BECAS provides a holistic approach to breaking the cycle of poverty for individuals and communities by working closely with local partners in education, health and social services. Our current work is in the Santa Maria Barrio in the hills above Quito, Ecuador, where BECAS has the resources in place to create change: personal relationships in the community provide mutual accountability and trust, personal relationships with teachers and schools give us access to what is happening in students’ lives, and a social structure exists that, while deeply mired in poverty, is stable and secure. We are committed to accountability to donors and to students by measuring the impact the program has over time.

Highlights of 2011-2012

  • The BECAS program grew by 25% over the past year. BECAS awarded four additional scholarships for the 2011-12 school year increasing the total number of scholars to twelve.
  • BECAS initiated a long term accountability study to analyze and quantify the impact of our program on the students and neighborhood. The study was designed by a UC Berkeley Masters in Public Health student, and conducted by two Ecuadorian university students and two American university students.
  • BECAS continued to achieve its goal of creating long- term financial stability while continuing to expand the services it provides the scholars and increasing the scholarships that it provides.

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