GringoGrands...making a difference one child at a time
Since moving to Belize, I have learned that much of what we "Gringos" take for granted for our children and our grandchildren is not available to many of the children in Belize. Though education is valued and prized, many cannot afford the tuition cost averaging $50 ($25 US) a year to send their children to primary school. There is also the added cost for books with an average cost of $100 yr ($50 US), uniforms costing about $80 yr ($40 US), school supplies averaging $50 yr ($25 US) and food costing  $10 week ($5US) for many children who live too far to travel home for daily lunches. High school tuition can cost close to $1,000 ($500 US) a year with an added bus transportation cost averaging $4 each day for the many who live in remote areas.
Carlos
Carlos
Rocio
Rocio
Marcela
Marcela

The Gringo Grands Project was inspired by what we witnessed with Carlos after I somehow became his Gringo Granny, and then with Roxana, after Gringo Granny Lena of New Jersey said she wanted to help educate a child too. Rocio, who was an excellent student would not have graduated high school if it had not for Gringo Granny Judy of Connecticut. Rocio now has an excellent job working with computers. Berta, a straight "A" student, who had to leave school mid-freshman year due to lack of tuition funds, recently graduated high school and was selected as the salutatorian of her class because Gringo Grands Melissa and David of North Carolina cared and shared. She now has a full scholarship to the university and will begin her studies in September 1918. Norma and Karl of NJ sponsored Sandra while she finished high school and continued to support her in Junior College so she get a good job to support her infant daughter, and Gringo Granny Sara of NYC supported Marcella since entering high school. She graduated last year and now has a good job helping to support her family. Sisters Alisia and Rosa Inez as well as brothers Dalton and Sheldon have found a wonderful sponsor with Gringo Grandpa David from Pennsylvania. All of our stories are success stories and we hope you will join us in this endeavor. 100% of donations and support go directly to help the children. Our efforts are strictly volunteer. In fact, all proceeds from renting our guest house are contributed to this project. 
Karin Westdyk
gringogrands@gmail.com

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sheldon.dalton
Sisters Alicia and Rosa Inez
have found a sponsor
Brothers Sheldon and Dalton
have found a sponsor



roxana
Roxana
Berta
Berta
See Berta's Story
sandra
Sandra

NEEDING A HELPING HAND FROM A GRINGO GRAND....  
Think of it: For what it costs to buy a few cups of coffee a month at Starbucks these days, a child can be educated. If you think it is a good idea to educate the children and you can somehow find a few extra dollars to invest in their future, there are many other children on our list awaiting help. If you are interested in helping a child, email us at gringogrands@gmail.com and we will put you in touch. Let us know if you wish to help a primary schooler $20/mo, or high school student $50/mo. Or, if you wish to make a one-time donation, it will be put to good use in helping with purchasing individual tuition, books, uniforms, food, computers, or transportation. You can specify how you wish it to be used, as the need is great in all areas.  Below are some of the faces of children needing assistance.
ekijah
Nelisha Jessy Dominga Bryna
Elijah-High School
Nelisha-Primary School
Jessy-Primary School
Dominga-High School
Bryna-High School
Israel
Dalton Alma
Carlos
Elsa
Israel-Primary School
Dalton-Primary School Alma-Primary School
Carlos-High School
Elsa-Primary School
Emerson
Guillermo
Herson
Iris
Jason
Emerson-Primary School
Guillermo-Primary School
Herson-Primary School
Iris-High School
Jason-Primary School
Jenesia
Jennifer
Jermin
Jose
Marianne
Jenesia-Primary School
Jennifer-Primary School
Jermin-Primary School
Jose-Primary School
Marianne-Primary School
Mario
Marvin
Melanie
Lilliana
Minor
Mario-Primary School
Marvin-Primary School
Melanie-Primary School
Lilliana-Primary School
Minor-Primary School
Minor
Nancy
Natalia
Nurla
Noami
                          Ruth
Minor-High School
Nancy-Primary School
Natalia-Primary School
Nurla-Primary School
Noami Ruth-Primary School
Raquel
Rolando
Dorita
Shanda
Vilma
Raquel-Primary School Rolando-High School
Dorita-High School
Shanda-Primary School
Vilma-Primary School
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If you wish to help, send an email to gringogrands@gmail.com with
the word "donation" in the subject box. In the message box, let us know how you wish to help and we will send a secure paypal bill to your email address. On behalf of the children, thank you so much for caring and sharing.