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Summer 2014 newsletter

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Summer 2014

 

This edition highlights our scholarship program.  We hope you enjoy reading about our successful scholars.

Newsletter Editor,

David Lansing


 

"I may be only one person, but I can be one person who makes a difference."

-Anonymous

 


 

Inna Disya Issue:

Scholarship Winners

Behind the Scenes: Scholarship Selection

Scholars Report: Orange Walk Technical High School

Letters from our Graduating Scholars

Breaking News!  Two More Valedictorians and More Graduates

 

 

 

TO DONATE!

Visit our website

www.fullbasketbelize.org

and click on the orange DONATE button to make your contribution.

Alternatively, you may send a check to:

Full Basket Belize

PO Box 29021

Portland OR 97296

All donations are tax deductible.



 

A shout out to our donors!

THANK YOU for continuing to make Full Basket Belize's work possible!


Linda Applegate

Senanu Ashibor

Harry Bennett

Chad Bourne

Sherry Boyd

Jeffrey Cleveland

Cynthia Cruz

Henry Cunningham

Sean & Nicole Wuff Dodds

Janet Dove - Kristi Drexler

Kateri Drexler

James J. Drexler

Gale Garza

Lori Goodman

Michael Graves

Ranjit Hakim

Jill Hepp - Joan Hepp

Ron Herring

Craig Jacobs

Jay Johnson

Nikki Kelsall

Brandon Kitagawa

Gladys Kitagawa

David Lansing

Mimi Zebrick Lawrence

Carol Lieberman

Jo & Bob Link

Robin Mardeusz

Kara & Andrew Martinez

Erin McCool

Katie Meehan

Barbara Moss

Charlotte Nal

Sarah Reynolds

Mindy Rowlands

Todd Schumacher

Hank & Judy Schumacher

Mirella Shannon

John R. Shepherd

Shepherd Family Trust

Catherine Spector

Catherine Varley

Carolee Walters

Shannon White

Lessa Wytock


We welcome these new donors:

K94KIDS

Michael Gill

Patricia Hernandez

Kevin M. Laughlin

Lori Zahalka

 



 

2014-2016
Board of Directors


Jo Link

President


Kristi Drexler

Vice President


Mirella Shannon

Treasurer


Katie Meehan

Secretary


Sarah Reynolds

Contributorship Director


Charlotte Nal

Fundraising Director


David Lansing

Newsletter Editor


Erin McCool

Scholarship Director


Brandon Kitagawa

Ron Herring

Project Grants

Co-Directors


Shannon White

Liaison Director


Jeffrey Cleveland

Jill Hepp

General Directors


Robin Mardeusz

Webmaster


 

Leroy Almendarez

Kara Martinez

Chris Minty

 

Associate Directors




 

Interested in volunteering with Full Basket Belize?

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

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

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Calling all RPCVs

Did you use the book Where There Is No Doctor?

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the book and the Hesperian Health Guides wants your input!


Send your written, recorded, or filmed stories
about using this book during your Peace Corps service in Belize, and together we can tell the story of Where There Is No Doctor.

Send your story and pictures and video files to:

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Scholarship Issue

Announcing our 2014-15 Scholarship Winners!

Full Basket Belize proudly announces its secondary school scholarship winners for the 2014-15 school year. The winners of new scholarships for the 2014-15 school year are:

NAME

SCHOOL

2014-15 FORM

HOME TOWN

DISTRICT

Anderson, Serena

Orange Walk Technical

III

Orange Walk

Orange Walk

Baltzer, David

Toledo Community College

III

Punta Gorda

Toledo

Bernandez, Tameshia

Anglican Cathedral

III

Sand Hill Village

Belize

Cano, Edward

Sarteneja Baptist

II

Sarteneja Village

Corozal

Carillo, Jivanta

Sarteneja Baptist

III

Sarteneja Village

Corozal

Figueroa, Delisa

Toledo Community College

III

Punta Gorda

Toledo

Griffith, Rosaney

Claver College Extension

III

Punta Gorda

Toledo

Harris, Aaron

Sacred Heart College

III

San Ignacio

Cayo

Herrera, Steven

Stann Creek Ecumenical

IV

Dangriga

Stann Creek

Perez, Carlos

Orange Walk Technical

III

Chan Pine Ridge Village

Orange Walk

Quintana, Lizette

Orange Walk Technical

III

August Pine Ridge Vill.

Orange Walk

Ramirez, Lidia

Stann Creek Ecumenical

IV

Steadfast Community

Stann Creek

Requena, Annabella

Ocean Academy

II

Caye Caulker

Belize

Reyes, Milvia

Ocean Academy

II

Caye Caulker

Belize

Rodriguez,Andrea

Muffles College

II

Orange Walk

Orange Walk

Sotz, Kimberly

Ocean Academy

II

Caye Caulker Village

Belize

Torres, Amberlynn

Sacred Heart College

II

Santa Elena

Cayo

Trejo, Isai

Sarteneja Baptist

II

Sarteneja Village

Corozal

Valle, Kevin

Corozal CC

III

Hermalinda Layout

Corozal

In addition to the new scholarships, Full Basket Belize is also awarding five renewal scholarships.  These students received scholarships in the current year, maintained high academic grades, and made positive impacts on their schools, families, and communities. Thus, we feel they deserve another year’s worth of educational support from our organization. The renewal awardees are:

NAME

SCHOOL

2014-15 FORM

HOME TOWN

DISTRICT

Alamina, Lilly

Ocean Academy

III

Caye Caulker

Belize

Jolon, Dalia

Orange Walk Technical

IV

Chan Pine Ridge Village

Orange Walk

Lewis, Curtis

Sacred Heart College

IV

San Ignacio

Cayo

Mejia, Maritza

Orange Walk Technical

IV

Orange Walk

Orange Walk

Parham,Tanisha

Sacred Heart      College

IV

San Ignacio

Cayo

All scholarship awards are paid directly to the students’ schools and cover tuition, books, fees, and uniforms only.  Each student must maintain a good attendance record and at least a 3.0 grade point average in order to retain his or her scholarship.

 

Congratulations to all our 2014-15 winners!


Behind the Scenes of our Scholarship Search

It takes many hands to complete our yearly scholarship search.  Once again, this year Erin McCool and Jo Link co-chaired the scholarship committee.  Thanks to the assistance of several Belizeans, including Maxie Nichols in Corozal and Tim Dani and Rubilio Pop in Toledo, we reached out to more schools than ever before.  Twenty-four high schools became participating schools and fourteen of those actually selected applicants to submit applications and recommendations.

Once the completed applications were in hand, Jeff Cleveland, Bob Link, Sarah Reynolds, Katie Meehan, Jo, and Erin spent many hours reading, evaluating, and discussing the 60+ applications received.  After considerable angst, we finally selected 24 very capable young people to each receive US$500 scholarship awards for the academic year 2014-15.  This is the largest number of scholarships we have ever awarded for one year.  We had budgeted for 20 scholarships this year; at the last minute the K94KIDS organization stepped up and gave us welcome support for an additional four scholarships.  Thus, we’ve been able to make 24 Belizean high schoolers very happy!  (The winners are listed above.)

A huge “Tonks!” to all who work so hard on our scholarship programs -- including our legal expert, Sarah Reynolds, for handling the contracts and our treasurer, Mirella Shannon, for managing all the financial details -- for a job well done!  This rewarding task could not have been done without your help.  And a heartfelt thanks to all of our wonderful donors; without your generous donations, none of this would be possible.



Report from Orange Walk Technical High School

by Kristi Drexler, FBB Vice President

RPCV-Belize, Cayo District (1997-99)

FBB Scholars Allison, Suleimi, and Dalia with FBB VP Kristi Drexler (center) and Ms. Licia Castillo, OWTHS counselor

I finished Peace Corps in 1999 and since then I have been fortunate to usually spend a month or more in Belize every year.  For most of my visits, I coordinate university field studies courses.   During the last few years, I have also been conducting community surveys; these are each unique, challenging, and extremely rewarding experiences.  But I can honestly say that I feel the most pride – in a back-to-your-roots-Peace-Corps-way – when I represent Full Basket Belize on visits to schools and communities we support with scholarships and project grants. In late March 2014, I visited Orange Walk Technical High School and met some remarkable FBB scholars and their mentor, Ms. Licia Castillo.

Ms. Castillo is the OWTHS’s counselor and is one of the most energetic, organized, and kind people you’ll ever meet. She is a mentor and a motivator, and she cares deeply about her students and her community.  She creates opportunities for her students and helps them find the support they need to thrive. She even empowers her students to give back to their community and school.  She’s especially proud of her peer mentoring club (all of our Orange Walk Technical High School FBB scholars participate in this club) where they as upperclassmen tutor first year students and talk to them about important topics like abstinence through high school and doing well in school.

Ms Licia holding the 2013 Belize Youth Award for her Peer Helper club.

There are two 4th formers in our cohort of FBB scholars. About to graduate, both FBB scholars are neck-and-neck in the running to be the valedictorian of their entire class (see below for valedictorian results).  Our FBB scholars are bright-eyed, motivated, intelligent – and they’ve learned from Ms. Licia that they can do anything they set their minds to.  Our FBB scholars are all incredibly humble and appreciative that our organization has made it possible for them to continue their education.

Left to right: Allison Danis (4th Form), Suleimi Roberts (4th Form), Dalia Jolon (3rd Form).

Not pictured: Maritza Mejia (3rd Form)

Interviews with our OWTHS scholars and Ms Licia:

KRISTI: Allison, How important was this FBB scholarship to you and your family?

ALLISON: Well, if it wasn’t for this scholarship, I’m not sure where I’d be without that.

KRISTI: After you graduate this year, what are you planning to do?

ALLISON: Just yesterday I was informed I was accepted to Corozal Junior College. (Big smile). I like studying biochemistry; I want to study Environmental Biology and work in the medical field.

KRISTI: When you’re successful, do you think it’s important to give back to your community? Will you "pay it forward"?

ALLISON: (nodding) I volunteer all I can. I help tutor younger students (peer helper) and help in the Library too. I like to help people in my community.

KRISTI:  Suleimi, how has this scholarship helped you and your family?

SULEIMI: It’s helped a lot for me to continue my studies. My family has a tight budget; I have 3 siblings - I’m the second oldest- [my siblings have to go to school too.]

KRISTI: What do you want to do after you graduate?

SULEIMI: I want to go to college and further my studies.  I want to start my own business so I can provide employment and help people in my community. I would also like to do medical study in Cuba. I have a strong desire to be someone in life and help society.

KRISTI: Dalia, how has this scholarship helped you and your family?

DALIA: It’s helped a lot.  When Ms. Licia announced the scholarships at school assembly, I cried with emotion. Both Maritza and I cried. It was wonderful. Help from your organization made it possible for me to continue with school.

KRISTI: What do you want to do after you graduate in a couple of years?

DALIA:  I want to be a teacher of Math and Physics and help students. I plan to go to Corozal JC and finish 6th form.

KRISTI: Dalia, I hear you have to travel far to OWTHS every day?

DALIA: Yes, I live out by the [sugar] factory and I bicycle every day to school. I start about 6:30 in the morning.

KRISTI: You’re friends with Maritza—did this scholarship help her too?

DALIA: We’ve been friends from 1st form. The scholarship helped a lot because she has no father and her mother works to support the family. Maritza only had hope she could continue school; she didn’t expect it.

We’re both so thankful with this scholarship.  This school opens a door and it makes us closer to what I always wanted.

KRISTI: Ms. Licia, it’s clear you really love these students. You find scholarships and encourage them.  You have inspired and empowered these young women.

LICIA: These are really good kids. They have so much potential and we’re so proud of them. Once you invest in them, there are no barriers. I try to build their confidence and show them the opportunities. We do public presentations. They help with the peer helper club.

KRISTI: How has the FBB scholarship support helped the students?

LICIA: This is about the best scholarship they can get. Because I want to get as many students scholarships as we can, some students want to trade other scholarships for this one.

KRISTI: How do you pick the students to apply for FBB scholarships?

LICIA: I pick kids who achieve well and who really have a need. These are role model students and ones who really need and deserve the scholarship.

KRISTI: We’d love to continue helping your school with scholarships.

LICIA: We really do hold you at Full Basket Belize in high esteem; we really appreciate all the members and stakeholders that are a part of your organization.  The money is really being invested – not just spent but invested in the future of Belize.  It really gives me a lot of pride when my kids get the scholarship and I can announce it to everybody (at the school assembly) that when there’s a will there’s a way; you just have to do your part.  So it really does make a big difference in the lives of these children.  There are so many deserving kids. All they need is one opportunity [FBB scholarships] to push it for them and to make the difference.

 


Scholars Update

Editor's note: Allison and Suleimi have written the FBB board to update us on their impressive academic accomplishments. Their letters and photos from graduation are below.

"It's me, Suleimi Roberts, Orange Walk Technical's student whom you granted two years of scholarship. It's an honor for me to have been one of those students whom you helped greatly. Full Basket Belize's really helped me in accomplishing one of my goals. I want to extend my most candid and sincere gratitude towards Full Basket Belize.

"My family and I are really happy and grateful for your help. It is with your help and support that I managed to complete high school. I'm really proud and happy that you helped me to make one of my small dreams become a reality. I am the valedictorian of Orange Walk Technical High School this year 2014. I graduated this Saturday, June 7th, 2014.

"I did my speech and I mentioned that I'm really grateful to Full Basket Belize for helping me with two years' scholarship. It is with your help and support that I was able to complete high school and be 2014 valedictorian!  Once more, thank you. I am more than happy to share with you a picture from my graduation."

Valedictorian Suleimi Roberts and Salutatorian Allison Donis on their graduation day

"I'm Allison Donis, a recipient of a scholarship for the past two school years. I am writing to you to express my sincere gratitude to your organization for supporting me and giving me the opportunity to be able to complete my secondary education. Because of your generosity, this weekend, I made it through high school and graduated as an honor roll student.

I pray that the good Lord will continue blessing you and your members so that you can continue reaching others in need and help them as much as you have helped me. Once again, thank you so much from me and my family for your tremendous help."

 


Breaking News -- Two More Scholars are 2014 Valedictorians

We just received the fabulous news that two more of our 2013-14 scholarship winners are valedictorians of their graduating classes.  Evelio Reyes from Ocean Academy on Caye Caulker and Beatriz Basto from San Juan Bautista High School in Orange Walk -- we are very proud of you and your success!

Evelio and Beatriz

Valedictorians Evelio Reyes and Beatriz Basto

 


And More Graduates!

Here are three scholarship winners who graduated this June.  Our sincere congratulations to Mario Villeda, Silvia Guevara, and Rosanna Guerra on their graduation from Sacred Heart College in Cayo.  Andreina Coyock from Muffles College also graduated (not pictured).

Sacred Heart grads

Sacred Heart graduates Mario Villeda, Silvia Guevara, and Rosanna Guerra

 


 

If you want to help us continue to support students like Allison, Suleimi, Evelio, Beatriz, Mario, Silvia, Rosanna, and Andreina AND community based projects --

PLEASE DONATE TODAY.

Together, we are making a real difference in the lives of Belizean communities and youth!

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


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

 
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