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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:

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

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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FUM Announces Transition in Belize

For over 40 years, Friends United Meeting’s mission through the Belize Friends School has focused on “bridging the gap between poverty and possibility” by providing a second chance to inner-city youth who have failed in traditional educational settings. Over the past two years, FUM has been in a discernment process regarding how to more faithfully carry out our purpose statement…

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Belize Friends School Update – March 2014

Dear Friends, February has been a month of preparation. Our students have been preparing for the Primary School Examination by studying past examinations. Utilizing questions previously used helps students understand how the questions are written and helps them to be more comfortable in answering them. We have also been preparing for the visitation of two work teams who will arrive…

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Sam and Becky Barber

Belize Friends School: FUM General Board Report 2014

The school’s enrolment has been a major concern since last year’s low student population of 10. In May of 2013, the school board approved an advertising schedule that included advertising in many media outlets. This measure, the good reputation of the school and our active presence in the Belize District Primary Principals meetings has brought us to a current enrolment…

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FUM News in Brief – September/October 2013

UPDATE: Double Your Gift, Double the Impact Spring 2013 Matching Gift Opportunity FUM is thrilled to announce that through the faithful, generous response to the matching gift opportunity, the goal of $45,000 was exceeded. A total of $52,597.26 was received, allowing FUM to start the new fiscal year prepared to equip and energize the worldwide community it serves. Your continual…

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Sam and Becky Barber

Sam and Becky Barber Update – March/April

Much time has been spent in meetings with the Belize Ministry of Education to prepare a “free lunch” program to begin at the end of January. We are delighted that the government has decided to move forward with this plan, as students who are hungry have a hard time concentrating on academics and tend to present behavior problems. Although snacks…

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Sam and Becky Barber

Field Staff Reports: Sam & Becky Barber – March 2013

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…

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