A School that is part of PCSB

Concepcion Presbyterian School opened its doors as a primary school in the Corozal District on September 1, 1997.  At that time, classes gathered at the Concepcion Presbyterian Church in an extension to it made of rejected lumber and chicken wire.  There were 91 students and four teachers.  Today the school has nine classrooms, an office, and auditorium, a small library, a small snack shop, and four sets of indoor bathroom for students and staff.  There are nine qualified teachers, as well as support staff, teaching approximately 166 students.  The teachers are paid their salaries by the Belize government, so the school can charge a very minimal tuition fee simply to keep the school running.  The children, many of whom do not come from Christian homes, take part in chapel time every week, where they learn to pray and worship God. In their classes students are guided to a biblical foundation in spiritual and academic excellence.

Concepcion Presbyterian church is situated at the center of the village of Concepcion, about 14 miles from Corozal Town.  The village of Concepcion was settled by refugees during the Caste War of 1850-1860.  They spoke Mayan as their first language, and a little Spanish, and their descendants are culturally known as “mestizos”.  The people of Concepcion Village mostly make their living from cutting sugar cane during the cane season, which runs from December to June, so the rest of the year these people have little to do to earn a living.  Some work in agriculture or are laborers at the Corozal Free Zone, where they work as sales clerks, warehouse loaders, or any job available to their skills.  There are some who work at the Fruta Bomba Company, a papaya company close by the village. Concepcion Village ranks as the third poorest village in the country of Belize.

When Concepcion Presbyterian School was originally established, many children did not go to school regularly, as their help was needed on the cane plantations, or taking care of little ones at home while their parents worked.  In addition, many older children dropped out of school early to help their families make ends meet.  Families are now learning the value of education and are beginning to place a priority of attending and finishing school. Most children are finishing primary level education, and 10% are completing high school.  About 10% of children graduating from Concepcion Presbyterian school do not go on to high school at all.

Families who attend Concepcion Presbyterian School are required to support the school in its activities, whether religious, academic or financial.  Together the community has worked on planting trees, making gardens, painting murals and classrooms, purchasing furniture, fans and a PA system, as well as designing and building their own school monument. Given the poverty of its community, Concepcion Presbyterian School still does need outside assistance and EduDeo has committed to helping Concepcion to surface the second floor concrete floor with tiles.  The Governement has threatened to close down the school if the unfinished second storey floor is not properly finished athe concrete floor is very rough and gives off a fine cement dust which makes it impossible to keep the rooms clean and dust free.  HANDS teams will assist in fulfilling this commitment by EduDeo Ministries.

See what's happening at Concepcion by going to their website.

EVANGELIST JOSEPH ENJAMURI
Jun 7, 2014 at 3:01 am

I am an Evangelist Joseph, I am from in India, I did M.A in Social Work, I got first Class, I was Built FLORA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL in 2004 for Providing free education for poor, Orphans Children.

We have 80 Children are studying Our Flora Christian school.

Please kindly Pray for Our school in India.

With Much Love in Christ

EVANGELIST JOSEPH,

PRESIDENT,FLORA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL,

BHIMAVARAM,

ANDHRAPRADESH,

WESTGODAVRAI,

INDIA-534202

MOBILE:0091 9440117918

Hank
EduDeo Staff
Jun 8, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Thanks for the note, Joseph. We will pray for your school in India. The needs are so great around the world. I trust the Lord will provide for you and your community.

ISMAEL LOPEZ
Dec 31, 2014 at 6:26 am

HELLO, THIS HAS BEEN THE SECOND HANDS TEAM(GEORGETOWN AND WANDERS FAMILY)FOR THIS YEAR AT CONCEPCION PRESBYTERIAN SCHOOL IN BELIZE. GREAT FELLOWSHIP TIME AND HAS IMPACTED MANY LIVES IN SCHOOL, STAFF AND COMMUNITY! THEIR MISSION ARE ACCOMPLISHED FULLY AND MORE THAN EXPECTED IN 4 DAYS! WE PRAY AND PRAISE GOD FOR THEIR INITIATIVE, KIND HEART AND THE WILLINGNESS TO LEAVE ALL AT HOME AND TRAVEL TO ASSIST US. OUR SCHOOL IS DEVELOPING AND THE MUCH NEEDED ASSISTANCE IS PAYING OFF. CHILDREN, PARENTS, STAFF AND THE COMMUNITY ARE REJOICING AND ARE SO EXCITED TO SEE GREAT THINGS HAPPENING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL AS WE WORK ALONG. THE TEAM'S TESTIMONY SPEAKS LOUD ENOUGH. THANK YOU ALL FOR HELPING US AND BELIEVING IN THIS MISSION TRIPS BUT MOST OF ALL AND ABOVE ALL THANKS TO OUR GOD!

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