Our Mission: The Fund provides financial, educational, and emotional support for a small number of excellent high school and university students from poor families in Quito, Ecuador. We aim to provide consistent and comprehensive support for the students and their families so that the students can complete their educations and develop fully their talents, leadership abilities, and qualities of character. This support is comprehensive, since the parents of these students choose to forgo, at considerable short-term sacrifice, the income that these students could bring to their families and permit them to continue to advance in their studies.
The work of the Fund is inspired by and dedicated to the life of David Byrd-Felker. David was a world traveller and a remarkable person and student. He disappeared in the mountains of southern Ecuador in July of 2002.
The Fund provides financial support in the form of full scholarships, grants to defray normal costs of attending university, and emergency support as needed. We provide tutoring in critical writing, reasoning, and mathematics, and other needed academic services in Quito. We maintain ongoing dialogue with our students and their families to help them flourish as students and agents of change in their communities.
David’s Educational Opportunity Fund is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions are tax-deductible.
Here is a photo of our current group of students; one student, Lorena Chin (Business Administration) is not pictured.
From left to right, front row: Gaby Lima (Environmental Engineer, graduate): Flore Chicaiza (Pre-school Education); Lorena Cañar (Clothes Design, graduate); Angélika Bedón (Clinical Psychology), Maribel Cañar (Chemical Engineering),
From left to right, 2nd row: Maggie (distracted), Nancy Chávez (Accounting), Richard Macas (Computer Science); Jenny Narvaez (Veterinary Science), Veronica Guamba (Pre-school Education, graduate), Sofia Chicaiza (Cosmetology), Paola Baque (Nursing), Carlos Cañar (Mechanical Engineering).
From left to right, back row: Blanca Suárez (Cosmetology, graduate), Gabriela Suárez (Business), Dario Tufiño (English, graduate; business), Mike (monster) Mishell Trujillo (Chemical Engineering), Fernando Narvaez (Telecommunications), Patricio Narvaez (Computer Engineering), Maritza Pucha (Clothes Design), Erick Lanchimba (Computer Engineering).