Welcome to the Judith Banos Foundation page!
This is a non-profit organization found by Kelsey and Brianna DeJesus-Banos. It aims to provide children of low-income families around the world with the resources they need to obtain a better education.
The non-profit was started in honor of our mother Judith Banos who came as a refugee to the U.S. during El Salvador's Civil War in 1981. At only 19, she sought to obtain a better education. She received a full scholarship from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She graduated from there with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Public Health, all while working 3 or more jobs. Our mother, Judith, currently works at UCLA in Early Child Development. Growing up, our mother taught us the importance of education and its ability to open up doors of opportunity. Brianna received her Bachelor's at Cornell University and a Masters in Journalism at Columbia University. Kelsey received her Bachelor's at Florida Institute of Technology and her Masters in Computer Science and Engineering at Harvard University. Because of the sacrifices our mother made, we had the opportunity to attend the best schools in the world. We hope to give other children around the world this same opportunity.
KICK OFF EVENT:
The organization will hold its very first Back-to-School event in February 2021. The event will be held in Santa Ana, El Salvador. We chose El Salvador as our first country since this is where our mother is from and it's a place we hold dear. The school system in El Salvador begins in January but they won't go back to in-class learning until February. Our goal is to equip children from the Santa Ana community with the appropriate school supplies they’ll need to be successful throughout the school year. Such supplies include backpacks, notebooks, planners, pens/pencils, food, etc.
An estimated 4/10 inhabitants of El Salvador live in poverty. Half of all of the country’s families live on less than $1.25/day. As a result, children are forced to work at an early age, don’t have the money to purchase school supplies or clothing, and are malnourished. Especially amidst the pandemic, many families have lost their jobs or have faced a significant reduction in daily income.
Your donation will help us accomplish the goal of providing the children with supplies that they can use throughout the school year. Any penny counts!
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THANK YOU CARD:
We would love to send you a thank you card to show our gratitude for your donation. If you would like to receive one, please send an email to email@example.com. In the email provide your name and address where you would like the card to be sent.
Thank you for your donation and for taking the time to read about our event! We hope you and your family are doing well!
Kelsey and Brianna DeJesus-Banos
(President and Founders)