Screen_Shot_2014-05-06_at_7.43.21_PMMuffles High School is much closer to achieving their dream of constructing their much needed auditorium. Today, during a short assembly at the school grounds, Chairman of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association Committee of Management, Alfredo Ortega, handed over a cheque of one thousand dollars to the Principal of the highs school Margie Johnston. The donation was made under the BSCFA / Fair Trade Educational Program.

Alfredo Ortega - Chair Man BSCFA

“It’s a program that the farmers throughout the social program that they had approved when we had the meeting for the Orange Walk branch in which they approved for the different schools and at this time it was four schools and one charity group that were approved for this program and the farmers set aside five thousand dollars and it was divided equally so each school will be getting a thousand dollars and today it is Muffles Highs School that will be getting a thousand dollars for the auditorium program that they have.”

Victor Castillo – Reporter

“Tell about your program, you are saying it is a fair trade program but what is the program named and what is the aim of the program?”

Alfredo Ortega - Chair Man BSCFA

“Well, the aim of the program is for community development and infrastructure development also and in this regards it is help for the schools for them to develop in any development that they would have it could be in feeding program or in the development for a classroom or like in this case in Muffles they had in their pipe line their Auditorium that they are building.  The Orange Walk branch has help them and this is the third time that the Orange Walk branch is helping them towards the same program and they had already started the building of that auditorium and now the branch is helping them with a thousand dollars at this time.”

MHS needs a little over half a million dollars to complete the auditorium. So far the committee has raised a quarter of the money needed within a period of six months. But more financial assistance is needed.

Margie Johnston – Principal

“The contribution that the community of Orange Walk has been doing towards our fundraising project has been really tremendous and it is persons who are interested in seeing the development of the school that really contribute and assist like we saw today and again the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association making another contribution to Muffles and we are grateful for that contribution and bring our total contribution effort to $203,000.00 we just started to raise funds in November and so it speaks well of the Orange Walk community and it really speaks well also of the fundraising committee and these members are graduated of the school from the 60’s  they have the time and they have invested their energy in making sure that the Auditorium project that we have in mind we are going to be seeing the completion pretty soon.”

According to Ortega, apart from Muffles High School; Muffles Junior College, Bishop Martin High School and La Inmaculada RC School will also be receiving assistance. Donations are awarded based on applications, according to Ortega.

Alfredo Ortega - Chair Man BSCFA

“They were the ones that applied and when we had our initial meeting these were the five groups that had applied and the farmers decided to put aside five thousand dollars out of the budget of the branch and they decided to ok we will help these different groups with a thousand dollars each, years before it was more, well farmers decided to help all school that were in the Orange Walk branch and we had in the vicinity of 11 to 13 schools within the Orange Walk Branch but this time the farmers decided for four schools and one charity group so it depends on how farmers look forward in approving for the different programs that they see it helpful for the community and the students at large.”


When completed the auditorium should be able to accommodate over a thousand persons. The committee is presently on its final phase of selecting a contractor.

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