Jun 5, 2021

Thank you for Empowering Girls at Ocean Academy

Dear Friends and Supporters of Ocean Academy, 

Thank you for making the world of difference for our little school in Belize to continue educating the youth of Caye Caulker throughout the pandemic!

As we complete the 2020-2021 school year, we also look forward to the new school year that will begin in the early fall of 2021.  
Girls Rising looks forward to being even more active with programs for girls at Ocean Academy.  

THANK YOU for EMPOWERING girls and INSPIRING hope for our island to overcome one of the most difficult years of financial hardship and health challenges we have ever faced. 

Thank you for BELIEVING in the POWER of Education.  Because of YOU: 

  • 46 students were funded to stay in school.
  • 16 recurring donations came in every month to inspire continued hope.
  • More kind-hearted supporters learned about OA when you spread the word.
  • Distance learning was made possible through donated laptops, tech equipment, and chargers. 
  • Face-to-face classes were made possible through donated materials and funds for hand-washing stations, screened classrooms, and cleaning supplies. 
  • Students expanded their skills and passion for reading with books they chose and you donated and carried down. 
  • Students focused on learning and parents put food on the table instead of worrying about school fees.
  • Faculty and staff immersed themselves into new ways of teaching instead of worrying about school finances.
  • Students grew exponentially as they adapted to the new demands of life and learning.
  • Primary school students attended weekly classes to prepare for their transition to high school. 

As we celebrate the accomplishments of this school year, we prepare for another year of commitment to universal education so that every child on Caye Caulker has access to a high school education.  YOU are making this vision a reality.  YOU are changing lives.  Thank you.  

May 21, 2021

Thank you for Empowering OA to Overcome Challenges and Make 2020-21 a Success!

Digital Silence inspires students, donates devices
Digital Silence inspires students, donates devices

Dear Friends and Supporters of Ocean Academy, 

Thank you for making the world of difference for our little school in Belize to continue educating the youth of Caye Caulker throughout the pandemic!

THANK YOU for EMPOWERING youth and INSPIRING hope for our island to overcome one of the most difficult years of financial hardship and health challenges we have ever faced. 

Thank you for BELIEVING in the POWER of Education.  Because of YOU: 

  • 46 students were funded to stay in school.
  • 16 recurring donations came in every month to inspire continued hope.
  • More kind-hearted supporters learned about OA when you spread the word.
  • Distance learning was made possible through donated laptops, tech equipment, and chargers. 
  • Face-to-face classes were made possible through donated materials and funds for hand-washing stations, screened classrooms, and cleaning supplies. 
  • Students expanded their skills and passion for reading with books they chose and you donated and carried down. 
  • Students focused on learning and parents put food on the table instead of worrying about school fees.
  • Faculty and staff immersed themselves into new ways of teaching instead of worrying about school finances.
  • Students grew exponentially as they adapted to the new demands of life and learning.
  • Primary school students attended weekly classes to prepare for their transition to high school. 

As we celebrate the accomplishments of this school year, we prepare for another year of commitment to universal education so that every child on Caye Caulker has access to a high school education.  YOU are making this vision a reality.  YOU are changing lives.  Thank you.  

Socially distanced outdoor classroom
Socially distanced outdoor classroom
Additional classrooms and handwashing stations
Additional classrooms and handwashing stations

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Jan 20, 2021

Ocean Academy Sponsorship Drive is off to a GREAT start

 

Dear Donors, we are so very grateful for your support!
Thank you for your continued partnership. We wish you a very safe, healthy and happy New Year!

Thanks to YOU, our Fall Sponsorship Drive has gotten off to a great start. 
Thanks to YOU, 71 of the 133 Ocean Academy students have received sponsorships for the 2020-2021 school year. 
Thanks to YOU, these students can concentrate on their studies without the stress of how to pay for school fees.

2020 will be a year we never forget. One of challenges we never expected, loss of cherished loved ones, and continued uncertainty of jobs, income, health, and safety. One thing is for certain. The OA family remained intact to support one another, dedicate ourselves to the value of education, and stand firm in hope and preparation for a brighter future. Teachers and administrators worked tirelessly to develop new, engaging methods to teach meaningful skills and content to students at a distance. Counselors and staff dedicated themselves to stay in close contact with students and families in need of extra support and guidance. Volunteers and the entire OA family raised money to continue funding education and sponsorships so that everyone could stay in school. And most importantly, Ocean Academy students have been resilient.

OA students have been truly living the theme they were always taught:
Never give up. They have adapted to new ways of life; new ways of learning; new ways of supporting their families, neighbors, and classmates; and they have grown up in ways that none of the adults had to experience at this age. We have a lot of accomplishments to celebrate as this year closes and wisdom that we have gained that will give us strength for the rest of our lives.

As we enter the second half of the school year, we feel confident that with your support, Ocean Academy students will continue to meet the challenges that lay before them.

Blessings,
Penny Williams
Ocean Academy High School
Caye Caulker, Belize, Central America
Grateful Students
Grateful Students
 
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