In this moment more than ever, BECA and our community partners need your support to weather Hurricane Eta and COVID-19. Everything is on the line as we recover and work to ensure that our schools will still be open after the pandemic passes.
BECA and our community partners need your support to (1) weather the storm that is COVID-19 and (2) to recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Eta. Everything was already on the line as we have been working with our partners to ensure that our schools will still be open after the pandemic passes. Now, our communities are dealing with the harsh realities of a major natural disaster – massive power outages, no running water, internet outages, and major structural damage to homes, businesses, bridges, and roads.
When COVID struck, BECA’s communities saw remittances dry up – the primary source of income for many of our students’ families. The informal work sector has shrunk tremendously. Even those with salaried work are struggling as the manufacturing and tourism sectors find themselves on a long-term hold.
Many of our families are struggling to just put food on the table. Tuition – while very low for those who pay because of our collaboration – is well out of reach for most families and is likely to remain so for at least the rest of the 2020-2021 school year. Our school partners rely on tuition payments to cover the salaries of our beloved Honduran colleagues.
While our school buildings are shuttered, learning and relationship-building work have not stopped. Despite the economic, social and political challenges that Honduras is contending with, the work that BECA and our partners have invested in building our collaboration is fertile soil. While together we have been tackling the challenge of ensuring every student can connect to internet from home and has a device to use, families are moving virtual mountains in order to connect with teachers and each other every day – to support each other as Honduras braces for not only the health challenges but also the further economic upheaval COVID-19 is already bringing. Now, we must come together to ensure families impacted by Eta have a roof over their heads, food to eat, and potable water.
Our community partners are leaning into us and we are leaning into them (in this moment and always) as together we build the future by educating critical thinkers committed to justice, equity, and a quality education for all.
Please help us weather these storms. To do this, BECA needs to raise at least an additional $90,000 in 2020-2021 school year. These resources would allow us to:
- cover as much as 75% of our partner schools’ payroll expenses through May 2021 (which will ensure our schools can continue to operate and our teachers, students, and families have the support they need as they bear the brunt of the ripple effect of the contracted global economy).
- support families’ access to internet while school is out of session (approx. $1,500/month) so that students can continue to learn.
- supply tablets to families with limited access to devices to support virtual learning
- provide resources to support Eta-relief efforts – funds to support families in rebuilding as well as providing shelter, food, water, and other basic needs
- cover a portion of our BECA teacher corps’ food/living stipends and training.
BECA’s bottom line is that 100% of donations go directly to our program – supporting teachers, students and families by covering Honduran salaries; teacher supplies and living stipends; and supplies for our efforts. The per child investment we make equals approximately $300/year. The per classroom investment is $6,500. We have already invested our full hearts and minds in this effort. With your financial support, we can ensure our efforts and impact survive this pandemic and now this natural disaster.