About Us

What is WeBEA all about?

The Power of Learning

Education provides long term economic, social, and personal gains for both individuals and communities. However, educational expenses for students in Belize present a financial hardship for many families who live far below the poverty line. Student expenses, even at the primary levels, include annual school fees, uniforms, school supplies and textbooks.

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Our Mission

The mission of WeBEA is to foster academic achievement, community involvement and civic responsibility in support of the students and educators of Belize. WeBEA is a catalyst for student funding, educational outreach, and professional development. Working in harmony with the Belizean people, WeBEA honors cultural sensitivity and respect for sustainable growth.

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Education as a Human Right

“Education is a fundamental human right and essential for the exercise of all other human rights. It promotes individual freedom and empowerment and yields important development benefits. Yet, millions of children and adults remain deprived of educational opportunities, many as a result of poverty.

Education is a powerful tool by which economically and socially marginalized children and adults can lift themselves out of poverty and participate fully as citizens.” 

-UNESCO: The Right to Education

Empowerment through Education

In many poor countries, like Belize, education is chronically underfunded.  Education transforms societies and challenges discrimination.  It is an effective means of reducing inequality.  Yet for many impoverished children in Belize, access to education is incredibly inadequate.

WeBEA believes in the power of learning.  Education should be accessible to all children, despite a family's inability to pay educational costs for registration fees, uniforms, school supplies and textbooks.  WeBEA strives to minimize obstacles impacting access to education for marginalized students.  By providing essential funding, WeBEA  offers students an opportunity to realize the full potential of an education.

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WeBEA Founder, Brenda Crane

A letter from our Founder:

When I first traveled to Belize, Central America in 2007 something unexpected and wonderful took root and began to grow in my heart. Several years later I remain passionately fueled by the genuine warmth of Belize's diverse people, her dramatic and vibrant landscapes abounding in natural resources, and the thriving melting pot of Maya, Garifuna and other cultures who make Belize so unique and colorful.      

Much of my time in Belize has been spent in the Toledo District, the most southern and poorest district and home to the majority of indigenous Maya.  Over the years I have been blessed by a shared, deep bond with one Maya family in particular. They have embraced me as one of their own and have taught me a great deal about their history and traditions.  For those living without basic modern day conveniences, such as electricity or indoor plumbing, conditions such as these do not dampen their cheerful nature.  What we might consider substantial lack, they simply view as a way of life to be honored and celebrated through happy, joy-filled spirits. It is this exhibited joy paralleled with humbling need that has inspired me to lend a helping hand in the form of WeBEA. 

As we work in harmony with students and educators of Belize, WeBEA invites you to consider helping by way of offering your financial support.  In the spirit of being the change we wish to see in the world, WeBEA is making a difference.  For many students, carving out a better life for themselves and their families with the opportunity of an education is no longer a dream but a reality within their reach.

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