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Aug 6, 2015

Harvest for Kids Holds Camp in Belize City

Over the past few years we have shared many stories on the projects of the Belize Camping Experience. It’s a N.G.O. that has been supporting camps with children primarily in Belize City, but they have spread their wings and reached out children in other parts of the country. Now, this camp relies heavily on the support from business community and the public, and one way is through their partnership, Harvest for Kids initiative, with Circle R Rice from Orange Walk District.  Andrea Polanco caught up with the happy campers in the city on Wednesday to learn more about what they have been doing and how you can help in their mission.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Today, the Belize Camping Experience is in the south side of Belize City. The educational and fun camp has been running for six weeks. Organizers say that it’s to empower young people to build a better city.

 

Josee Gongora

Josee Gongora, Camp Director, Belize Camping Experience

“Our theme is shine. We all have a light inside of us and we can let it shine and we can let it be the light of Belize. Our vision is to see Belize change Belize. If you look around there is different cultures here. What we have here is different youths across the country coming together to change Belize, especially Belize City. Where we see that there is a lot of need. Coming to this city, not only myself but different people, I speak to people from different place and they come to a place where people don’t want to come. I see that there is hope in Belize City. We have walked across the streets of Belize City giving food to the homeless. We have walked on the London bridges where these kids come from, underprivileged, poor you could say. But they know God and when we see them, we see hope and we see that there can be a change for Belize.”

 

And the children believe so as well. From seniors in the camp to juniors, the children say this camp has touched their lives.

 

Kimberly Conserve

Kimberly Conserve, Peer Leader

“I am a part of this camp so that I could change Belize because I am a Belizean. I want to change Belize. I want to see a difference being made and this whole camp is just to show that being a Christian is not boring at all.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What kind of change would you like to see, as a young person, in Belize?”

 

Kimberly Conserve

“I would like to see more young kids going out to do stuff for God, not being afraid to do anything and not being afraid of what their friends think and just go out there and do stuff for God.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Talk to us about your experience this summer?”

 

Kimberly Conserve

“My experience has been so amazing because last year I was a counselor and a couple years back I was a camper and just being here as a core team member is just awesome to just have a step up and just being that closer to putting my all in for God.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“How would you say the camp has been impacting your life?”

 

Kimberly Conserve

“For me, I feel like God has been stretching me out in many ways, getting me out of my comfort zone and doing things I would never do. Just doing it, doing stuff I would never do just helps me to be better.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What have you liked so far?”

 

Suri Colon

Suri Colon, Camper

“The games.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What kind of games?”

 

Suri Colon

“Water games.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Why you like the water games?”

 

Suri Colon

“Because it is fun.”

 

Kiaha Moh

Kiaha Moh, Camper

“I am a part of this camp because I want to know how I could shine for Jesus and I want to know more about God and how he died on the cross for me and things like that.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Now this isn’t your first time at the camp, why did you decide to return this year?”

 

Kiaha Moh

“Because last year I made a promise that I would come back and come back and come back. Every time I come it is just so exciting and they play lots of games and stuff like that.”

 

And if you want help children like Kaiha and Suri to attend camp, all you need to do is to purchase a parcel of Circle ‘R’ Rice.

 

Kevin Thiessen

Kevin Thiessen, Asst. Camp Director

“You have a bag of rice here and you can see the rice right? This bag, at the end of the camp, we give every child a bag to take home. Now, this rice, a farmer had to wake up early in the morning and prepare the soil. You had to wake up early in the morning and plant the seed right? Then he had to work some crazy hours and make sure the seed grew and he had trust God so that the seed grew. What they do at camp is that they donate this rice so that we can give it to the kids. This rice, we would love to see everybody buy this because what happened is that you see the kids getting wet and having fun. Every time a bag of rice is sold one cent is donated to Belize Camping Experience, so that more kids can come to camp for free. So, I encourage all you guys to buy this rice because it gives the kids the opportunity to for kids to come and have fun with Jesus Christ.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.

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