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May 14, 2015

Unicomer Donates to Salvation Army

Thousands of students are going to school without the basic supplies and food to carry them through classes. But all that is about to change for a group of forty Belize City based deserving students who received much needed assistance to enable them to continue their studies. Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Approximately one hundred and sixty-seven students are enrolled at the Salvation Army Primary School on Orange Street in Belize City and the reality is that many of them are from underprivileged families. Forty of those students have been selected to receive much needed help for the 2015 school year.


Major Pauline King, General Manager, Salvation Army Primary School

“Most of the students here are not able to pay their tuition and registration fee and lunch fees. Some of them need clothing, books etc. Each day, many of the students come without books, pencils, the basic supplies that are needed for the everyday use of the school. So Courts decided to come on board to assist in this area and so we were able to work with them, assist the children who are most needy in our school population and so we have arrived at these students. And so the parents were invited and so they are here today.  We have a very small school population, but most of our children…nevertheless, we are here on the south side and you know they always say the south side…and most of our children are really children in need and so we try to assist in whatever way we can and so with that we are thankful that courts came on board and others have come on board as well. And so we are just appreciative of what we can do to assist these parents and the children.”


Kovenka Rodriguez-James

The donation comes in the form of a cheque of thirty-five thousand three hundred dollars, which was handed over to the school’s management from Courts Belize. Unicomer’s Senior Marketing Officer, Kovenka Rodriguez James, says that it is part of the company’s education program.


Kovenka Rodriguez-James, Senior Marketing Officer, Unicomer

“We are definitely happy to give this donation away. As you know, Courts has an education program and we have twenty-five scholarships presently; five is graduating this year so we are happy to be sharing that. And it is no doubt that we are happy to be assisting Salvation Army, who has given so much to our community.”


Duane Moody

“How was this donation made possible?”


Kovenka Rodriguez-James

“It’s from our corporate social responsible. It is regional and our education program.”


General Manager of the school, Major Pauline King, spoke of how the students were chosen.


Major Pauline King

Major Pauline King

“We look at the students because we are here every day with them—we know them—and some of them we know their background and so forth. So we were able to select those children based on the needs. There are many more that we would have wanted to help, but I am sure that the Lord will provide some more. So we were able to select these children based on the needs. Each child, it is seven hundred and sixty-two dollars so that will take care of their lunch for the year, their tuition; we will buy uniform, we will buy their books, their socks, their shoes. All the supplies they will need…right down to their exam fees…everything that they will need to do. When we are having like a barbecue sale and they give a contribution of five dollars; that is also included so they won’t have to pay anything for an entire year.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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