The Ministry of Education once again changed the starting date of the nutritional program that would provide a healthy meal daily to each student. It is now scheduled to begin in early March and also will include health checks and iron and folic acid supplements for every student. With the snack program from the generous donations of USFW and the daily lunch, hunger will no longer be a problem facing our students.
One bit of news of which the school is most proud is that two students from our school were able to compete in the National Spelling Bee. Although neither won, the school was recognized by the local district manager of the Ministry of Education in several of his radio interviews after the contest.
Belize Friends School’s board met this month to review and discuss future ministry opportunities for the school. One of the ideas considered was the development and the conducting of a computer literacy class and an adult basic reading literacy course to be held in the evenings for the community that surrounds our school.
Our students face many horrible realities. Gun violence took the life of the father of one of our students. The father had been in a gang and had moved away from their influence. However, he was a witness in an upcoming trial and was killed so he would not testify. The whole school was affected by this tragedy.
Yet another student reported that her mother is not expected to live very long as she is not taking the medication necessary to stem the tide of the AIDS virus within her body. As one can imagine this young girl is having a difficult time concentrating on her studies because of the worry and anxiety over the situation. Human Services is involved but that is not always a good thing. Please keep both these situations in prayer.
We were happy to have a team from Wilmington Yearly Meeting led by Nancy and Mike McCormick and a team from Grinnell First Friends led by Anthony Nieuwsma visit our school in March. Everyone had good fellowship and fun.
Katie and Sam will be back in the U.S. this summer while Becky and the rest of the family will stay in Belize this summer to work on their residency requirements. Sam hopes to meet with many of you and personally share the growing and wonderful ministry of Belize Friends School.
Sam & Becky Barber