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About the project

The indigenous native peoples of Panama suffer from the greatest extremes of poverty, malnutrition, illiteracy and higher levels of disease.  Badi School is located in San Miguelito, a town where indigenous Embera and Kuna ethnic groups constitute over a quarter of the population. Nearly half the families in this area are homeless.

Badi School works hard to provide scholarships to these kids because education is their best hope for a better life.

How we help

Though coming from deprivation and poverty, Badi School students have excelled. Scholarships for these students have kept them in school and allowed them to demonstrate their abilities. Every year Badi students are among those with the highest scores in the nation on college entrance exams, often winning the top spot. In addition to academics, many also excel in the arts.

Jessica was a slow learner and not doing well in class. But when she entered the Arts Program, she became very enthusiastic, often staying at the school longer than her friends to practice her art. She did beautiful paintings and demonstrated a tremendous capability for the arts and a strong desire to learn more which affected her whole academic career as well.  She graduated with honors from Badi School and later also graduated with honors from college. One year later, she opened her own art gallery and in 2015, she received a national award sponsored by the Panama National Institute of Culture. She came back to teach art at Badi School and in 2016 will pursue a Master of Arts degree.

Excellence in Academics and the Arts

Over twenty years Badi School has grown to offer K-12 and has been recognized for excellence in Panama and by international institutions such as the Ibero-American Council on Education (comprised of universities and other educational organizations from Spain, the U.S. and Latin America) as one of the best not only for its excellent academic education but also for its outstanding programs in arts, music, computer technology, and community service.  

Despite their disadvantaged backgrounds, Badi School students have earned the highest scores in national exams, won awards in the arts and film and have been accepted at prestigious universities in Panama and the U.S., many with scholarships because of their excellent academic record and history of community service. 

Community Service

Moral leadership education and community service are woven throughout the Badi School curriculum and students are recognized for their good character as well as their academic achievement. Students apply what they learn to help the development of their neighborhoods by teaching children’s classes and other service. In 2015, a group of students from the 9th, 10th and 11th grades received second place in a national short film festival for their film on how to change someone who bullies into an agent of positive change. The film was shown nationally and impacted many students around the country and inspired other schools to promote good values.

World Culture Day

On August 2017 Badi School decided to participate in a world cultural day for 31th October 2017.  They planned to have 300 people among parents, friends and neighbors attending the event, and invited two jazz music bands and also prepared our students to present a play about the Persian History, named "Revelation of Light". The first challenge they faced up was to investigate and write the script in only one weekend, then to let the students practice it, the costumes, curtains, lights and scenographic details. Additionally they needed to build up the proscenium, rent chairs and some tents, and prepare some food and refreshments.  They sent the invitations two weeks in advance and that night they had 562 people from 8:00 to 11:00 pm. All of them were very happy expressing their gratitude and praise for having been invited to an special cultural and family night. More than 50 parents cooperated and more than 100 students were supporting with different tasks. 

Story of transformation: Jessica

Jessica was a slow learner and not doing well in class. But when she entered the Arts Program, she became very enthusiastic, often staying at the school longer than her friends to practice her art. She did beautiful paintings and demonstrated a tremendous capability for the arts and a strong desire to learn more which affected her whole academic career as well.  She graduated with honors from Badi School and later also graduated with honors from college. One year later, she opened her own art gallery and in 2015, she received a national award sponsored by the Panama National Institute of Culture. She came back to teach art at Badi School and in 2016 will pursue a Master of Arts degree.

 

Story of Transformation - Monica and Madelaine Story

Badi School which started in 1993 as a kindergarten in the carport of a trailer home, now a K-12, serving 400 students. The school is recognized for excellence in academics, arts, music and technology programs impacting the lives of thousands in the neighboring communities.  Nearly half the families in this area are homeless.  

Monica Espinosa and Madelaine Rodríguez, both indigenous Panamian, came from this area. They would have probably been lost to poverty. But Badi school found them and embraced them, and started unlocking their potential, and here is the result:  

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This past year they were awarded 1st place in a national contest hosted by the Ministry of Education in the category of sciences research! Then they were invited to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Tucson, Arizona by the Organization of American States and the Intel Company to present their findings. In a competition including 1500 students, Monica and Madelaine’s research was awarded 2nd Place. Mona Foundation provided $50/month scholarships to enable these two girls to go to school.

Story of Transformation: Dareleen Cano

Dareleen Cano was a beautiful 12 years old girl that visited the school with her grandmother. She was registered in th grade on 2005. She was living close to the school with her grandmother because her parents got divorced and made their own lives and families. Her grandmother used to survive washing and ironing clothes. When this lady came to Badi School we offered her 50% discount and also support with books and uniform. Both the lady and the girl were so happy to accept  such support. During the first year we realized about her needs, dedication and commitment and we offered her another 25% to have a 75% scholarship for the rest of her studies.

Also we saw her ability to paint and capability for Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. In two years she obtained high average and she had located in the Honor Roll. The fourth year she painted a mural world map (planisphere) in one of the walls of the school that stills exist. During her graduation ceremony we recognized her grandmother efforts to educate her (just washing and ironing clothes) and we presented her a golden medal. Due to her efforts, Dareleen obtained an scholarship at the Panama Technologic University (UTP) to continue her studies in Industrial Engineering. (Every year UTP provides Badi School with 6 scholarships for the entire career).

On 2016 she graduated as an Industrial Engineering, additionally she studied English as a second language and Fashion Design. During her studies she worked part time in different companies and positions and last year she applied to COPA/Continental Airlines where she is working actually as the Statistics Manager. She bought an apartment downtown where she lives with her grandmother.

2017 Achievements

Served 398 students and 6,015 community members indirectly.  

  • Constructed the "Magna Classroom" to be used for Chemistry, Physics and Sciences labs
  • Initiated robotics instructions
  • Completed the "library preservation" initiative to protect the books against humidity
  • 4 of 19 Mona scholarship recipients graduated and are now attending college
  • 30 students received music training 
  • 180 students were trained in variety of painting techniques
  • 40 students were trained in oil painting 
  • 220 students completed and received their painting certificates 
  • 220 students participated in moral leadership program
  • Band participated in 4 parades

Upgraded he computer lab and installed solar panels.

Provide scholarships for 19 deserving students, $9,500.

Support the band and music program, $1,200

Expand the arts program with new equipment and supplies, $2,600

Change a life!

Give $50 a month to support the education of one student for a year

Outstanding Achievement!
23/06/16

Heartfelt congratulations to Monica Espinosa and Madelaine Rodríguez of the Badí School for being awarded FIRST PLACE...

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