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Spring 2015 Cho Quarterly

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Spring 2015

 

 

"I am not able to give large sums, but will remember Full Basket from time to time when able.  I am so glad to learn people care about the wonderful people of Belize. My Volunteer service time is a highlight of my life."

-93-year-old Belize RPCV

 


 

This edition updates you on our most recent activities and future plans.

Enjoy!

Newsletter Editor,

David Lansing



 

Inna Disya Issue:

Letter from the President

Scholarship Winners 2015-16

Scholarship Graduates, June 2015

Caye Caulker Ocean Academy March 2015

 


 

A Big Tonks to our donors from our Spring 2015 fundraising drive. Your support makes Full Basket Belize's work possible!

Jeffrey Allen

Dale Battson

Brenda Beck

Cynthia Bell

Sherry Boyd

Donald Burns

Canines for Kids

Eleanor Cicada

Jeffrey Cleveland

Patrick Coyle

Henry Cunningham

Gale Garza

Lori Goodman

Ron Herring

Nikki Kelsall

Brandon Kitagawa

Eleanor Kitagawa

Gladys Kitagawa

Pam Kitagawa

Paula Konoske

Norma LeBard

Robin Lerios

Michael K. Lindsay and Roberta Overman Charitable Gift Fund

Larry and Nina Lipe

Jeffrey Link

Jo and Bob Link

Robin Mardeusz

Andrew and Kara Martinez

Erin McCool

Kevin Pascoe

Sarah Reynolds

Mindy Rowlands

John R. Shepherd

Todd Schumacher

Lesley Wong


“Thanks for all that you do for the people of Belize!!!!”


 

2014-2016

Board of Directors

Jo Link

President and

Scholarship

Co-chair

 

Kristi Drexler

Vice President

 

Katie Meehan

Secretary

 

Jeffrey Cleveland

Treasurer

 

Sarah Reynolds

Contributorship

 

Charlotte Nal

Fundraising

 

David Lansing

Newsletter Editor

 

Erin McCool

Scholarships Co-chair

 

Brandon Kitagawa

Ron Herring

Projects Co-chairs

 

Jill Hepp

Andrew Martinez

General Directors

 

Chris Minty

Kara Martinez

Leroy Almendarez

Associate Directors



 

Full Basket Belize improves the education, health, and environment of Belizean communities and supports youth and community economic development through educational scholarships and community grants.



 

We are always looking for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks that can be done from home and/or in Belize, including:

Serving on one of our committees,

Contributing photos for our newsletter,

Assisting with outreach to Belizean secondary schools eligible for scholarships,

Writing Belize-related articles for the newsletter,

Conducting media outreach in Belize,

Other.

If you would like to volunteer your time and energy, please contact:

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Letter from our President

Jo Link, RPCV Belmopan 2000-2002


Hi all!  We have lots of news to share with you in this newsletter.

First, I want to say that Full Basket Belize supporters are the most generous, thoughtful, dedicated, and all-around AWESOME supporters there are!  THANK YOU for helping to FILL THE BASKET and for all you do for Belize!

Our spring fundraiser has been tremendously successful, certainly in part because of a generous, anonymous supporter who agreed to match, dollar for dollar, all donations up to US$5,000.  This means that we have the ability to support more scholarships and projects for another year.

Second, we are proud to reveal our scholarship winners for school year 2015-16.  In addition, we congratulate six current scholarship awardees who are completing their high school educations and graduating in June.

Third, past president Mindy Rowlands recently visited our Ocean Academy scholarship winners on Caye Caulker.  Enjoy her photos and story below.

Thank you again for your continued support of Full Basket Belize.  We appreciate it!



Scholarship Winners 2015-2016

Our scholarship program continues to grow by leaps and bounds.  We had an amazing group of high-achieving students apply for our 2015-16 scholarships, and it was indeed a challenge to decide on the awardees.  Although every one of the applicants deserves our support, we had to draw the line somewhere.  Representing all districts of Belize, congratulations to our 29 scholarship winners for 2015-16, listed below:

Last Name

First Name

School

2015-16 Form

Town

District

Bernandez

Tameshia

Anglican Cathedral

IV

Sand Hill Village

Belize

Alamina

Lilly

Ocean Academy

IV

Caye Caulker

Belize

Cartegena

Adaly

Ocean Academy

II

Caye Caulker

Belize

Requena

Annabella

Ocean Academy

III

Caye Caulker

Belize

Reyes

Milvia

Ocean Academy

III

Caye Caulker

Belize

Sotz

Kimberly

Ocean Academy

III

Caye Caulker

Belize

Harris

Aaron

Sacred Heart College

IV

San Ignacio

Cayo

Torres

Amberlynn

Sacred Heart College

III

Santa Elena

Cayo

Enriquez

Sylvani

Chunox St. Viator Voc

IV

Progresso Village

Corozal

Magaña

Isai

Muffles College

III

Progresso Village

Corozal

Aguilar

Ana Janel

Sarteneja Baptist

II

Sarteneja Village

Corozal

Cano

Edward

Sarteneja Baptist

III

Sarteneja Village

Corozal

Carillo

Jivanta

Sarteneja Baptist

IV

Sarteneja Village

Corozal

Cruz

Britney

Sarteneja Baptist

II

Sarteneja Village

Corozal

Trejo

Isai

Sarteneja Baptist

III

Sarteneja Village

Corozal

Garcia

Manuelita

Muffles College

III

Trial Farm Village

Orange Walk

Rodriguez

Andrea

Muffles College

III

Orange Walk

Orange Walk

Anderson

Serena

Orange Walk Technical

IV

Orange Walk

Orange Walk

Bull

Emily

Orange Walk Technical

II

Orange Walk

Orange Walk

Perez

Carlos

Orange Walk Technical

IV

Chan Pine Ridge Village

Orange Walk

Perez

Darleni

Orange Walk Technical

III

San Estevan Village

Orange Walk

Quintana

Lizette

Orange Walk Technical

IV

August Pine Ridge Village

Orange Walk

Wade

Jaimelee

San Juan Bautista HS

III

Carmelita Village

Orange Walk

Gonzalez

Denia

SC Ecumenical

III

Mile 25 Hummingbird Hwy

Stann Creek

Baltazar

David

Toledo Comm. College

IV

Punta Gorda

Toledo

Figueroa

Delisa

Toledo Comm. College

IV

Punta Gorda

Toledo

Figueroa

Rushelle

Toledo Comm. College

II

Punta Gorda Town

Toledo

Humes

Roshunda

Toledo Comm. College

IV

Punta Gorda Town

Toledo

Lucas

Marsha

Toledo Comm. College

II

Punta Gorda Town

Toledo

To solicit, process, read, and grade over 80 multi-page scholarship applications is a huge job and would not be possible without the generous help of many volunteers.  A tremendous thank you is owed to Katie Meehan, David Lansing, Jeffrey Cleveland, Sarah Reynolds, Kristi Drexler, Bob Link, Pete Drexler, CJ Walters, Erin McCool, and Charlotte Nal for their invaluable help with these tasks.



Scholarship Graduates, June 2015

Congratulations to Dalia Jolon and Maritza Mejia of Orange Walk Technical High School, Curtis Lewis and Tanisha Parham of Sacred Heart College, and Steven Herrera and Lidia Ramirez of Stann Creek Ecumenical College upon their graduation from form IV.  We wish you the best of luck as you embark upon your journeys to further education and employment in the fields of your choice.

Dalia Jolon (left) was class valedictorian and was chosen by teachers as Student of the Year.

Maritza Mejia (right) said that without Full Basket Belize's support she would not be where she is today.

 


 

Caye Caulker Ocean Academy

March 2015

by Mindy J Rowlands

Editor's note: Mindy Rowlands is a former president of Full Basket Belize and was a PCV in Belize City from 1997-1999. Mindy provides us with an update on Ocean Academy in Caye Caulker which four of our scholarship winners currently attend.

In March, my family and I were able to travel back to the land we will always call our second home.  Belize draws nostalgia in every sight, smell, and task for us.  The people there are proud of their country and their heritage.

One area of Belize that differs greatly from what we in the USA are used to is the educational system.  It is not free.  Despite this, Belizeans take immense pride in their education and are not afraid to let you know the sacrifices they make in order to receive a good education.  Belizeans hold quality education high and try everything in their power to get their family members the best education they can.

It was with immense pleasure that I was able to meet four amazing girls who have done just that to ensure they receive the education that they and their families desire.  Annabella, Lilly, Kimberly, and Milvia are all recipients of Full Basket Belize scholarships for the 2014-15 school year.  They attend Ocean Academy in Caye Caulker and were a delight to speak to on the day I visited.  Here are a few things I learned whist I spoke to them.

 


Mindy Rowlands with the scholarship winners (L to R): Annabella Requena, Lilly Alamina, Kimberly Sotz, Milvia Reyes


Annabella is the youngest in her family.  Her sister is a previous FBB scholarship winner.  Annabella believes that, without a scholarship and a good education, women can no longer get good jobs in Belize.  Going on to college is very important to Annabella.  Although she is unsure of the area in which she would like to concentrate her future studies, she intends to apply to St. John’s College in Belize City to further her post-secondary education.

 

Mindy Rowlands presents Lilly Alamina her scholarship award

 

Milvia is no stranger to FBB’s scholarships as her brother, Evelio, also received a scholarship from FBB.  Milvia has many things she would like to be when she grows up.  She has strong interests in being a chef, a flight attendant and a teacher.  She says that having the scholarship has given her time to concentrate on her studies rather than having to work to earn money for her schooling expenses.

Lilly is a first year recipient of an FBB scholarship, and she told me that this scholarship has helped her family immensely.  Without it she would not have had the money to pay for all the things needed for school.  Not only that but she would not have been able to go to school at all.  Rather she would have had to stay home and work with her grandmother.  Lilly wants to go on to study marine biology and law at St. John’s College.

Kimberly is also a first-year recipient of an FBB scholarship.  She says that the scholarship has helped her family tremendously as she is the oldest of four children, all of whom are in school and have to pay school fees.  The scholarship also encourages her to try harder in her studies so she can pursue her dreams.  When she graduates from Ocean Academy, Kimberly would like to study medicine.  She is particularly interested in the field of heart disease as she has just been diagnosed as having heart disease.  In the week in which I spoke to her, her doctors were still performing tests to determine the exact cause of her condition.

These intelligent young ladies are examples of why quality education in Belize is so important.  With our support, they are energized to try hard and to pursue their dreams.  I am so happy that I had the chance to meet these girls and award them with their current year scholarship certificates.  It was a real pleasure!

Full Basket Belize is a non-profit organization whose volunteer directors dedicate their time to make sure our modest budget is spent as effectively as possible.  With low overhead costs, the work of volunteers, and generous donations from supporters, Full Basket Belize has made a small but significant difference in the communities of Belize.

In providing scholarship funds to secondary school children, as well as grants for community projects, Full Basket Belize has been able to continue service to the communities of Belize and remain connected to a country we love so much.

Full Basket Belize does not discriminate against any employee, volunteer, or grant applicant because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, or covered veteran status. It is also Full Basket Belize’s policy to comply with all applicable national and local laws pertaining to nondiscrimination and equal opportunity.

Full Basket Belize is a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization (501c3).  All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

www.fullbasketbelize.org

P.O. BOX 29021
Portland OR 97296

 

Remember to donate to Full Basket Belize.

Deserving folks are depending on your support!


Full Basket Belize improves the education, health and environment of Belizean
communities through educational scholarships and community grants.


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Full Basket Belize improves the education, health, and environment of Belizean communities and supports youth and community economic development through educational scholarships and community grants.

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