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Humana People to People Belize

Support Development
in
Belize
Newsletter (3rd issue 2016)

“Development is about transform-
ing the lives of people, not just
transforming economies.”
Inside this issue:
Joseph E. Stiglitz
Pre-School Summer 2
program 2016

News from Child Aid 3
Project Council

Special Project from 4
the Development In-
structors in Silver
Creek Village

Garbage System Im- 5
plementation in Trio
Village

News From the Se- 6
cond Hand Clothes
Shops

Contact 7
information

see. develop. Humana People to People Belize works together with the pre-schools in various activities such as improving buildings. Santa Teresa. The personality and the capability of a person depends on the input it receives from its surroundings – es- pecially the first few years of the child’s life which are vital for the development of the person. the child develops its physi- cal and mental capabilities as well as social attitude. Youth Clubs are organized to prepare. Big Falls. promote. building play- grounds and carry out interactive activities with the children. Belize is a multi-culture and multi-language country where Spanish or local languages such as Mopan Maya or Kekchi are the first or only language for many. More than 500 children under 4 years of age participated along with youth in each community spearheading the initiative. The topics during the summer program include healthy eating. Page 2 Pre-school Summer Program 2016 Each child is an individual human being with a unique path of life to follow. Trio. is an- other initiative that promotes preschools. Bella Vista. which span over one month during the school holidays. through the preschool. . The Humana People to People Belize summer program is a taste of pre-school and an encouragement to parents to en- roll their child in pre-school where that is possible. play and games. Bladen. Blue Creek. while the official language and therefore also the language used in schools is English. Humana People to People Belize’s yearly summer program. and teach and provide opportuni- ties to the children in the community. exercise. and San Benito Poite. singing. Medina bank. art and craft and origami. the ABC and numbers and shapes. Humana People to People Belize mobilizes for pre-school en- rollment. touch and do as much as possible. This year the sum- mer program took place in the following 14 communities: Sil- ver Creek. Sta- tistic found at the Belize Statistical Institution shows that 14% of the children are not passing the grades in the school al- ready from the first class in primary school – mostly due to language barriers. San Miguel. Otoxha. Aguacate. Indian Creek. San Antonio. The pre-school summer programs are community based and community driven programs. Therefore it is important that the child is given the possibility to experience.

. Women guarantee livelihoods. understand. sugary and salty foods. with emphasis and healthy. women’s production helps to guarantee their self-sustenance. opportunities and choices. Women are the backbone of the development of rural and national economies. communicate and compute using printed and written mate- rials associated with varying contexts. Several participating families have established back-yard gardens that provide healthy ingredients to their meals. UNESCO defines literacy as ‘the ability to identify. economies grow. 2010 numbers related to literacy rate in Belize show a literacy rate of 80% . poor food safety practices and lack of reduced physical activity continue to plague the society”. food security is enhanced and prospects are improved for cur- rent and future generations. delicious and attractive recipes. unbalanced diets. especially in rural areas.to members of the mother’s clubs and to individual families—currently in seven communities of To- ledo. Corazon and Otoxa Village. Humana People to People Belize has been providing literacy clas- ses to adults and to children with special needs like the child in this pic- ture. She is not attending pre-school because a physical constrain mak- ing it difficult for her to write. create. to develop their knowledge and potential. Realizing the importance of rural women in agriculture is an important aspect of gender relations and this is why Humana People to People Belize pro- motes garden farming for women and provide training for them to learn more about agricultural techniques and practices. high morbidity and mortality rates due to non-communicable diseases.to spread awareness about the importance of the food consumed and the consequences of malnutrition. Overweight and obesity. and overall poor food choices. As a response to that Humana People to People Belize provides nutri- tion sessions . As a result of their great efforts in agricultural production. and to participate fully in their community and wider society’. When women are empowered and can claim their rights and access to land. Page33 Page News from the Child Aid Project Council Numbers from the Ministry of Health show that the “Belizean people face several nutritional problems including high intake of fatty. Through the Child Aid project literacy classes are provided to women clubs in Aguacate Village and Golden Stream and individual classes to adults in Silver Creek. leadership. Literacy involves a continuum of learning in enabling individuals to achieve their goals. . low fruit and vegetable consumption. inter- pret.

In this case a mini playground was built and a Moringa Tree and Fruit Tree Planting Action was carried out in Silver Creek to the benefit of its population of approximately 185 households. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact with the world around them. plan for and carry out a special project (a foot print) in the community they work with. The Moringa tree is known as the Miracle Tree. and physical. 290 Morning trees were produced and distributed to the families in Silver Creek. bark. fruit. the International Devel- opment Instructors identify. It originat- ed from Asia/Africa. . dexterity. Play is important to healthy brain devel- opment. cognitive. flowers. It provides a boost in energy. seeds and root can all be used and function as either medicine or supplement. Page 4 Development Instructors’ Special Project in Silver Creek As part of the 6 months program. The play ground was made because play- ing allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination. and emotional strength. Some benefits are:  Blood pressure is controlled  Skin condition is restored  Immune system is strengthened  Headache and migraine are handled  Diabetes is controlled Moringa can be grown cheaply and easily and has been pro- moted by Humana People to People Belize for several years now. nutrition and health. The leaves.

Now when it rains there is no way the water can run resulting in flooding of all the school and houses located near the main drainage and resulting in many breeding grounds for mosquitos increasing the risk of spreading dengue and malaria. Garbage comes in many forms and occurs as solid material. Sharp object such as glass and rusty met- als could cause serious injuries and infections. . The increased vol- ume of trash threatens standards of hygiene at micro and mac- ro levels. Waste that is not properly disposed of can be haz- ardous to your safety. In that way the waste will be turned sanitation and recycling as a way to eradicate the problem of into high valued fertilizer. the neighboring banana farm and Minis. taking the shape of discarded household items like clothing. Proper waste man- agement and disposal removes all these hazardous materials from the environment making it safer for both human beings and animals. If not properly disposed of. recycling and reducing consumption of packaged items is a good place to start. As human populations grow. food scraps. plants and animals. empty bottles. organic matters either at each household level lem. Next step is to make a recycling station for try of Health it was decided to do something about the prob. To avoid contributing to the growing problem of trash disposal. these types of garbage accu- mulate quickly and pose significant harms. Humana People to People Belize in partnership with the Village Council in Trio Village. plastic bags and paper plates and utensils. And waste trans- garbage affecting the community. and nearest dump site every two week was agreed upon. Even non-toxic waste causes pollution that contributes to global warming in its process of decomposing. One of the challenges faced in Trio village is that there is no dumping site and villagers tend to dump the garbage in neigh- bors’ empty lots or in the main drain of the community. Some kinds of environmental contaminants can also spread serious illness and disease if not disposed of in the right way. A simple way to get garbage properly disposed at the or at a strategic place in the community. people can prevent haz- ardous materials from contaminating the environment. so does the demand for and consumption of resources and consumer goods. Page 5 Garbage system Implementation in Trio Village Proper garbage disposal prevents the spread of diseases and ensures that environments remain habitable for humans. ported to dump site will be vastly reduced. hardware. When waste is disposed of properly. People in learn how to properly handle that for exam- the community are mobilized to take active part in cleaning ple by using sawdust and micro effective bac- campaigns which are held bi-weekly and they are taught about teria's.

how to manage a team towards its objectives. planning and budgeting. it is Staff and key personnel is thus wholeheartedly and re. The whole team is constantly updated with how well the project goes and what things need to be This also counts for staff in the clothes project. to reflect on the results of the past month and Back to revise plans for the coming months. Humana People to People Belize sees its staff as the Humana People to People Belize holds regular sched- greatest resource to achieve the objectives. uled meetings as part of the routine at work. worked on in order to deliver as promised. they have committed themselves and their shop to raise a certain amount of funds that the organization can rely on to cover a portion of its operational and program expenses. and what improvements a team can achieve together. from brainstorming work matters and a way of keeping track of individu- ideas. .the more money earned. Because they are informed and involved all the way around they become very proud of what they are part of! The meetings are a learning and improvement oppor- tunity for the shop managers. Page 6 News from the Clothes Project the shops numbers and conclusions it is a good place to also learn about the wider organization. Through these monthly meetings the shop managers realize the bigger picture and the ultimate result of their efforts. the achievements in the communities. Individually and as a project team they have a month and year goal to reach. Here the key staff participate in a shop meeting every month. sion. .apart from dealing with . The shop managers School - shares ideas of new tactics of promotions with each September other to increase sales and good customer service. one of the ways to keep each other updated with spectfully counted with at all levels. current. making commitments and al and team work progress through a healthy discus- frank speaking evaluation. Humana People to People Belize consider that meet- ings are great for building supportive relationships– it give team members a place to help each other and offer support. the more peo- ple reached in the community development project. how to work in a team. promotion And they share problems and solutions. ly implementing and earning funds from 4 shops located in Toledo and Stann Creek.

org www. Phone: (+501) 678 99 43 Email: Info@humana-belize. Commerce Street. TO PEOPLE The development work of the Humana People to People Movement is rooted BELIZE in a commitment to fight alongside The Poor in a collective process that sup- ports people to make changes.org Director: Susanne Jensen Email: susanne. (Mango Creek).org Partnership & Promotion: Cindy Rodezno Email: cindy@humana-belize.org SHOPS ADDRESSES: Dangriga Town. Stann Creek District Independence.org Ishelly Williams Email: Ishelly.humana-belize. Monkey River Road. Stann Creek District Santa Cruz. Bella Vista. Toucan Street. (in front of A&A Supermarket) Toledo District . Stann Creek District.org Project leader Child Aid Toledo: Pantaleon Escobar Email: Pantaleon@humana-belize. Page 8 Humana People to People Belize is a member of a network of 32 organ- izations engaged in international solidarity.b@humana-belize.j@humana-belize. solve problems and improve their lives. (beside the football field). Belize Central America. Asia and the Americas. Africa.humana. Toledo District.org General Manager: Jaime Barrientos Email: Jaime. cooperation and development in HUMANA PEOPLE Europe.org www.w@humana-belize.