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Latest news and happenings from BECAS

  • Milestones - Annual Report 2014-15 September 15, 2015 In 2014-2015, BECAS - from the scholars and their parents, to BECAS staff, to the Board, and the many BECAS supporters - experienced the fruits of our five years of shared labor by achieving some significant milestones in the growth of the organization.
  • Brunch and Native Gardening with BECAS September 14, 2015 We invite you to enjoy brunch while learning about gardening! Featuring speakers in Habitat Gardening & California Native Plants. Take home a succulent!
  • You're Invited to Celebrate Edith's Graduation May 5, 2015 Join us on May 30th at 7:00pm for an intimate gathering to celebrate Edith - our first scholar to graduate from high school! Hear about her journey from a grim to a bright future. We'll also hear about BECAS' plans for the next couple of years and from ot...
  • Joyful Noise presents: Fall Concert and Fundraiser October 30, 2014 Buy tickets online When: Nov. 22, 2014 Where: Church of the Incarnation 550 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA Time: 6:00pm- Artisan Items, Drinks, and Appetizers for Sale. 7:00pm- Joyful Noise! Concert $10 per ticket $35 for 4 tickets BECAS...
  • Solidifying BECAS – Annual Report 2013/14 October 8, 2014 Building on the past five years of hard work and growing stability, we look forward to transferring more decision making to our Ecuadorian staff without whom the program could not survive. We hope that in the next 5 years, BECAS will not only grow with sc...
  • Cocktails and Bites to Eat March 20, 2014 Join us for an evening of cocktails and bites to eat on April 4 at 7:30pm! Celebrate 5 years of BECAS! Be swept away by live Andean music! Bid for your favorite artisan crafted item in the silent auction! Converse with other BECAS supporters! Buy your tic...
  • Addressing the Needs of Our Community - Annual Report 2012/13 October 28, 2013 Highlights of 2012/2013 Highlights from 2012 and 2013 included welcoming a new staff member, Hipatia, to create a youth program for our high school aged scholars.  She helped create goals and accomplish them by breaking them into small pieces a...
  • Dinner and Silent Auction Fundraiser August 7, 2013 Friday, September 6th 6:30 PM - 9:00PM Church of the Incarnation - get directions or buy tickets Come hear Church of the Incarnation’s youth group share their experiences and impressions after recently traveling to Ecuador to volunteer with the child...
  • Successful Dinner and Silent Auction! March 20, 2013 Thank you for helping make March 16's Dinner and Silent Auction a successful night! We raised over $3,000 through donations, ticket sales, the silent auction, and drinks. We matched our $500 matching-gift grant! Thank you for helping meet the challenge! I...
  • A year of Growth and Fine Tuning - Annual Report 2011/12 September 10, 2012 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, Ec...
  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of BECAS August 22, 2012 In December 2011, we conducted an evaluation of BECAS through interviews with the parents and students. Our goal is to create permanent change in the barrio where we operate - this is an evaluation of our effectiveness so far. Download: BECAS Evaluatio...
  • Annual Ecuadorian Dinner and Silent Auction January 4, 2012 you are invited to BECAS' Annual Ecuadorian Dinner and Silent Auction It's time to mark your calendar for BECAS' traditional Ecuadorian Dinner and Silent Auction on Jan. 28. Join us and other BECAS supporters to learn about the new and old...
  • The Leaders of Tomorrow are Learning Today November 23, 2011 Two great news items! Edith, a BECAS Scholar since 2009, has been voted in as the 9th grade class president! And Cinthia, one of newest scholars and in the 2nd grade, was just awarded the 2011 Honor Student diploma from her school!
  • Keeping little minds sharp AND healthy October 17, 2011 A child who can’t see the blackboard or suffers from a toothache can’t make much progress in the classroom.
  • Back to School in Quito September 15, 2011 Our scholars are back in school! This year we welcome 4 new scholars and 8 returning scholars. Let’s introduce our new scholars first: Amber, Gilson, Michele, and Katherine.
  • A BECAS Summer August 15, 2011 This month, founding Board member Linda Campbell, shares with us her thoughts on BECAS's summer activities - staying healthy and active in summertime!
  • BECAS Welcomes New Scholars! July 6, 2011 BECAS is proud to welcome our newest scholars for the 2011-2012 school year! After much deliberation and reflection, the Board, along with our Ecuadorian Social Worker and Teacher, Lili Bastida, would like to invite you, our supporter, to welcome these four amazing students to BECAS: Amber, Gilson, Mishele, and Katherine!
  • More Than Just a Report Card July 4, 2011 Wendy is speaking in a louder and clearer voice. Cinthya can complete dictation exercises without any problems. Alex’s and Virginia’s grades have improved this trimester.
  • Sonoma County Event: "Streets with No Names: Life in Barrio Santa Maria" April 18, 2011 Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 7, 5:00-6:30pm! This is the first in a series of local get togethers with BECAS Supporters and their friends.  Not in Sonoma County?  Stay tuned for events closer to the Bay Area and in the Monterey area soon. Stre...
  • Visit to Ecuador November 17, 2010 When Ella, our BECAS Board President, and I visited Ecuador this month we took two of our BECAS scholars to get glasses. Edith is one month short of sixteen, a fact that she reminded us of often, and Willan is thirteen. Edith and her younger sister have adopted Willan, as you can see from this picture!