ChildFund International Projects

Improving the lives of an entire village through access to clean water and educational opportunities for children.

Amy began her support of ChildFund International in 2009 when she became the “sponsor” of Emmanuel, a then 5 year old little boy in Zambia. Amy developed a very close bond with Emmanuel through their regular exchange of photographs and letters. The entire Bell family was very familiar with Amy’s love of Emmanuel and his family. She kept a current photo of Emmanuel on her desk for all to see and gave us routine updates on his well-being. In Amy’s will she made specific provisions for Emmanuel and his continuing support in the event of her passing. Upon Amy’s passing the Bell family took over the role of ChildFund sponsor for Emmanuel and has worked to keep a close relationship with Emmanuel and his family.

In memory of Amy’s deep and abiding love for Emmanuel, his family as well as his friends and classmates the Bell’s, with the strong cooperation and support of ChildFund International and per Amy’s instructions, have funded two major projects in Emmauel’s village in Amy’s memory. One is a major water well project to provide a reliable and plentiful supply of water for Emmanuel’s community. The second project is a major addition to the Nyashishi School where Emmanuel and his siblings attend school.

The “Water for Life” project will provide water for the entire community. This project includes three different water wells that will supply the entire community in Zambia where Emmanuel lives. The main well will have a Solar Water Reticulation System that will support not only that section of the community but will also supply water to the Nyashishi school where Emmanuel attends school along with almost 300 other children. This water stations will provide easy access to water for personal hygiene, a laundry station, and a separate station where villagers can get water for gardening and livestock. In addition to the main water station the project also includes two additional water wells that provide access to water for villagers in areas that were previously unserved with any fresh water. In total, over 500 villagers and their families will benefit from Amy’s gift.

The other project done in Amy’s memory is a major addition to the Nyashishi school in Emmanuel’s village. Two new classrooms have been built in Amy’s memory which will enable almost twice as many children in the village to attend school. Education is critical to giving these children a chance at a better life. Amy’s gift is changing lives in Zambia for Emmanuel and his community through life sustaining water and life giving education.

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Great work by dedicated people! #childfundzambia

Yes Amy. You did make a difference. Before her passing on May 16, 2014, our daughter Amy Bell was so full of life and laughter. Through her travels and numerous life experiences she built deep and abiding friendships all over the world. She also developed a huge heart for children in need. Through her personal philanthropy she had begun a wonderful legacy of supporting and serving children both here in America and around the world. After her passing we found ourselves in a state of shock and grief. It was out of our grief and with the encouragement of Amy’s many friends that we developed an everlasting commitment to "continue Amy’s legacy". Amy began that legacy in a very quiet and private way. But once the depth of her works became known to her friends and family, we realized that she had established a legacy we could not ignore. We all made a commitment to build on her good works. Today her legacy continues through Amy Bell Charities. For more about "her good works" go to Amy Bell Charities website (

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A wonderful legacy.

Amy made a difference!!! Xxooxx

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