To join with village families in Southern Belize in a Fair Trade business partnership to train, empower, build financial stability, provide educational opportunities, and improved living conditions based on Biblical principles
It was very clear to us not long after meeting village families that one of the greatest needs is financial support for educational expenses. Many teenagers are not able to complete their high school/technical education, not so much because of tuition costs, but because they are required to purchase all needed books and supplies. In addition, every school, whether primary, high school or technical school, also requires students to wear uniforms. The government subsidizes the tuition for primary grades plus the first two years of secondary education, but families must then pay for tuition in the final two years of high school and/or technical school.
Sowing Seeds in Belize has established a sponsorship fund to help students complete their secondary and extended education. All sponsorships require certain levels of academic and personal accountability. Sponsors are encouraged to have frequent correspondence with their sponsored student, to build a relationship with the student and his/her family, to be a 'cheerleader' for the student as they pursue their educational goals. If you are interested in helping a student achieve his/her dreams for a better future, please click on the tab below and follow the instructions.
Any amount will help and the rewards to both you and the student are priceless. It's about changing lives, which is.....well, an awesome privilege!
She is a shy but humorous young gal enrolled in the agriculture program. She has struggled to stay in school because her family is very poor. She lost her father several years ago. Her mother sells a few spices to support Maria and her brother. Her sponsorship of bus fare and meals will allow her to complete her two-month required practicals which will complete her first year of study.
a quiet spoken, polite and ever-smiling young man. He did not complete high school but has dreams to be a tour guide so that he can support his future family. He has the perfect personality for it! His only hope of realizing his dream is through a sponsorship which will allow him to enroll in the Tourism Program at his local technical school. He will start in September.
an 11 year old who has focused and precise plans for his future. Because he takes his education so seriously, he has excelled to the point of foregoing an entire class. His hope is to complete high school and technical school for mechanics.
Every plate achieves that elusive, cuisine-defining balance of
American and Belizean flavors that are sure to please
Sowing Seeds in Belize has committed to provide the Toledo District in Southern Belize with a hand up--a means to help the children, the young adults and the families to achieve better nutrition, better health, and a more effective means of education.
We will be bringing this promise to fruition through training and teaching, and through the materials needed to make it happen. Remember, Belize is a developing country (3rd world nation), which among other things means that they have very limited production capability, they have limited transportation, and they rely heavily on expensive imports.
We have partnered with The Word at Work to facilitate this project--they have been shipping containers for the past 15 years and have all the needed permits and connections to facilitate easy entry into the port of Belize. Through a targeted collection, we can save thousands of dollars and provide many families and communities a means to a better future.
If you are willing to partner with us, please click on Lend a Hand, fill out the online form, and we will be in touch!
This project will happen in 4 phases;
1. Locate a sea worthy container, and have it delivered to Faith United Methodist Church in Bellfonte, PA.
2. Recruit local churches, organizations, and individuals to help fill the container with very specific items.
3. Ship the container to the Port of Belize and have it transported to Jacintaville, Belize where we will begin distribution.
To bring this project to fruition, we will need to raise $10,000, and recruit many hands to collect, to sort, to package, and to load the container, please consider being part of this project!
1 young lady whispered in Cindy's ear that she wanted to learn how to grow vegetables...and that started it all! Within 3 weeks, we had 10 families participating in our backyard training garden project for the communities of Pueblo Viejo and Santa Elena. We have already committed to facilitating several projects in the coming years. Each project will include soil preparation, fence building, seeding, weeding/cultivating, moisture/shade control, harvest, food preparation/preservation, and seed saving.
The average diet for the families in the communities we are working in consists of beans, rice, and corn, Many have no concept of how to incorporate vegetables into their diets--this project has the potential to increase the nutritional health of many families. The livestock is truly "free-range", fencing is the key to a strong harvest and healthy food for healthy families!
This was the beginning of something big, something that we can duplicate and grow throughout the district. We will begin to work with elementary schools, churches, and community leaders to begin to propagate this program and you can help! You can sponsor a garden project with a donation of $100.00! Your donation will buy fencing and seeds, the fencing keeps the chickens, the pigs, and the dogs out--helping keep the families healthy, and the seeds will be 100% certified organic and will literally sow into generations of crops as we will be teaching and training with multiple seed banks.