The internet in camp wasn’t really up to par for updating, so I decided to wait till I returned to give updates. Throughout the week we had VBS for the kids in The Valley of Peace and the small village of More Tomorrow. It’s really amazing how only after a week of knowing the kids you get to know them, they get to know you, and a year later they come running up to you calling out your name!
One of our goals was to hand out food bags which consisted of rice, beans, flour, chicken spices, instant noodles, and this year we added care packages with soaps, shampoos, and other toiletries. Where do you go in Belmopan to buy all this? Why, The Mall of course!
The Mall in Belmopan is a big warehouse like structure (like most stores in Belize) that sells anything from groceries to car parts.
The best part is all the fresh spices and groceries that are available. The spice isle smells heavenly! And most of the beans, rice, and other grocery products are wrapped up in bags straight from the farms and shipped to the store.
For the second year, we were asked to participate in the graduation of the sixth form (8th grade) students of More Tomorrow. The village is small, only having around 40+ students who attend school and this year only having 6 graduates. Unfortunately, because of its remote location, most students do not go higher than sixth form.
To attend high school, they would have to leave home at 4 am to walk 5 miles to a main road and catch a bus to Belmopan. Then they wouldn’t return home till around 8 pm. This is if their parents can afford the tuition, uniforms, books, lunch, and bus fee for them.
Our team currently sponsors all the kids from infant one (kindergarten) to sixth form (8th grade) in More Tomorrow including tuition, uniforms, books, and supplies. We’ve also supplied a few laptops in hopes that in the future we’ll be able to get internet to the school to provide online options for high schoolers.
Over the years we’ve also managed to bring a few books to make a small library for the school. They already had a library of their own, but a few more books to add to the pile can never hurt, right? Right!
Next year we’re working on getting together a slightly bigger computer lab with encyclopedia software and a few other educational software that doesn’t require internet. I do love the people and the kids I get to meet there, and the school has quickly become a dear place to me.