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Sep 1, 2011

Fabers Road Youths give free back to school haircuts, braiding and supplies

The Bak to Skool trimming program was started last year by two enterprising young men who wanted to do something positive in their community. It was an immediate hit among young students who needed a free haircut in time for the school year.  The program is going beyond young boys this year; young girls are also getting stylish haircuts or braids at the right price… free. News Five’s Jose Sanchez reports.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

The back to school annual haircut drive is being held by Faber’s Road residents who want to promote a better social lifestyle within their community. The second yearly event is organized by Brian Dena and Edmond Staine.

Edmond Staine, Organizer, Bak to Skool Trimming Drive

Edmond Staine

“This year we tried to do it kinda a little different; tried to include more people. It is definitely a community event. Everybody comes to us and say when are you guys going to do the trimming drive? And that is why Brian and I and the rest of the guys come together and try to find ways to do it. The first kids we try to cater for is the kids from the Dorothy Menzies Children’s Home because these are to us the kids that are most in need and then from there we stem out to wider community; the Jane Usher Boulevard Area and the St. Martin Deporres Area and give them a haircut.”

Elihue Coleman

Elihue Coleman, Getting a Haircut

“Good. Feel nice and good. And it is something the community should support.”

Jose Sanchez
“And how you feel about your new haircut?”

Elihue Coleman

“Nice; it feel good and just feel nice.”

Jose Sanchez

“Omarion what do you think about your haircut?

Omarion Velasquez, Getting a Haircut

Omarion Velasquez


Jose Sanchez

“And what you think about Brian and all the guys giving the free haircut?”

Omarion Velasquez


Jose Sanchez

“And you recommend other people support this back-to-school program; this free program?”

Omarion Velasquez

“Yes sir.”

Ada Toro, a cosmetologist who was Made in Pink’s Alley like the Grandmaster poem, is happy to offer her services free to girls.

Ada Toro, Cosmetologist

“We want people to be involved and we accept people weh want volunteer and help. I’m not rich, but I di do this from my heart and my friend, Staine di do it from ih heart along with the rest of the people dehn from Faber’s Road. I come way from Pinks Alley known as Majestic Alley come help out because you do have good people ina di ghetto neighborhood. And lotta things di happen right now that you just want to be positive and that dah the road weh I want head. So, I feel good to give back.”

Cecilia Nunez, Getting Hair Braided

Cecilia Nunez

“I think they di do something good because some parents noh know how to plat dehn pikney hair and some ah them noh know. I feel good fi get my hair done because I like what they do to me hair.”

Marie Jacob

“Dehn do a good job for the boys, the girls are getting braiding and I think people should continue supporting this program.”

Kaya Humes

Kaya Humes, Getting hair braided

“I am getting ready to get my hair done so I could go to school so I could look pretty.”

Jose Sanchez

“So you wah get your hair braided? You done pick out your braids already?”

Kaya Humes

“No sir they gone buy it and this dah my beads.”

Jose Sanchez

“Weh school you go to?”

Kaya Humes

“Calvary temple.”

Ada Toro

“He decided to have girls involved to get their hair washed, braided and flat-ironed etc. And we have kids from the children home come over we decided to take care of them and help them out with that part. They are happy, excited and they are asking if we are going to do it again. This year, we didn’t do perm. We just did flat iron and braiding and stuff so next year we wanna do perm and stuff, but we need support from outsiders, the government, business places and stuff like that, and as long as we get that support, we wah could do it every year and it wah get better and better.”

Edmond Staine

“This year we got the adequate support that we needed; we got help from Mister Michael Theus, we got help from Mister Hutchandani, we got help from Atlantic Insurance, we got help from the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Western Union. And then we got help from the wider community; we have the Mangars, we have Miss Dar, we have Misses Grace that allows us to use here place, we have Tony’s Groceries that comes big for us every time and give the kids some snacks. I just want to say thank you to all those persons that came out to us and make this drive a possibility.”

With the help of those donors they are able to give out some school supplies.

Edmond Staine

“We have some little stationeries that we try to give them. We don’t have much stationeries and we were trying to get—we didn’t get as much as we wanted—but we have a little that we will to give to them as well. So if anybody wants to drop by and give some more stationeries, they can drop by; we will definitely appreciate that sot ha the kids will have more stuff to go back to school. This is definitely a drive that we use to encourage the kids and give them a pat on their shoulders for all the hard work that they have done and try to encourage them to stay in school and do their best for the new school year that’s coming.”

This year’s drive is being held in memory of Maurice Usher, one of last year’s barber who recently died in a traffic accident. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

By the end of the day, Channel Five’s Brian Dena, who started the program, reported that fifty-two free haircuts and styles had been completed.

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7 Responses for “Fabers Road Youths give free back to school haircuts, braiding and supplies”

  1. BZNinCALI says:

    Brian & Edmond, thank you for reminding us that there are still very decent young men & women in the community. I am darn proud of all of you & ladies, while you’re at it, offer to teach the mothers who claim they do not know how to braid.

  2. latinBelizean says:

    this is such a wonderful thing these people are doing I hope they get more and more support from the community and businesses in and around the area to keep this going. It is so wonderful to see how much of our old lovely Belizean ways still live within our souls, to see such positive vibes coming out of the places that are more notoriously known for it’s violence than for it’s lovely caring side.


  3. f.castillo says:

    Very good positive news, tired of hearing aobut the crime. Proud that these people are trying to help the youths, to show them some them that Belize people are good spirited people. PLease continue doing good for the younger ones, show them the goodness of Life.

  4. f.castillo says:

    Very good positive news, tired of hearing about the crime. Proud that these people are trying to help the youths, to show them some them that Belize people are good spirited people. PLease continue doing good for the younger ones, show them the goodness of Life.

  5. Diane G says:

    So REFRESHING to read about positive news….we should cover more positive news everyday!

  6. Earl Grey says:

    WHAT about youth from KING’S PARK & BUTTON WOOD ……..DON’T THEY GIVE BACK TOO??????

  7. bigup says:

    big up BRAIN DEENA and the Crew

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