Articles of Interest
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|7 Jul 2022||
Changing the World One Family at a Time
The big vision my Good Trouble pod has stepped into starts with helping one family, then expands to the broader community. It has three parts:
|7 Jul 2022||
Needs before Hurricanes Hit
By Lynn Baskfield with Wendy Sharpe
This article was to give information about my 2022 birthday fundraiser. The names of the family members in public articles have been changed to protect their privacy.
A few years ago, I started a project called Pay it Forward, Women Helping Women. This year my greatest hope is that you can help support a struggling, young family in Belize that I "adopted" and have been supporting over the last few years.
I am thinking today of my friend and single mom Mara and her three precious children in Belize. It is impossible for me to describe in this short request the abject poverty they live in and yet Mara keeps moving forward, sending the children to school and providing as much food as possible.
|7 Jul 2022||
Help Send our Adopted Family's Children to School!
By Mary Cayan
Note: In public articles and fundraisers we have changed the names of the family at their request to protect their anonymity and safety.
A few years ago, my friend and colleague Lynn Baskfield started a project called “Pay it Forward, Women Helping Women”. I am requesting your financial support for my birthday this year for the campaign’s SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM.
My request is that you can support a struggling, young family in Belize that Lynn "adopted", and I have helped support over the last few years. Mara—a single mother—lives with her three children in rural Belize. It is impossible for me to describe in this short request the abject poverty they live in and yet Mara keeps moving forward, sending the children to school and providing as much food as possible.
In the developing world of Belize, only 45% of the 2017 labor force had completed primary school only and 20% had completed high school. Mara had very little schooling and as a result finds it difficult to read and write. She is now learning daily alongside her children, helping them with their schoolwork as best as she is able.
Mara is a wise and tenacious woman who is deeply committed to keeping her children in school. Her ambitious son has completed his first year of high school and his sister starts high school in the upcoming school year in August. Congratulations to all!
There are steep costs for attending school in Belize that the families must cover. Books must be purchased. Uniforms are mandated. School lunches and transportation are expensive and are not subsidized by the government. Students are expected to have a rudimentary internet connection to do homework. And this year there are application fees for the oldest girl to apply for high school admission.
Family costs for the upcoming school year for Mara’s three children total around $3000. Specifics include school lunches and transportation $65 per week, uniforms and shoes $450, and book purchases are approximately $500 per year. Internet phone connection is $89 per month. Educating your children in Belize is expensive for a country with a very low per capita income, and we KNOW education is essential in ending the cycle of poverty!
Today, my request is for us to join together to Pay it Forward to help ensure the continued education of Mara’s precious children. Any contribution you can make is greatly appreciated. Mara is determined to become a person who is able to Pay It Forward in the future and I have confidence she will make it happen