MEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are U.S. tax-deductible.
 
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If you prefer to donate by mail, please make check payable to Maya Educational Foundation and send to:
 
Maya Educational Foundation
P.O. Box 1483
Wellfleet, MA 02667, USA 
 
Or call us at:
 
Tel. (508) 349-1330
 
The Maya Educational Foundation supports the educational and professional advancement of the Maya people and neighboring indigenous cultures in southern Mexico, Belize and Central America, and sustains programs that foster study, preservation and understanding of those cultures.

 

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In Belize

 
In fulfilling our goal to expand programs to new areas, MEF launched a scholarship program in the Toledo District of Belize in 2006, in partnership with the Julian Cho Society, a non-profit indigenous rights NGO in Punta Gorda, southern Belize. 

 
MEF currently provides 12 scholarships in southern Belize and gave support for upgrades to dorms and study space at Tumul K'in.

Today we're seeing the first group of students attending university. With more support for Belize, we will be able to offer more scholarships there. Let us know if you are interested in supporting Maya students in Belize.

The Belize Scholarship Program provides opportunities for education and training assistance at the secondary school level to Mayan students with financial need. Maya children in Belize work very hard at their studies, knowing their opportunities are rare and also a big sacrifice for the family. They are eager to further their education in order to improve their lives and the lives of their families.
 
Students coming from traditional Maya communities have difficulty transitioning into a more modern society. Immersion into these high schools is often difficult and discriminatory and does not provide for easy shift for rural students. 
 
Though there is a multitude of issues associated with education for rural Maya children in southern Belize, the scholars show interest and drive for excellence in their educational opportunity.
 
MEF scholarships in the early years supported on average 10 Q'eqchi' and Mopan Maya students from nine villages to attend high school at either Toledo Community College (serving about 900 students, grades 9-12) or the Julian Cho Technical High School (a government co-educational institution with about 400 students and 30 staff, which emphasizes vocational technical education that is relevant to the development of the Toledo District and its people). 

Later on, MEF gave support to ten additional students at Tumul K'in, an alternative Center of Learning in Blue Creek Village, also in the Toledo District. This facility is unique in that it serves about 60 students, all indigenous, with a curriculum that emphasizes mutual understanding and cooperation. In reserving two of these new scholarships for Garinagu and Creole students, MEF and JCS reinforced the intercultural initiatives offered by Tumul K'in.
 
 
 
The Julian Cho Society (JCS) has encouraged and mentored the students all along. They, in turn, give back by doing some community service.

Cristina Coc, the Society’s Executive Director, reports that all the students are doing well, and writes:
"The Scholarship Program continues to be a major success and a very important factor for the advancement of Maya children in southern Belize. We have been impressed with the academic commitment and achievements of our scholars. The JCS and the rural children of the Toledo District are very grateful for the continued support of this program by the Maya Educational Foundation. We thank you for believing in our potential and for supporting our efforts." 
 

Maya Educational Foundation • P.O. Box 1483 • Wellfleet, MA 02667, USA
Tel. (508) 349-1330 • Fax (508) 349-0252 • mef@mayaedufound.org