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#VBGIVESBACK: Heather Washburne

January 1, 2018

We are honored to support Family Legacy as part of our ongoing #VBGIVESBACK program and will be donating $10 of every VeronicaBeard.com order in January to the cause.

When Heather Washburne was first introduced to Family Legacy, she never imagined her family would travel all the way to a small country called Zambia to volunteer. Family Legacy provides education and housing services to over 15,000 orphans and children living in Zambia, a country where one million children are orphans. After the Washburne’s first trip in 2014, they were forever changed and have returned multiple times to transform the lives of so many children in need. They will go back again this summer to open a home on the Family Legacy property that will house 12 orphans in need of full time education and care. Read more about the organization's mission in the interview below!

What are the goals of Family Legacy?

Family Legacy exists to transform families and individuals by engaging them with God's heart for the orphans of Zambia, and in doing so, transform the lives of these children through the power of God's Word, quality education, and residential care.

Why does Family Legacy focus on children in Zambia?

A generationof over one million orphaned children in Zambia on a daily basis facethe daunting challenges of poverty and the needless deaths of theirparents. Stigmatized and abandoned, they have been left to try andsurvive with little to no food and virtually no hope for an education.Zambia has the highest per capita orphan rate in the world.Zambia hasthe 7th highest AIDS infection rate and the 8th lowest life expectancyrate in the world.

When the founder of Family Legacy, GreerKendall, returned to Zambia to see the country he was born in he saw theimpact Family Legacy could have to eventually change the trajectory ofthe whole country one child at a time.

What types of programs are a part of Family Legacy?

Overtime, Family Legacy has identified a unique approach to serving theorphans of Zambia.The concept is simple: connect American familiesseeking true significance with orphaned children in Zambia whose familyidentify has been taken from them. This is accomplished through threeprimary programs – Camp Life, the Legacy Academy Child SponsorshipProgram and the Tree of Life Children’s Village.

Camp Lifeis a powerful experience for families and individuals seekingsignificance, where they join together to share God’s Word and serveorphaned and vulnerable children in Zambia, Africa. Each summer over 700Americans come to Zambia to spend one week leading a group of 10Zambian orphans.

Legacy Academy Child Sponsorship Program allows families and individuals to connect to God’s heart for the orphans of Zambia by providing a full scholarship for these children to receive a quality education in one of our 23 private schools. Right now, Family Legacy has 15,581 sponsored children and is the largest private educator in Lusaka.

The Tree of Life Children’s Village
,located just outside the capital city of Lusaka, is a 130-acrecommunity of homes, a school, play grounds and a sports facility, fororphaned children designed to be a haven of hope and light for orphanchildren who live with Family Legacy full-time. The children at the Treeof Life come from the most severe backgrounds of poverty, abuse, andneglect. Some are HIV positive, while others come from child-headedhouseholds.

The Washburne Family with children at Camp Life.

How did you first get involved with Family Legacy?

My friend Sarah went to Zambia in the summer of 2013 and while she was there she sent me an email saying she had two girls, Dawn and Deborah, in her group at Camp Life who desperately needed to be removed from their current living situations. She would need a sponsor to be able to get them out, so I offered to sponsor Dawn to be moved into full time housing at Tree of Life. I had no idea I would be meeting her the next Summer

What was your first trip to Camp Life like?

Our first trip to Zambia was definitely getting out of our comfort zone in a major way. All of our expectations were exceeded, and we could never put into words our family's experience there. The best way to put it is we are going back in the summer if 2018 for the third time.

How many children are part of the Tree of Life Children’s Village?

Currently, we have 768 children living in 64 homes at the Tree of Life Children’s Village campus! Paulina is an example of a girl who came to Camp Life, but in the first day she got there she had to be taken to the medical tent because she had what would be a simple cut on her knee that was untreated and became infected. According to the doctor on site, she was at risk of losing her leg and her life. Our Family Legacy staff worked quickly with Paulina's grandmother and social welfare, and given the severity of the situation, we were granted immediate custody of this child.We knew that having her in our full-time care would give us the best possible fighting chance at saving her life and Lord-willing her leg, too! Paulina received the treatment and care she needed most while living in Grace House at the Tree of Life Children’s Village and she is still there today thriving in every way. Family Legacy not only saved her life but has given her an opportunity to be all that she can be.

How does Family Legacy work to get entire families into its programs?

Miriam, a little six-year-old girl, attended Camp Life 2014 in my group. Her father was and currently still is in prison, and her mother is an alcoholic who left Miriam and her siblings for days on end. The children were starving and severely neglected, as they were practically raising themselves. After learning about Miriam’s home life during one-on-one blessing time at Camp Life, we made a recommendation for Miriam to move into Family Legacy’s Tree of Life Children’s Village! That fall, when the social workers visited her home, they immediately saw it as an unfit place not only for Miriam but also for her brothers and sisters. They gave us the great news that we could move Miriam to the Tree of Life Children’s Village, but only if we rescued all five siblings together. So, along with Miriam, Ireen (11), James (9), Benjamin (3) and little Alex (1) were rescued, too. Today, Miriam and her siblings are experiencing abundant life in Family Legacy’s full-time care.

(L) Miriam and (R) Paulina.

What does it cost to sponsor a child?

Financial resources go so far over in Zambia. It is remarkable to see the life transformation that takes place when people invest into the lives there. We extend our deepest gratitude to Veronica Beard Gives Back for helping provide resources for our Unsponsored Child Fund. Just $48 underwrites a full month of education for a child!

Following grades 1-12, we have an Excel Beyond program where the graduates can hold an internship with us for a year before going off to trades, college, or to pursue a university degree. We are committed to seeing our kids all the way through so that they can be a part of transforming the future of their nation!

What are you most looking forward to on your trip this coming summer?

This summer we can't wait to hug on our children and see how much they have grown physically academically and a lot of emphasis is placed on developing their character as well. We get to visit their houses, classrooms and meet their teachers. And our family is going to be dedicating a house for 12 boys this summer at the Tree of Life called the Hill house. It will represent restoration which is what Family Legacy's work is about restoring souls and lives for these orphans and American families as well!

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00, XS 31.5 24 34
0, XS 32.5 25 35
2, XS 33.5 26 36
4, S 34.5 27 37
6, S 35.5 28 38
8, M 36.5 29 39
10, M 38 30.5 40.5
12, L 39.5 32 42
14, L 41 33.5 43.5
16, XL 42.5 35 45
18, 2XL 47 40 50
20, 2XL 49 42 52
22, 3XL 51 44 54
24, 3XL 53 46 56
US SIZE SHOULDERS BUST WAIST HIP
00, XS 14.25 31.5 24 34
0, XS 14.5 32.5 25 35
2, XS 14.75 33.5 26 36
4, S 15 34.5 27 37
6, S 15.25 35.5 28 38
8, M 15.5 36.5 29 39
10, M 15.875 38 30.5 40.5
12, L 16.25 39.5 32 42
14, L 16.625 41 33.5 43.5
16, XL 17 42.5 35 45
18, 2XL 17 47 40 50
20, 2XL 17.5 49 42 52
22, 3XL 18 51 44 54
24, 3XL 18.5 53 46 56
 Jacket Size Dickey Size

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00 - 14

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00 - 14

2

00 - 14

4

00 - 14

6

00 - 14

8

00 - 14

10

00 - 14

12

00 - 14

14

00 - 14

16

16 - 24

18

16 - 24

20

16 - 24

22

16 - 24

24

16 - 24

us size bust waist hip
00, XS 31.5 24 34
0, XS 32.5 25 35
2, XS 33.5 26 36
4, S 34.5 27 37
6, S 35.5 28 38
8, M 36.5 29 39
10, M 38 30.5 40.5
12, L 39.5 32 42
14, L 41 33.5 43.5
16, XL 42.5 35 45
18, 2XL 47 40 50
20, 2XL 49 42 52
22, 3XL 51 44 54
24, 3XL 53 46 56
us size bust waist hip
00, XS 31.5 24 34
0, XS 32.5 25 35
2, XS 33.5 26 36
4, S 34.5 27 37
6, S 35.5 28 38
8, M 36.5 29 39
10, M 38 30.5 40.5
12, L 39.5 32 42
14, L 41 33.5 43.5
16, XL 42.5 35 45
18, 2XL 47 40 50
20, 2XL 49 42 52
22, 3XL 51 44 54
24, 3XL 53 46 56
us size bust waist hip
00, XXS 31.5 24 34
0, XS 32.5 25 35
2, XS 33.5 26 36
4, S 34.5 27 37
6, S 35.5 28 38
8, M 36.5 29 39
10, M 38 30.5 40.5
12, L 39.5 32 42
14, L 41 33.5 43.5
16, XL 42.5 35 45
18, 2XL 47 40 50
20, 2XL 49 42 52
22, 3XL 51 44 54
24, 3XL 53 46 56
 US SIZE WAIST HIP
23 23 34
24 24 35
25 25 36
26 26 37
27 27 38
28 28 39
29 29 40
30 30.5 41.5
31 32 43
32 33.5 44.5
15 36 46
16 38 48
18 40 50
20 42 52
22 44 52
us size waist hip
00, 24, XS 24 34
0, 25, XS 25 35
2, 26, XS 26 36
4, 27, S 27 37
6, 28, S 28 38
8, 29, M 29 39
10, 30, M 30.5 40.5
12, 31, L 32 42
14, 32, L 33.5 43.5
16, 15, XL 35 45
18, 16, 2XL 40 50
20, 18, 2XL 42 52
22, 20, 3XL 44 54
24, 22, 3XL 46 56
us size waist hip
00, 24, XS 24 34
0, 25, XS 25 35
2, 26, XS 26 36
4, 27, S 27 37
6, 28, S 28 38
8, 29, M 29 39
10, 30, M 30.5 40.5
12, 31, L 32 42
14, 32, L 33.5 43.5
16, 15, XL 35 45
18, 16, 2XL 40 50
20, 18, 2XL 42 52
22, 20, 3XL 44 54
24, 22, 3XL 46 56
 US SIZE EUROPE UK
5 35 3
5.5 35.5 3.5
6 36 4
6.5 36.5 4.5
7 37 5
7.5 37.5 5.5
8 38 6
8.5 38.5 6.5
9 39 7
9.5 39.5 7.5
10 40 8
10.5 40.5 8.5
11 41 9
 US SIZE BUST WAIST HIP TORSO
XS 32-34 24-26 34-36 58.5
S 34-36 26-28 36-38 60
M 36-38.5 28-30.5 38-40.5 61.5
L 38.5-41.5 30.5-33.5 40.5-43.5 63
XL 41.5-43 33.5-35 43.5-45 64.5
2XL 47 40 50 70

Conversion Guide

VB US NUMERIC

VB US/INTL ALPHA

IT

FR

UK/AU

CN

KR

00/24

XXS

34

32

2

150/72A

33

0/25

XS

36

34

4

155/76A

44

2/26

XS

38

36

6

160/80A

44-55

4/27

S

40

38

8

165/84A

55-66

6/28

S

42

40

10

170/88A

66

8/29

M

44

42

12

175/92A

77

10/30

M

46

44

14

175/96A

77

12/31

L

48

46

16

180/100A

88

14/32

L

50

48

18

185/104A

88

16/15

XL

52

50

20

190/108A

99

18/16

2XL

54

52

22

195/112A

-

20/18

2XL

56

54

24

200/116A

-

22/20

3XL

58

56

26

205/120A

-

24/22

3XL

60

58

28

210/124A

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How to measure the body:

Size Guide Diagram

How to measure the body:

  1. Shoulders: measured from shoulder blade to shoulder blade
  2. Bust: circumference measured at the fullest part of the chest
  3. Waist: circumference measured at the smallest part of the waist
  4. Hip: circumference measured at the fullest part of the hips (or 8” down from the waist)
  5. Sleeve length: measured from the center of the back of the neck to the wrist
  6. Inseam: measured from the top of inside the leg to the ankle
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