The Beca Project is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) Public Charity and donations are tax deductible.
The Beca Project has grown to include a variety of options in support of our mission and donations of any amount are gratefully received.
1) STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP in San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala
For each student, the cost for tuition, uniform, and supplies is $400 per year for each of the first 3 years of secondary school (the US equivalent of middle school) and $600 for each of the next 3 years. To date, all sponsors have agreed to 6 years of sponsorship, 1 year at a time, for a total of $3000. All students are encouraged to continue their studies at the university level. Many sponsors choose to continue to assist their students with university tuition; if the sponsors choose not to continue, other sponsors will be found.
Although many sponsors are individuals and couples, some students are sponsored by groups of friends or extended families. It may be possible to match shorter term donors with older students who have fewer years left in school or donors with less than the full scholarship amount per year with other interested donors.
The school year begins in January and ends in late October.
Sponsors receive photos of their student and his or her family and quarterly grade reports and letters from the students. Those sponsors who have visited their students in San Pedro La Laguna have found it to be a deeply rewarding experience.
2) EMERGENCY FOOD AND MEDICAL FUND
We have established a food and medical fund for families in San Pedro La Laguna who are going through an especially difficult time or need medical care. This money is mainly in place for Beca students’ families but has also been used for other families in dire circumstances. A devastating landslide caused by Tropical Storm Agatha in 2010 displaced dozens of families in San Pedro; money from this fund was the 1st to reach those in need.
3) ACTIVITY TERRACE
Donations are also welcome to help us renovate the top floor of this home in San Pedro into an interior space and a roof top terrace where we can base Beca meetings, tutoring sessions, photo projects, English classes, and more.
4) KAMOON HOME BUILDING PROJECT
The cost of constructing a safe, new home for a marginalized family in San Pedro La Laguna is between $10,000 and $12,000, depending on the size of the family and the location of the home. 3 homes have been completed and a 4th home is currently under construction.
5) SCHOOL SUPPORT
Our long range plan includes support for grade schools in San Pedro La Laguna, including funding for school supplies, snacks, and additional staff for music and physical education.
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