A School that is part of PCSB

In 2006, Pastor Ernest Betson and his wife Carolyn started a church plant in a poverty-stricken part of Belize City known as “The Burial Grounds.” They began to notice that many of the community's young children did not attend school. A survey of area parents revealed that while they tended to give excuses of financial constraints and distance from schools, education did not seem to be a priority for them.

On September 1, 2007, the Betsons opened a pre-school in the new church building. It was located in a swampy area where no one else wanted to build, much less run a school. Since then, the school has grown much faster than expected! As separate facilities were constructed, the community began to respect and appreciate the school, embracing it with love and pride. Children who otherwise would not have access to school are now blessed by being able to learn to read, write and, most importantly, to trust in the Lord Jesus as their Saviour and Provider.

HANDS Teams have helped build much of the second storey of the school which accommodates Grades 4-6 and a computer lab, as well as other facilities' improvements.

Recently we received this testimony of transformation at Unity Christian School from Maria Patt, a teacher:

God has given me the opportunity to serve at Unity Presbyterian School since 2011. I am a witness of the growth and impact this school has in the community and in the lives of our students, parents and in the community as a whole. The Antelope Extension, where Unity School is situated, is in a low lying area where many people are living in poverty. Refugees coming from Central America live in this area in precarious homes and lacking basic needs of life. Unity is in the middle of a dangerous area where there is drug trafficking, gangs and other social problems. In midst of this context, Unity has sovereignly been founded by God in this area as a light in the darkness. I have seen how the Gospel is impacting the lives of many who through God's word are coming to the knowledge of the good news of salvation. Every day, the staff have the opportunity to share God's word during Bible study time and in other lessons and see how students are learning more about who God is and the purpose He has for their lives. It's astonishing to see how students ask questions about God and learn to pray and trust more in Him. The gospel has been transforming students' lives little by little because they speak, behave and think differently as the years goes by. 

It's amazing not only to see how God's grace and guidance is transforming students' lives but Unity School as a whole. 

Over the past three years, Unity Presbyterian School's facilities have improved drastically.  The veranda and classroom are better secured, and most classrooms have been electrically wired, though not completely finished. The classrooms have improved and now there is a better recreational area such as the playground, basketball court, and a wooden building which is used as music class and feeding program.  Students have the opportunity to access and use a computer lab with internet, new bathroom facilities, the church building for graduation ceremonies and chapel time every Friday.  Thus Unity Presbyterian School is more God centred, pleasant, welcoming and engaging, although there is always more room for improvements and necessities. 

I can attest to the great part EduDeo Ministries has played in supporting the many good things happening at Unity School!

--- Maria Patt

It is through the support of HANDS teams, Sponsors, and many other donors that much of the work has been accomplished.  We are thankful to God for allowing us to be part of Unity Presbyterian School's story.

Aug 10, 2011 at 11:09 am

Please send more information about the School building project at Belize. Type of help needed, costs, dates, etc.

Sep 4, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I was on my first trip to Belize this past summer. I want to go back. Love it! How does one find employment in education? I currently teach pre-K/Kindergarten Montessori in the public schools of Georgia, USA.

Erika W.
May 22, 2013 at 12:41 am

I visited this scholl for a Study Abroad Trip from earlier this May. This school is amazing! The school has loving students eager to learn and teachers who are working with what they have and doing an awesome job! If you can volunteer, donate or whatever, it will be money spent well.

Sep 7, 2015 at 6:48 pm

I was blessed recently to be part of a group serving in mission to this amazing school and church community. God bless you

Pastor Betson and Carolyn for all you do in service to to God and your community. I would urge everyone to support this endeavor through prayer, volunteering or assisting financially.

Sep 21, 2015 at 9:27 pm



Sep 16, 2017 at 8:19 am

Hello i love this school And it's awesome because it looks wow very good do u have any Space for my chile in STD 4 thanks yourschool is good pls Replay thanks you verte much my son name is Alejandro Escobar Santiago junior

Roger Bradley
Jun 18, 2019 at 4:46 pm

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Betson. I brought a flyer about two weeks ago for a basketball camp to be held at Birds Isle Thursday and Friday June 20-21 at Birds Isle from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30. You sent a few students to the camp I believe the last 3 years. It's sponsored by the Coby Foundation based in the USA. My Evondale Coburn, a former player, now living in the USA is sponsoring the initiative. Can you please tell me how many students you will be sending. Thank you.

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