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Screen_Shot_2014-03-21_at_7.55.02_PMAt least twelve schools in northern Belize are benefiting from the Resource Centers International Project coordinated and implemented by the Rotary District in Ohio, USA. The team is once again in Belize conducting deliveries to schools in Orange Walk and Corozal Districts. The idea was born six years ago when Project Coordinator Mel Honig approached educators in the University of Belize with the proposal. With the assistance of Rotary Clubs in the Country and several educators, the group has been able to reach many schools. The donations include books and electronic items that are collected in the US.

Mel Honig – Project Coordinator

“We collect them in the United States most of them are given to us as donations; the computers, the books, the video tapes, some things we have to buy but that is usually a small portion of what we send down here and then we ship it via a container in Belize city and we get everything duty free through the ministry of education and then we bring it to a place for it store temporarily and the schools pick up everything that we wend and distributed.”

The team also brings computer and education experts on their trips to Belize to ensure that the resources centers are adequately installed. One school that has benefited from the project is the Compassion Primary School in Yo Creek Village. Principal Manuel Rejon says they are grateful for the donation.

Manuel Rejon – Principal

“This donation is a blessing to our school since it will definitely help the students with reading material and when it comes to the computer well our students have not had that privilege to be exposed to the use of computer so definitely this will assist the students especially the upper students when they go to high school they will definitely need to have some basic background on computers and this will be something benefitical to them.”

Dalila Ical – Reporter

“So that means you guy are going to be incorporating more computer lessons in your curriculum?”

Manuel Rejon – Principal

“Well, that is what we intent to do to give classes to upper and middle division students later on.”

Mel Honig – Project Coordinator

“We do this because we love Belize and we think it is a great country and a lot of people are very passionate about education here and we realize that a future of a country relies in getting an educated population.”

The team assists at least twelve schools on every mission. The ultimate goal of the project is to encourage and enhance community participation in children’s education and while they have done much good, Hogin says there is always more that can be achieved.

Mel Honig – Project Coordinator

“Good in that we can reach more children this way and good I that also in that what we give is better used and bad in that once again we don’t get as much community participation in the project as we would like to have.”


The team will be leaving the country tomorrow.

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