We opened our doors in 2012 and have been serving children in Nyangwena ever since. Hear more about our story and what we do in Zambia.
Looking to get involved? There are many ways for you to join us bringing hope and opportunity to this community
By sending a child to school, you provide opportunity and hope for their future. Help break the cycle of poverty for the children of Nyangwena.
The Esther School began as an outreach ministry of GEMS Girls' Clubs. GEMS had been starting girls clubs in Zambia when a chief heard of their work and called them to his door with a proposition. "In order to help the girls, you must also help the boys." A few conversations and promptings from God later, GEMS had acquired 25 acres of donated land to start a boys and girls school in the rural village of Nyangwena, Zambia.
In 2012, we opened our doors to the first two classes at The Esther School. And each year after, God continues to grow the school and multiply His impact.
We're still connected to GEMS Girls' Clubs! These girls are some of our biggest fans and greatest supporters. Interested in getting your club involved? Email Jill Postma, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zambia faces some staggering challenges when it comes to education. With over half of the population living under the poverty line and living in rural areas, many people experience extreme obstacles to receiving an education.
Average ratio of pupil to teacher is 48:1
School days are only 4 hours long
58% of youth do not complete school or attend past Grade 7
73% of Zambian Grade 6 students do not score beyond “basic literacy” and 92% do not score beyond “basic numeracy"
Girls face steeper barriers to staying in school and therefore are more likely to have no or incomplete primary education
1 in 5 girls identifies pregnancy, marriage, and health issues as reasons for leaving school
59.1% of the population live in rural areas
60.5% of the population live below Zambia's poverty line
Statistics taken from World Bank Report (2013), CIA Factbook, and UNICEF
What do these statistics mean? It means the children in our community face mountainous odds against their education. Because they live in a poor, rural area, their chances of completing an education decreases. A lack of resources, opportunity, and circumstances point them in the direction of poverty. But with The Esther School's help these children have the support they need through personal and educational resources. They can beat the odds. God called us here. For the least of these. For such a time as this.