Building a Better Belize
Help us reach our goal- and help us continue our legacy of promoting sustainable development in Belize!
About our trip
We are a group of 10 UI students and 2 faculty members who want to assist in sustainable development in Belize. We are partnering with entrepreneurs and educators in San Pedro Columbia, Belize and San Miguel, Belize. This is the seventh year a faculty-led team from UI has gone to Belize, and each year the partners are different. So far, we have worked with 21 different businesses to improve their livelihood through entrepreneurial action, and this year we have plans to work with three small businesses and one primary school.
Why we need your help
The costs for international travel continue to rise, making trips like this inaccessible for most students. Your donation will go directly to help offset the costs of the flights, the housing, meals, and ground transportation.
The San Pedro Columbia School has a garden project we currently working on that teaches students how to grow your own food.
Iowa Students working with the school will be able to do 1 to 1 tutoring on reading, math and other subject recommended by teachers.
Maria and Thomas Ack are the owners of hummingbird cool spot. They opened this family owned business 1 year ago and are serving lunches ,dinners ,snacks and alcoholic beverages.
Emmeth Young is a master creole drummer who shares his passion for traditional Creole drumming to tourist and his community. His philanthropy is “Drums not Guns” where he teaches young people traditional drumming and the history and culture of the Creole people, while reducing violence. Emmeth was a business partner in 2013 as we helped him fulfill his dream of opening a drum school.
Junajpu Cholcolate is a family run business. Martin Ack works at a local NGO as a tour guide (he even won tour guide of the eyar!), but has started Junajpu where he opens his home to guests and teaches traditional chocolate making with his wife Andrea and daughter Amira.
Sarah Pau is a tailor who makes clothes for special occasions. She also helps with decorations, hair and makeup for village celebrations.
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