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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, 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 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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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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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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Field Staff Reports: Sam Barber – February, 2013

January is always a time of transition at Belize Friends School. Now that the second term has begun, our focus is geared toward the preparation of the Primary School Examination (PSE). We also accepted three more students, bringing our total to ten. On a personal side, our house was broken into again on January 14. This time some of Felicia…

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Field Staff Reports: Sam & Becky Barber – January 2013

Friends, In my last report, I shared the difficult behavior problems of a pair of brothers who attend our school. Time and a talk with their father have allowed the situation to improve dramatically. On a sadder note, all of our students attended a funeral for the father of another of our students. His father had died from complications of…

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Field Staff Reports: Sam & Becky Barber – December 2012

Dear Friends, As I look over the last year, I have seen God work many ways through our ministry here in Belize. – We have seen the formation of a school board which helps guide us in the operation of Belize Friends School. This board is made up of Belizean and FUM representatives as well as staff members of the…

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FUM Field Staff Updates

Sam and Becky Barber, Eden Grace and Ann Riggs were in North America this summer. We hope you had the time to visit with them and enjoy stories of their exciting ministires. Please continue to pray for all our field staff as they engage in equipping and energizing Friends all over the world. News from Sam and Becky Barber (Belize…

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