Peace Corps Panama Friends;
Bud Keith Scholarship Fund for the Blind
Since mid-2008, PCPF has funded a program to enable needy, blind Panamanians to continue their high school or college educations.

Most blind students in Panama go to the same public schools as sighted students. Although their tuition is free, there are expenses associated with attending school, the largest being transportation and books. We provide monthly stipends to the students during the school year, currently $50 per month for high school students and $75 for university students.

Patronato Luz del Ciego de la Fundaciòn Ricardo Galindo QuelquejeuIn Panama, the program is administered by the Patronato Luz del Ciego (Light for the Blind Foundation) in Panama City. The Patronato’s main activity is training blind people in home management, Braille, and special computer systems to help them live with their disability.

For PCPF, the Patronato recommends students for stipends, disburses the funds monthly, monitors the students’ academic progress, and reports to PCPF periodically.

From the fund’s inception through early 2010, 52 people have donated a total of about $12,000 for the program. Over the same period, about $3,300 has been disbursed.

Four students have benefitted from the program and more will be added as future donations permit.

The PCPF scholarships are named for Bud Keith, who was PCPF’s President for 16 years. Just before his death in 2008, Bud expressed the view that Patronato Luz del Ciego (PLC) was Panama’s most effective organization helping the blind.

Learn about the people -- Click on the names and photos below

Bud Keith
Bud Keith

Yaneth Sanchez
Yaneth Sánchez Reyes
Alejandro Martínez
Alejandro Martínez
Eerika Pimentel
Erika Pimentel 
Melfín Guevara
Melfín Guevara
Angeline Oro Cruz in Panama
 Angeline Oro Cruz

The ability of Erika, Alejandro, Melfín, Angeline and others to continue their studies depends on us. Please give generously to the Bud Keith Scholarship Fund for the Blind. Follow the students' progress in El Bochinche.

People wishing to donate to the Fund can do so:

  • On-line at PCPF Fund Raising Shopping Cart
    Pay by credit card or PayPal.  It's fast, free and secure!
  • By check made out to "Peace Corps Panama Friends" memo "Bud Keith Scholarship Fund for the Blind" mailed to:

       Peace Corps Panama Friends
       21 Farm Haven Court
       Rockville, MD 20852-4231

Thank you,

    Jerry Lutes
    Bud Keith Fund Coordinator
    Bud Keith Fund Coordinator

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