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Friends in Belize

The Friends Boys School is currently the primary ministry of Friends United Meeting in Belize.  Founded by Friends in the 1970s, the school provides boys who did not pass their eighth grade exam with the opportunity to take another year of study and retake the exam. The school has had great success in producing high school graduates. Some alumni have gone on to attend university.

Sam and Becky Barber of Iowa Yearly Meeting served as principals of the Friends school from 2009 to 2014. At the conclusion of the Barber’s service, long-time Belizean teacher, Candi Young, was appointed Acting Principal. During the Barbers' years of service, the school grew and adapted to meet the evolving needs of the surrounding community. Belize Friends Boys School now accepts girls, and it recognizes that some of its students may need more than one year of study to pass the exam. Belize Friends School enjoys an excellent working relationship with the Belizean Ministry of Education and is gaining a wider reputation in Belize City. In addition, there is an emerging vision of planting a new Friends worship group and of expanding the ways that Friends minister in the context of the South Side of Belize City. Dale Graves of Western Yearly Meeting is currently on a one-year assignment to carry out a community needs assessment and to begin forming networks with other groups who are working in this area. To learn more about Friends efforts in Belize, browse the featured articles below:

Sam and Becky Barber of Iowa Yearly Meeting, have served as principals of the Friends School since 2009. Under the Barbers' care, the school has grown and adapted to meet the evolving needs of the surrounding community. Belize Friends Boys School now accepts girls, and it also recognizes that some of its students may need more than one year of study to pass the exam.

The school enjoys an excellent working relationship with the Belizean Ministry of Education and is gaining a wider reputation in Belize City. In addition, there is an emerging vision of planting a new Friends worship group with the school community as the focus.

To learn more about Friends efforts in Belize, browse the featured articles below:

Belize has gotten under my skin.

It has been a while since I have written. We have been busy with the school, but more than that, the discernment and planning team has also been busy.  Several members of the team visited Belize and we presented an update on the Belize ministry to the FUM boards.  The update was not in the form of a final proposal…

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Belizean Ministry Expands to Adults

Beginning in September 2015, the unique and highly-successful Belize Friends School experience will be available to adult learners, as well as to teens. The school has long offered a “second chance” to teens who have dropped out or been kicked out of traditional schools. Many of these teens are at risk of joining criminal gangs, and the Friends School offers…

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Dale Graves extends his stay in Belize

Dale Graves was given a one-year assignment, to assist the FUM General Board in discernment and planning for the future of Friends’ ministries in Belize. That work will hopefully be complete in October 2015. Yet Dale has discerned a call to continue serving in Belize for another academic year. He will help the school launch a new adult education program,…

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Belize Update from Dale Graves – January 2015

The school year is progressing and the PSE (Primary School Examination) is coming up in 8 weeks. Therefore, our teachers are putting a little more effort in preparing for this exam. This week, Wednesday, we drive our new-to-us bus out to Belmopan for the volleyball competition against three other institutions like ours. The stickers for the sides of the bus…

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FUM News in Brief – January/February 2015

Out of the Forest to Peace By Getry Agizah, Coordinator, Friends Church Peace Teams Mt. Elgon has experienced many conflicts since Kenyan independence. These conflicts are based on tribe, land and politics. The worst violence that took place was between the years 2006-2008 and began because of a land dispute at a settlement called Chepyuk. This happened because the scheme…

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Christmas Health Kits for Belize

One of the fun things to do as Christmas approaches is to create shoebox gift packages for those children who wouldn’t otherwise get gifts at Christmas. For several years a few meetings have done this for Belize Friends School, and the children in the school look forward to receiving these gifts. After all, it very well may be the only…

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FUM News In Brief – July/August 2014

Update on Kaimosi Hospital Friends United Meeting entered into a temporary arrangement with East Africa Yearly Meeting eight years ago to restore Friends Hospital Kaimosi from the brink of collapse. The hospital’s situation was dire, and Friends around the world answered the call with an outpouring of prayer, volunteer time and financial resources. Under FUM’s leadership, the hospital became financially…

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Support Dale Graves as Interim Director of Belize Friends Mission

UPDATE: Dale has reached his fundraising goal! Dale Graves has received full support through gifts and pledges for this coming year in Belize. Thank you to everyone who contributed so generously! For those still considering a contribution, Dale suggests giving to the to the Belize Friends School account. Darcel Murray has been hired to work alongside Candi Young, who will…

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Equipping To Serve: Through Work Teams

Belize Work Teams By Nancy McCormick My husband Mike and I have served on several work teams, Friends Disaster projects, hosting work camp experiences for youth, traveling with young and old to Belize City, Belize and while working as Friends Pastors for almost 35 years. It has been our desire to see living water stir within the hearts of those…

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Dale Graves to Serve as Belize Interim Director

As Sam and Becky Barber and their family prepare to transition back to the United States, we in Friends United Meeting wish to express our profound appreciation for their ministry. Their unique gift of Christian relationships has touched many Belizeans and made a significant impact for God’s community. We also want to thank all those who have supported, accompanied and…

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