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Updates from Child Aid Toledo- Activities in Red Bank

The participation from the people of the communi-


ties is very important and essential for the commu-
nity to develop. In any project, the cooperation of
the people is one of the most necessary components
for success; Child Aid Toledo is able to connect with
the active families by their willingness and efforts to
work shoulder to shoulder to improve and uplift the
living conditions of the people and at the end of the
day to proudly see improvements in the lives of
many.
Red Bank is one of the most active communities in
Southern Stann Creek, there is two women groups
with 36 participants, a girls club with 20 members, a
youth club with 26 members, a children club with 35
members, a farmers club with 17 farmers and the
full participation of the primary school. Many ac-
tions and activities like tree nurseries, creation of
vegetables gardens, fundraising activities by women
groups, open days, classroom upgrades, recycling
activities, cleaning campaigns, sessions to reduce
the burning of garbage and making the school li-
brary have been taking place in Red Bank with the
leadership of Maritza (Child Aid program officer),
and the Development Instructors.
A good example of effort and team work is by one of
the women groups who worked hard fundraising for
several months to buy chicken wire for their vegeta-
ble gardens and chicken coops. Firstly, the women
were provided with cooking lessons; they were
taught how to make chocolates, jams and jellies, piz-
za, cakes and other dishes. With this knowledge they
prepared food sales during weekends and special
events happening in the community. They success-
fully gather all the money needed to buy eighteen
rolls of chicken wire for all the group members. Hu-
mana Belize proudly supports their efforts and hard
work for a worthy cause.
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Preschool summer program
As a tradition, every year when school closes for summer
vacations, Humana Belize starts the preparation for the
preschool summer program by mobilizing youth clubs
from the communities who volunteer themselves to be the
teachers for the program. We know that preschool educa-
tion is now considered not just a good idea for a child, but
very important for the child‖s success in life.
"At preschool, they become exposed to numbers, letters,
and shapes. And, more important, they learn how to social-
ize — get along with other children, share, contribute to
circle time." Says Kathleen McCartney, Ph.D, Dean of Har-
vard Graduate School of Education.
Preschool education provides the child with an opportuni-
ty to start a life of learning and growing. The program of-
ficers from earlier before school closes start to mobilize
parents to send their children to the summer program.
Some parents at the beginning are hesitant by thinking
that their child is too young to go to school or that their
child might just go and play during the program but as they
are more involved in the summer program they realize the
importance of their child interacting with other children
and exposing them to be in a class room not just by playing
but also by singing, painting or drawing.
Most of the teachers for the summer program are high
school students being members of youth clubs or local
community volunteers. Before the summer program
starts the teachers are trained by a Humana Belize repre-
sentative and provided them with school supplies to share
among the students attending the program so the parents
do not need to worry about buying school supplies to the
new school goer.
Thanks to the efforts made by the parents in sending their
children to the summer program and a special thanks to
the youth volunteers for sharing knowledge and guiding
future doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, farmers, po-
lice and secretaries of Belize.
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Training on leadership in the 21st century by OAS representative
HPP Belize has been partnering with the Organization of
American States who has provided technical support and as-
sistance to its projects. The OAS Representative Mr. Starret
Greene conducted a training on leadership in the 21st Centu-
ry where 31 people were certified. The training encompassed
a series of topics that have been beneficial to our participants
- staff, community volunteers and youth as they take on lead-
ership roles in their respective communities. These topics in-
clude; What is a leader (what that embodies, qualities, suc-
cess), Approaches to Leadership- Traditional versus Modern,
Principles of Leadership, Values, among others. HPP Belize is
pleased to be part of these important training that are bene-
ficial for the development of the staff, volunteers and key
people in the communities.

Training on ―Rational Management of pesticide‖


HPP Belize invited a Pesticide Control Board representative
to conduct a training to the Humana staff and community vol-
unteers about pest identification, plant diseases, pest classifi-
cation, understanding pesticide labels, steps in handling sus-
pected poisoning, first aid, emergency measures in pesticide
intoxication, pesticide waste management, and restricted use
of pesticides. At the end of the two days training, 13 staff
members of the Child Aid project, Farmers club project and a
community volunteer were certify on rational management of
pesticide. Pesticide Control Board have also been patterning
with Child Aid project to train families in the communities
about pesticide management. A special thanks to Pesticide
control board and Mr. Orticio Tush (representative of PCB)
for taking the time out and coming to provide us with this use-
ful training.

Training on youth leadership and global warming and climate change


“The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity.” by Ben-
jamin Disraeli
One of the most focused age groups that HPP Belize focus is
youths because we believe that young people are the future
of a nation. We engage young people in trainings, actions and
activities; and one of the most successful action is to train
them to become the teachers of the pre-school summer pro-
gram which is held every year at the participating communi-
ties that Humana Belize is working on. This year, sixteen
youth participated in the pre school teacher training and
workshop on global warming and climate change. The training
was conducted by the Development Instructors, Marco and
Maria in the Child Aid office. As part of the training, the
youths were given group work and prepared presentations to
get them used to talk in public. Thanks to the future young
teachers for been part of the change.
Improve Storage of agricultural products to reduce postharvest losses Page 4

HPP Belize is please to implement the new Switzerland funded project named ―Improve storage of agricultural prod-
ucts to reduce postharvest losses‖. The project seeks to mobilize 40 women organized into Women‖s Clubs of 10-15
women each. These clubs are well organized and are learning new techniques on gardening, agricultural production,
health and nutrition, hygiene and sanitation.
These women are small scale farmers who have experienced that once they have harvested their grains (which are
staple foods in their table) they must sell everything since they do not have a secure way to store their products until
the following season.
This project will provide a small but efficient silos to these small farmers to clean, dry and store their basic grains for
future consumption or for selling when prices are higher therefore improving their income and food security. A base-
line survey was conducted during the month July 2018 (19-26 July) in four communities where the project is being
implemented. These small villages are: Santa Rosa, San Roman, Red Band
and Cow pen, all in the Stann Creek District. The survey seeks to identify the
number of persons per household, access to storage units, types of grains
they store, what affects stored grains and if they have received any training
in grain storage. A special thanks to the Embassy of Switzerland for the

Increase access to improved sanitation and adequate hygiene and residue disposal
practices in San Roman and Santa Rosa villages
Humana People to People Belize is pleased to implement the new German
Corporation funded project under the project name “Increase access to im-
proved sanitation and adequate hygiene and residue disposal practices in
San Roman and Santa Rosa villages”- May to December 31th 2018.

The objective of the project is to improve awareness and knowledge of ade-


quate hygiene and residue disposal practices at a national level. The project
will target ten poor women who are members of HPP Belize women‖s
group. At least 50% of the community members (718 people) who will make
use of the two latrines in the community centers. Twenty external con-
struction workers from different communities who will participate in the
workshop to learn to build latrines will benefit from the trainings. Some of
the main activities that the project will carry on are: workshops on com-
posting and urine diverting– dry latrine contraction and maintenance guide-
lines, wash campaigns and composting latrine explanation in ten preschools
and one primary school, posters in the targeted village‖s health centers, local
businesses, and schools, national and radio inter-
views and social media campaign with Facebook
posts and project implementation videos and much
more. A special thanks to the German Cooperation
for the opportunity to implement this project.
Health fair in Aguacate, Toledo Page 5

Through the Child Aid Toledo project, Humana People to People


Belize has facilitated a number of training sessions, health fairs,
distribution of information pamphlets on health, hygiene and
sanitation and hosted a number of ―health campaigns‖ within the
communities, including HIV testing in various villages.
The community, school and Humana Belize organized an Open
Day fair and several surrounded communities, Ministries and
NGOs were invited to participate in such action. Collaborations
such as this; promotes a positive outlook of engagement between
the Ministry and NGO‖s working in the area as we proceed to
share ideas and develop a partnership to provide assistance to
improve the standards of living for individuals in rural
communities of Belize.
The most recent health campaign was held in Aguacate Village,
where approximatly 500 people atteded the health fair. The fair
was also a fundraising event for the youth football team and
village council from Aguacate. The event had a football marathon
with invited guests from neighbour communities, games for the
children, nutrition lessons by the Development Instructors (Maria
and Marco), health check ups by two community health workers
from Aguacate (Hilaria Choco and Teresa Cucul). The health check
ups included diabetes tests and high blood pressure checks. The
community counts with two health workers who reside in the
community and are available 24/7.
Villagers from Aguacate have difficulties in access to proper health
necessities because in the village there is a health post but there is
no doctor to attend patients therefore they have to find a way to
go out from the community to get medical services. The
trasportation and road conditions are also a challenge because the
village is far away from the nearest hospital (San Antonio or Punta
Gorda Town). Due to the lock of medical services in many
communities of Toledo, Humana Belize invites the Minsitry of
health to participate in health fair so that villagers can have access
to basic check ups.
We thank the communities, village leaders, youth clubs, Ministries
and NGOs who were part of this event.
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From 2017 to 2020, Humana People to People Belize is in the process of implementing a three year project in ten
communities in Southern Belize to Strengthen, Empower - Enforce Human Rights. HPPB believes that the improve-
ment of the overall well-being of the population of Belize is possible by enhancing knowledge and awareness of hu-
man rights and contributing to ensuring their protection.

The “Baseline Survey Study” to Strengthen, Empower, Enforce Human Rights (SeeHR) is complementary and focused
on baseline data collection for a set of indicators outlined in the MEL framework of the SeeHR Project, which took
approximately 2 months. This study was done as house to house survey in 10 of the targeted communities (Cowpen,
Bella Vista, San Isidro, Trio, Bladen, Golden Stream, Medina Bank, Indian Creek, Silver Creek and San Miguel). This
study will be used to monitor the project progress against the set indicators over the course of the project implemen-
tation. The project direct beneficiaries include families: women, men, children, youths, community leaders, public au-
thorities, vulnerable groups, immigrants and key stakeholders.

Since the baseline survey has been completed HPPB, BFLA with the technical support from HRCB will directly work
to implement project activities along with 8-10 selected members in each of the participating communities who will
be considered the activist and partake in the capacity building sessions to increase their knowledge on human rights.
Groups has been formed in each of the communities and training is schedule to start on October 10th, 2018. While
preparing training materials and manuals for the training of trainers the SeeHR Staff has ventured out in activities in
the communities in Stann Creek and Toledo. We have been spreading awareness to Human Rights all over the South
ensuring that we all know our rights particularly with Women, Children, Men and Youths.

Health fair in Bella Vista


The Ministry of Health had invited us to a health fair to be held near the Primary School in Bella Vista. The children
from the upper division came to visit the booth where they were able to learn as well as watch a movie that displays
the rights of a child. After the movie was shown they were asked questions which resulted in a very educational dis-
cussion on what they know or what they learnt in school about children's rights. Before leaving the kids were able to
distinguish what are children's rights.
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Open day in Red Bank
The SeeHR project had a display of Human Rights violations at the open day fair in Red Bank. Many children came to
our booth and we started a discussion on Children's rights where they were able to learn about their rights and engage
in games to keep them occupied. The children themselves had a lot of questions to ask us mainly about domestic vio-
lence, where we were able to demonstrate what domestic violence really is.

Human Rights presentation in Farm #9

Farm workers from farm #9 met with members of the SeeHR project to engage in a presentation on Human Rights in
general. In the presentation was about what they think is Human Rights, we discussed the 30 Human Rights, showed
them a video about Human Rights, also shared with them some Economic, Social and Cultural Human Rights Violations
and also told them about some Organizations in Belize where they can go for help or even report about Human Rights
Violations.

Over all the training with TAP staff members was very interactive and they were eager to learn more about their
Rights as Human Beings. It is not very often that information based on Human Rights is shared with others or even
spread in Rural areas and hence the reason why they are willing to learn more.
We concluded the training by asking questions about what they now know from the presentation done and thanking
them for their participation on the Training.
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Livestock– Piglets
The Project Building Adaptive capacity And Resilience
to Climate Change in Toledo, Southern Belize continues
to work and improve the Farmers Club in the Target
communities.
Out of the nine farmers clubs eight have received 10
piglets. The piglets received are being reared for the
breeding purposes and therefore each club received 8
sows and 2 boars. In line with construction of climate
smart livestock pens, the project provided the neces-
sary materials for the construction of the flooring of the
pigpens and the club members contributed materials
and labour for the completion of the pens.
Under the guidance of the Community Outreach Assis-
tants, the clubs are guided in the care of the piglets. The
clubs are guided in the cleaning of the pigs, worming of
the pigs, cleaning of their pens as well as proper feeding.
In the case of Bella Vista and Trio who did not receive
fencing for their demonstration plots, they received se-
curity booths and a member of the farmers club is there
everyday taking care of the piglets. Indian Creek went
the extra mile and built their own security booth .
The process of installing nipples around the pigpen for
the pigs to suck water is on-going.
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Construction of Chicken coops and Solar dryers


The Farmers Club in the target communities is divided
into 2 clusters: the northern cluster and the southern
cluster. The Northern Cluster includes Bella Vista,
Trio, Bladen, Indian Creek and the Southern Cluster
includes Blue Creek, Jordan, Santa Teresa and the
new Farmers Club Corazon.

 The project has built 2 solar dryers— one in the south-


ern cluster and one in the northern cluster. One was
built in Bella Vista and one in Santa Teresa.
 The Farmers club from Trio, Bladen and Indian Creek
will have access to the solar dryer in Bella Vista and
Corazon, Jordan and Blue Creek will access the one
located in Santa Teresa.
 The project is now moving to another stage where
chickens have been introduced to the farmers club. In
order to be prepared, chicken coops have been com-
pleted for all nine farmers‖ club. The project provided
all the materials and the respective farmers club built
their own chick coop. The design of the chicken coop
is based on the design from the Ministry of Agricul-
ture.
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Visit to Indian Creek Farmers’ Club
Indian creek is the club that has the most difficult soil to
work with. At the beginning of the project the club was
working hard but they needed drainage on their plot to
work better. A drain was donated to the club and a big
change has occurred on the demo plot since then.
The club has been working hand in hand with the Commu-
nity Outreach Assistant, Abimael Bol, and now the club is
doing very well.
They have planted sweet peppers inside the greenhouse
and they are now harvesting and selling. The pigs are very
healthy and growing very fast.
The project invested in taking all the farmers club from
the target communities to the Indian Creek Demo Plot
for a tour so, they could see the hard work that the club
had done to reach the stage in which they are.
During the visit, members of the Indian Creek Farmers‖
Club explained to the visitors how they work on the demo
Farm, the contributions that each member does to the
group, and the techniques they use to improve their agri-
cultural practices. This helped the members of the other
farmers club to capture ideas and knowledge to improve
their Demo Plot in the respective communities. It was an
impressive and successful day.
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Humana People to People Belize is a member of a network of


32 organizations engaged in international solidarity, cooperation and
HUMANA PEOPLE development in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.
TO PEOPLE The development work of the Humana People to People Movement
BELIZE is rooted in a commitment to fight alongside The Poor in a collective
process that supports people to make changes, solve problems and
improve their lives.

Monkey River Road,


Toledo District,
Belize Central America.
PO BOX 1728, Belize City

Phone: (+501) 678 99 43


Email: Info@humana-belize.org
www.humana-belize.org
www.humana.org

Country Director: Susanne Jensen


Email: susanne.j@humana-belize.org

Project Manager: Clothes and Shoes: Jaime Barrientos


Email: Jaime.b@humana-belize.org

Project Manager: Child Aid Toledo: Pantaleon Escobar


Email: Pantaleon@humana-belize.org

Project Manager: CDRRF/Farmers Club: Elizabeth Muschamp


Email: Elizabeth.m@humana-belize.org

Project Manager: Strengthen Empower Enforce Human Rights: Indira Williams


Email: indira.w@humana-belize.org

Grant Management and Content Material: Cindy Rodezno


Email: cindy@humana-belize.org

Partnership & Promotion: Ishelly Williams & Andrea Perez


Email: Ishelly.w@humana-belize.org , Andrea.p@humana-belize.org

SHOPS ADDRESSES:

Dangriga Town, Commerce Street, Stann Creek District


Santa Cruz, (beside the football field), Stann Creek District
Independence (Mango Creek), Toucan Street, Stann Creek District.
Bella Vista, (in front of A&A Supermarket) Toledo District
Placencia, (Main road, beside Scotia Bank) Stann Creek District
Punta Gorda Shop ( George Street, Punta Gorda Town) Toledo District