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Community Restore is a non-governmental organization in Corozal Town that supports the positive development of children through education and after-school programmes. The organization holds evening tutoring in which sixty students are enrolled.


On Monday afternoon the students gathered at the center to celebrate the closing of the after-school programme which coincides with the school year. For the organizers, there was also another reason to celebrate. They received gifts provided by a Florida, USA-based church organization, New Church Without Walls International, that provided school bags and a pair of new tennis for each child. Representative of Church Without Walls International, Lynn Boswell, a native of Corozal Town, was on-hand to deliver the gifts.


Screen_Shot_2019-06-25_at_8.00.51_PMLoraine Zuniga, Director, Community Restore


“The even we are having today is the closing off our after school program for the kids that have been coming to us after school since September last year. School closing this week so we decided to end our program today by giving out their school bags and tennis shoes then they’ll return the 15th of July where we have our two weeks’ summer program, the 15th of July to the 26th of July then we close and we start again in September.”


Lynn Robinson Boswell, Representative, New Church Without Walls International

 

“Loraine Zuniga is my classmate, my friend, my sister and we have been together since childhood and we have been childhood friends and I look for her many years coming to Corozal and never could find her and finally last year I found her and I was interested in what she was doing here and I got very excited and she brought me onboard and she allowed me to participate in the lives of the children make them better citizens for the future for Corozal.”


Loraine Zuniga, Director, Community Restore


“Before Mrs. Lynn had Mr. Ramon and Mrs. Yvonne Hernandez so they left about a year ago and Lin came sometime this year and she saw what we were doing and she was so enthused, she is from Corozal and she wants to ensure that our kids that come here be better citizens of Corozal, their behavior changes, they do well in school and overall they need to be productive citizens of Corozal.”

 

At Community Restore, the teaching and learning is also values-based. The students are taught about choosing right over wrong, and living a life with No Guns, No Drugs and No Crime.


Lynn Robinson Boswell, Representative, New Church Without Walls International

“I was most impressive by their attitude, their desire to be here and their desire to learn and its just how they are excelling in school, when they first came one of their mothers told me that their children they couldn’t read and they couldn’t write and since coming here they’ve been able not only to read and write but they passed to another grade and that’s get me excited to know that the children are excelling. Their mothers says no drugs, no guns and words are like seeds they are planted on the minds of children then they grow and they grown into trees they bear fruits and this is the fruit that its been borne that Ms. Loraine and their mothers that they recite everyday and that becomes a part of that so that somebody simply going somewhere enticing them to do something that they’re not suppose to do, that mother just come to their mind and it prevents them it actually stops them from committing a crime.”


Loraine Zuniga, Director, Community Restore


“We have seen vast changes in them, as I have said this particular student, Christopher August, when he came here he had a lot of anger you couldn’t say anything to him but he is quite different and his grades have improved and we got his report card to show his behavior and his grades have improved and his love is coming to restore and many other students, they have changed and their grades have improved so we working with their behavior we working with their reading problem and we also have Mrs. Adela coming to teach them reading after Mrs. Yvonne left we have Mrs. Adela come at times once a week and work with our literacy program because we also encourage them to read rather than being on a tablet and we started a game night for them we have a lot of games that Ms. Lyn brought for us for the kids to learn and so we will also be entertaining positive youth night for kids to come in and play games rather than consuming alcohol or drugs so we will be starting that come September.”

 

As part of the ceremony, parents and students also gave testimonies on the positive impacts they have witnessed in their children as a result of the program.


Community Restore will carry out a summer programme in July. The organization welcomes volunteers and donations that will assist their initiatives.

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