"Welcome to Zambia" Celebration Slated

The Elizabeth Bowers Zambia Education Fund will host a "Welcome, Welcome to Zambia" celebration Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Cat Cavern in the University Center at Willamette University. The event is free and open to the public.

The evening will include Zambian food, music and art, and multimedia presentations about Zambia. People will also have an opportunity to learn about the work of the education fund, which was founded in 2004 by Willamette Professors Linda and Gerry Bowers as a legacy for their daughter Beth who died in a bicycle accident while serving in the Peace Corps in Zambia. The nonprofit organization provides education scholarships for girls living in Lumwana West, a small village in remote Northwest Zambia. The Bowers will share memories of their recent trip to Africa to meet "Beth's Girls," 65 girls in grades 8-12 who are sponsored by the fund.

"These girls wouldn't receive an education without scholarship aid," said Linda Bowers. "With a basic education young women are better equipped to support themselves, their families and their communities.

"The event will demonstrate the success of the organization's work in action," Bowers said. "I hope people will join us to learn about this fascinating culture and worthy cause."

The scholarships are administered by World Vision Zambia. The fund is also currently building a library in the village in conjunction with the Peace Corps Partnership Program.

For more information visit or call 503-370-6248.