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Sep 2, 2005

Scholarships, other aid offered by Hand in Hand Ministries

Story PictureThere are a large number of young persons, especially children, who through no fault of their own have a difficult time meeting their basic needs. One organisation that has been assisting the disadvantaged is Hand In Hand Ministries, an international social services agency that only three years ago started its operations in Belize. Director of International Programme at the organisation, Mark Thessing, dropped by our studios to tell us what help is being extended to Belizean students and how other youths can assist them.

Mark Thessing, Director, International Programme
“Our mission is providing life essentials to the poorest of the poor in areas of health, housing, and education. Under the education component, we started a scholarship programme for not only high school students, but we also have a St. John’s Junior College student, as well as a University of Belize student. And we said the scholarship programme will not only help fund the student’s academic performance, but there’s a catch in the fact that we get the students to volunteer in projects that we are doing throughout the city. And so we get them to volunteer on some of the houses that we build, an outreach centre that we started as well, we get them involved in the projects that we have. So we really try to focus on not only their academic performance, but also the community aspect of getting involved in Belize City.

“We also opened a learning centre that’s going to be opened this Saturday if anybody would like to volunteer. The first three Saturdays of every month they actually they actually come to the learning centre for tutoring, we actually have computers set up and things like that. So it’s a really great programme that’s geared towards the student’s academic development. The last Saturday of every month is when they do the community service project. So it’s really a great programme where they can get behind their education, community likes it because they are actually giving back, and it’s not just focussed on giving them money and then you never see the students again. Hand in Hand is based upon relationships and so this is a programme that we’ve really seen grow and develop because we have twenty students right now.”

If you would like to find out how you can get help or assist the Hand in Hand Ministries, visit their offices at 144 North Front Street or give Mark Thessing a call at telephone number 227-6273.


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