The US Naval Hospital Ship, USNS COMFORT arrived in Belize late last week and has begun working in different communities providing outpatient medical, dental and preventative medicine and health education services. The team is focusing primarily in the Hattieville and Independence areas but this afternoon, they reached out to the community of San Victor Village in the Corozal District to provide a small assistance to the students in the village.
Dalila Ical – Reporting
The school received the pleasant surprise last week that the children were to receive a generous donation from members of the US Armed Forces.
That donation was handed personally to each child enrolled at the school, all 192 of them. Eighteen preschoolers were also given a gift.
School Principal Ramiro Castillo says that students are yet to receive some foot wear that he indicated were a necessity at the school.
“The cargo of shoes for every student from preschool to standard six it will not come according to them but they brought the stuff that you saw this afternoon and they left some for us to continue distributing for those in need.”
Dalila Ical – Reporter
“So, this is a really big help for the students and the school itself?”
“Yes it is a big help but as I said before the students have received but I am talking about four years ago, and all of sudden it stopped.”
Principal Castillo says they have been receiving much needed assistance from friends in the US, but this is the first time that the US Army has been to the school.
“This is the first time however that we are establishing a friendly relationship with the US army and it is my hope as the principal that I will be able to lobby with them for things that we need for the development of the school.”
The students each received some stationary, a hygiene kit, and bag.
The USNS COMFORT will be in Belize until the eighteenth of April and have partnered with the Ministries of Health and Education, the Belize Defense Force and the Belize Coast Guard. They are providing medical, dental and veterinary care, and engineering support to local populations. The USNS will also be visiting other ports in Central and South America and the Caribbean later this year.
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