The Highlights of 2016!

By January 5, 2017Uncategorized

Meet our micro-fund recipients
Vice president Jim Boud and his wife Linda went to Zambia in March 2016. As soon as they stepped off the plane, they met our 55 micro-fund recipients. Old, young, men, women, able-bodied and handicapped alike, each approached Jim. With tears in their eyes, they thanked him for giving them so much. It didn’t matter if it was a simple sewing machine or tools to cut hair, each person was thankful to the point of tears.   Jim said it was the most tender thing he had ever witnessed and begged us to keep it going.  Thanks to the  support of many of you, we are happy to report we started our phase two micro fund program in January 2017 and gave more applicants a chance to create a job for themselves.1.jpg (800×460)

Building a place to hold our meetings 
We are making two dreams come true. ZSF is funding the construction of a building that will fulfil two needs. On Sunday it will make Pastor Francis and his congregation happy as it serves as a beautiful church. During the week, it will make our micro-fund recipients happy as a place to hold their much needed brainstorming meetings.

The Zambia Night Celebration 
If you missed the Zambia Night Celebration, you missed a great night of recharging your batteries.

The meeting was held at the lovely new Kaysville library. We had about sixty people in attendance. The highlights of that evening included reading thank you letters from our students in Zambia, and a presentation from Halee Roth showing us how to find the pictures and names of of ZSF recipients.

How many students did we help in 2016?
In 2016, ZSF funded 46 elementary school teachers, 93 college students, 172 high school students, and 55 micro-fund recipients. We are very happy with these numbers, but it is a bit overwhelming to maintain their support. We need your help now more than ever to keep all these kids and teachers in school!

Our thanks to the many giving foundations

Please be aware that while most of our donations come from individual persons, much of it comes from foundations set up to help good causes. We would like to thank the foundations who gave to this great cause this year and invite others to get involved. Even if you can’t give money personally, you may be able to give your time looking up these grant-giving foundations. We need more exposure for our cause. Grant writing is easy and fun. You submit an application in behalf of ZSF, wait, then have a feeling of accomplishment when you find one that wants to help! We have been doing this for 17 years. With a simple phone call, you can be ready to approach your first foundation. Please call or email Peggy if you are interested 435-279-8900 or  peggyzambia@yahoo.com

Sending packages 
Please note: If you wish to send a package to your school (nice pens, nice calendars, sewing kits, solar powered flash lights, hair bows, baseball caps, etc.), please send enough for all of the students on our program at your school. Send your packages to our two employees in Zambia and they will see that the items get to your school:

Tobias Mangani and Kelvin Chundu
Zambia’s Scholarship fund
PO Box 410212
Kasama, Northern Province
Zambia

Thank you for a fantastic year. Let’s keep up the momentum in 2017!

Sincerely,
ZSF Staff

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