BFB Foundation Newsletter October 2017

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BFB Foundation Newsletter October 2017

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WOMEN, Art + Education Fundraiser
Was a Huge Success!

Thanks to the 100+ guests who attended and to the many others who made a contribution.
Benefiting high school girls in Guatemala who want to apply for University Scholarships.

  • $12,825 raised- surpassing our goal of $10,000 (ticket sales and donations)
  • 48 semesters of new University scholarships for girls
  • Adds to the 20 girls currently receiving BFB Foundation University Scholarships


Thank you to Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy for partnering with us and co-hosting the event.

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]WHY UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS and who gets them?
In 2015, we saw a need to support girls at the high school level who wanted to continue their education into University. Upon graduation, the girls return to their villages, empowered with new skills and education, improving not only their own lives as educated women, but their families and communities as well.

Only students who have exhibited strong academic skills and commitment to leadership, community service, and furthering their education are eligible for university scholarships. The BFB Foundation works closely with the administration of the students’ high school in order to carefully select these young women. Ensuring that each student receives support from her family to pursue a higher education is an integral part of the selection process as well. In addition to maintaining a certain grade point average, the recipients are also required to complete a community service project in their native village. This is crucial to the BFB Foundation because we not only want to reward and encourage great students, but also want to help these young women give back and become agents of change within their own communities. Areas of University study include accounting, law, psychology and teaching/education administration.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”170″ img_size=”full” alignment=”right”][vc_column_text]Photo: One of the high school girls at Socorro applying for a University Scholarship next year. Photos of the current and prospective University students were taken by Maria Fazzi in July and displayed at the event on September 21.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” css=”.vc_custom_1512049974688{background-color: #f4f4f4 !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]

MESSAGE FROM FOUNDER Christine Burns-Fazzi

September hit and all the planning for the last year came into fruition. What a great month! We had a very successful fundraiser and the girls service clubs are in full swing. This last quarter we are planning for next year’s events, developing an internal tracking system and researching grant opportunities for the Girl’s Service Clubs and Financial Literacy training in the grade schools and high schools in Guatemala.

Your support and help has enabled us to move forward in offering University Scholarships and support to those girls and women whose persistence and determination to improve their lives –and the lives of their families and villages—is their single-minded goal. They thank you wholeheartedly and so do we at BFB Foundation.

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Amigas Connection is a girl’s service club for schools in Charlotte and Guatemala, launching this school year as a pilot program. The 4 local schools participating are Charlotte Catholic, Charlotte Country Day, Charlotte Christian and Trinity Episcopal.

Mary Beth Ausman with high school girls, introducing the club at Socorro. Members of our team went to Guatemala in July to introduce the clubs to the girls in our partner schools, Niño’s De Guatemala and Socorro. The curriculum was developed by Mary Beth Ausman, Evaluation and Assessment Consultant, and offers a chance for girls in both countries to learn about each other’s culture, family and personal life.  Connections are starting to form, through the club meetings and Google Hangouts. Just last week, two clubs had their first “hangouts” and the girls in both locations spontaneously broke into pop songs they knew in common! This is the pilot year for the clubs so we will get ask schools and students for feedback to expand the program in years to come.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” css=”.vc_custom_1512050276447{background-color: #f4f4f4 !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]


What is a Padrino? An adult “mentor” who sponsors a primary-aged girl in one of our Guatemalan partner schools. Padrinos provide a monthly contribution that covers educational expenses for one child (ie. pens, pencils, and notebooks, part of the teacher’s salary, and other educational expenses.)

BE A PADRINO  – We have 60 and need 23 more!

  • Sponsorship is only $600 a year (less than $1.70 a day)
  • A student who’s family cannot afford the uniforms and books for public school will receive a good education, and her parents benefit as well with access to classes that educate them on how to support their daughters to stay in school and develop and achieve her goals.
  • You create a relationship with a special little girl and through the years, watch her grow, give her opportunities and encourage her.

To sponsor a girl please visit our website at WWW.BFBFOUNDATION.ORG and click Donate.  In the memo section please say “Padrino Program” and we will send you your little girl’s picture and bio!  For more information please email Elizabeth Maddrey at .

Send your letter to , it will be translated and delivered to your little girl!

  • Tell her about your family – kids, pets
  • Tell her about where you live
  • Tell her about any special events
  • Send pictures
  • Ask what her favorite subject is and why
  • Ask her to draw you a picture

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Last year, NDG implemented a rule that students would not receive physical or direct gifts from the Padrinos for their birthdays anymore. Instead we are collecting birthday donations and putting the money towards an experience for all the students. For instance, last year the money paid for a field trip to the zoo!

This coming year, they want to host a school fair with educational and fun activities, including exotic animal display and professional storytellers. The options will be put up to a vote by the student government to let them decide which activities will take place. With the financial help of all Padrinos, this will be a memorable moment in their lives! Please take a moment to make your donation and don’t forget to add “Padrino birthday gift” in the memo section![/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/12″][vc_column_text]6th GRADE STUDENTS GRADUATING on November 9th!

Jennifer Xiomara Larios López
Irma Yolanda González Hipólito
Evelyn Carolina Rompich Sereche
Cindy Jasmin Taj González
Dulce Esmeralda Morente Hernández
Andrea Susana Arias López
Brenda Eriberta Hernández Zelada
Brenda Marisol Zuleta Hipólito
Christine Burns-Fazzi
Mike Mason
Renee Bryan
Laura Fairbrother
Brandon Thomas
Gary Lenz

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We are so proud of the students at Ninos de Guatemala who made Honor Roll this semester! Please look for your ahijado’s name on the list below and write her a letter of encouragement!

  • Arias López Andrea Susana
  • Hipólito López Gladys Marisol
  • de la Cruz Yllescas Silvia Carolina
  • Valenzuela Gómez Lisbeth Yuliana
  • Flores Camargo Katherine Azucena
  • Melany Daniela Pérez González
  • Cyntia Vanesa Sicajol López
  • Marialis López Gómez

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Riecken Foundation

Riecken Community Libraries is one of BFB Foundation’s program partners in Guatemala.  They are developing Women’s Leadership groups and providing training and resources to small groups of women who go back to their communities and make a larger impact. Photo: Alba Estrada and Chris Burns-Fazzi at the Riecken Library in Chiche when we met their Women’s Leadership group in July, 2017.   women’s group determines its community’s priority and commits to a 5-year project. One example is the library in Chiche where our team visited this July. It is led by Program Director, Alba Estrada, who has produced a publication on childhood development and nutrition.  The book has received wide acclaim, and they hope will be replicated in the other (56) Riecken Libraries in Guatemala and Honduras. We are working with Alba and Riecken to further support their efforts and identify women’s church groups who might be interested in supporting these women’s groups financially and spiritually.  Please keep this in mind when you hear about church groups exploring service projects and let us know of any interest.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” css=”.vc_custom_1512051072751{background-color: #f4f4f4 !important;}”][vc_column width=”7/12″][vc_column_text]

BOARD SPOTLIGHT Pilar Fitzgerald

I knew I wanted to be a part of the BFB Foundation the moment I heard about it. An organization whose mission is to educate and empower women…sign me up! I have been lucky to visit Guatemala several times and it’s hard to choose a favorite memory because each trip brings something special. Among my favorite moments: Coloring and playing with my ajihada Dulce, a student at Ninos de Guatemala; sharing a fantastic lunch with 3 women coffee farmers inside their home (and getting to try the freshest coffee you could ever have!); getting to witness several female entrepreneurs at the Riecken Library find their confidence and create opportunities for themselves and their families.

Occupation: Co-Founder of Pili & Talli Events, a full service event planning and Management Company located in Atlanta, GA.

Hobbies: I love crafting, trying out new and different dance classes, being outside and spending time with my husband Rob and our dogs, Mushi and Bagel!  Our family grew recently with the birth or our son Gus on September 19th![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”5/12″][vc_single_image image=”174″ img_size=”full” alignment=”right”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

A Mother’s Perspective

In each newsletter, we highlight a woman or girl to show how your support is making a direct impact in Guatemala.

Mother of 5 students at Partner School, Ninos de Guatemala
A key aspect of the success of the students is support from their families.  One requirement for the students to attend Ninos De Guatemala is their mothers are required to volunteer at the school doing various activities. Andrea Carron, Padrino Coordinator at Ninos, spoke with Maria de los Angeles and translated her interview below.

Maria is the mother of 5 students who all attend NDG schools. She is from Cuidad Vieja and has lived in the same house her whole life. She didn’t have the opportunity to go to school and now is extremely grateful for the opportunity to have all of her children in school. For work, Maria washes and irons clothes for pay. She also works as a “tortillera”, making tortillas. Her husband works as a farmer, his most recent job was planting corn in preparation for the upcoming season. Her experience with the Padrino program has also been a positive one. She has had the opportunity to meet some of her children’s Padrinos when they have come to visit and has positive stories of everyone she has met. She feels lucky to have her children enrolled in NDG, one reason being that the public schools ask families to pay extra for certain classes. She said that in public schools, they just don’t teach what they teach at the NDG schools.

Maria has a lot of positive things to say about the Parenting Workshop at NDG, Crianza con Cariño. Two lessons in particular she benefitted from are how to use her gas stove, as many women are scared to light them, and how to properly brush her teeth. They have taught her many values at the school, most of all how to value herself as a woman, that women should value themselves just as much as the men.

Compared to her generation when women weren’t allowed to study, she says so much has changed.  She is proud and extremely grateful that her family is part of the Ninos de Guatemala schools. She is confident that her children will have a good future because they attend the schools.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” css=”.vc_custom_1512051266566{background-color: #f4f4f4 !important;}”][vc_column width=”5/12″][vc_single_image image=”175″ img_size=”full” el_class=”img-transparent”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”7/12″][vc_column_text]


For every $20 BFB tee sold, Recover Brands has generously offered to donate $10 to BFB Foundation. We are proud to be in partnership with Recover, whose mission is to create the best, most environmentally friendly and socially responsible products possible. 100% recycled materials. And a portion of Recover apparel is made in a facility in Guatemala!

Thank you, Recover Brands!

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  1. One-time gift or a monthly donation
  2. One-to-one relationship with a girl
  3. University Scholarships
    $500 pays for one year including tuition, room and board, books and materials and transportation to/ from school/ her village.
  4. Organize a Women Supporting Women Group
    Women’s Leadership Program, a 5-year program through our partner, Riecken Foundation.

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