November 18, 2011

UNITY PRESBYTERIAN SCHOOL - BELIZE CITY, BELIZE

Kitchener HANDS Team:

Our work for the next 12 days will be to work alongside local construction workers to complete the last three classrooms on the second floor of Unity Presbyterian School. Our stay there is not only to work, work, work but also to interact with our hosts, the school children, community and perhaps even participate in some classroom activities.

We look forward to meeting Pastor Ernest & Carolyn Betson, this is the couple who minister to the people and started a church plant in a poverty stricken area of the Capitol. They saw that many children did not attend school, perhaps because of lack of money but mostly it was not important to parents,so in 2007, the Betson started Unity Presbyterian School where Carolyn is now the principal. The growth in enrollment has been phenomenal, hence the need for more classrooms.

Belize, the smallest of the 7 Central America countries only has a population of approx. 335,000 people and is bordered to the north by Mexico and the west by Guatemala, and to the east by the Caribbean Sea. There is much to be said about Belize’s history, government, natural resources and economy but the combination of natural factors---climate, Belize Barrier Reef, the many islands, fishing, boating, jungle and wildlife reserves that the government has deemed tourism as its second development priority after agriculture.

2 days to go---------hank

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