Ya’axché is assisting 49 deserving students to attend high school in southern Belize in the upcoming school year 2011 – 2012. Students that received scholarships from Ya’axché will attend 4 high schools namely Julian Cho, Toledo Community College, Independence High School and Corazon High School. This year’s scholarships are made possible through generous donations of James Arthur Albert Foundation, Protected Areas Conservation Trust, Conservation and Research Foundation, John Griffin, Justine Godfrey and James Lord. Ya’axché provides a foundation for youths so that in the future they can make sound decisions about the environment for a better Belize.
Student Santiago Teul of Golden Stream, “…would like to thank Ya’axche for the assistance, good help and advice that they offer me to accomplish my education for the first school year.” Medina Bank Primary School Principal, Howard Reyes is pleased to hear that his students received assistance. “I have worked hard with these students and I want them to continue their studies. I will be preparing more students for the upcoming school year and hoping that Ya’axche can continue to give their support.”
Ya’axché works with communities through its Community Outreach and Livelihoods Programme in the Maya Golden Landscape, using an integrated landscape management approach to conservation efforts and by empowering communities. Education plays a major role for communities in the Maya Golden Landscape, but many are unable to continue secondary studies due to high tuition fees and textbook costs.
Realizing that sending children to attend secondary schools in southern Belize is expensive, Ya’axché initiated its Scholarship Programme in 2003. Since 2003 Ya’axché has assisted sixty-six students to attend secondary educational institutions in Toledo and has graduated 33 students (16 females – 17 males).
Ya’axché continues to involve young people in its work. Conservation is highly dependent on the support from communities that live in the Maya Golden Landscape and education plays an important role in understanding the importance of maintaining the integrity of the environment.
If you want more information about the work that Ya’axché is doing please contact:
Ya’axché Conservation Trust
#22 Alejandro Vernon Street
P.O. Box 177
Punta Gorda, Toledo District
Belize, Central America
Ya’axché Conservation Trust is a community-oriented organization which advances integrated landscape management for equitable development on southern Belize through sustainable land-use practices.