  I didn't even consider for a moment that I would do this because I am not working and live off a small pension from my former deceased husband and after reading Peggy's book about all the scary things that happened to her,  who would want to put themselves in dangers way.  Zambia was not the place for me.

Little did I know that this would be my test in life.  It happened as I was taking my daughter to the Brigham City Temple open house.  We had been talking and I mentioned Peggy's email and about needing volunteers.  I had moved on to my next thought when out of the blue a still small voice said "And you are going"  I couldn't believe what I had just heard and I didn't dare tell my daughter for fear that I didn't have enough faith to go.  The spirit was very strong for quite a while and I knew that it was from the Lord.  Finally after a while I told my daughter and she thought it would be a wonderful thing to do.  She had not read Peggy's Book.

I would be facing all my fears. The dangers at the borders, the heat, the mosquitoes, disease and discomfort, and spending my money on something I really didn't want to do.  I thought of Jesus and all the prophets who willingly sacrificed everything and how they were obedient to whatever was asked of them.  Could I do it?  I really had my doubts but as time went on I knew that I had to pass this test.

When I told my Husband that I was going to Zambia, he thought my money would be better spent on my children's college education and why would I want to do this?  Peggy's example of Love and sacrifice is something I truly admire and If she could go as many times as she has and by herself, then I could go once.  I gathered my courage and went to Peggy's house to tell her.  In the mean time I had shared with my Sister, Charla Jensen, about this humanity trip that I was planning to go on. When out of the blue one Sunday she says "I've been thinking about going with you". It really took me by surprise but there is no one that I would rather have as a traveling companion than my sister.  Her support would be a comfort to me.  But we are not seasoned traveler's by any means and without Karen Haslem and Rosemary Jensen, we could not have done it.

The trip wasn't at all like I had thought it to be.  I never felt that I was in danger, we only saw 1 mosquito, the weather was perfect, and the people so kind and very spiritual.  We never got sick and my money was restored even before I had left home.  That's a miracle.  The experience was some thing that I will never forget and always treasure.  So, if your thinking of going I highly recommend it.  You will learn patience, meet good and caring people, came away counting your blessings and your life will be changed forever.