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Oct 7, 2021

CFAL Issues Scholarships to Primary & High School Students

Today the Child First and Last Organization, better known as CFAL, awarded scholarships for primary and high schools in Belize and Cayo Districts. Twelve primary schoolers from Calvary Temple and Salvation Army Primary Schools were lucky recipients. Four high school scholarships were also awarded. The scholarships were made possible through partnership with Belize Electricity Limited and donors from Belize and overseas. A brief ceremony was held this morning at the Radisson and News Five was there.


Paul Lecky

Paul Lecky, President, CFAL

“We have been fortunate, we have people who have supported us. For example, B.E.L. is sponsoring two of the scholarships we are offering today and this is done through the Ariel Rosado Foundation. Janet Don’t Cry Scholarship and the Debbie Gillett Scholarship. So there will be four scholarships for high school this morning.”


Sheena Garnett

Sheena Garnett, Senior Corporate Communications Officer, B.E.L.

“As a company, this support is directly in line with our mission as well as our commitment to national development and providing support and caring for the communities we serve across Belize. So we actively seek opportunities across several sectors including the education sector and of course our support to CFAL. It is one scholarship organization that is among several that we at B.E.L. have provided support to.”


Rudolph Marin

Rudolph Marin, Teacher, Calvary Temple School

“It means a lot for them because it gives them an opportunity to further their education and expand their horizons. In this pandemic time, it’s very important that we know that we are stepping in a very tangible situation and that we need to be well-supported, especially financially. We have a selection process that we consider and everybody does a vote and then we interview the parents and the students and then they are selected.”


Carol Martin, Principal, Salvation Army Primary School

“This is very timely. I love the slogan, Child First and Last and I believe that at this time where parents are out of jobs and they have been coming into the office to find out about their school fees. But we know that they are not able to provide financially the fees for their children. So this is a very timely donation to the children who will benefit from this.”


Duane Moody

“How will the eight children be chosen?”


Carol Martin

“The children were chosen already. We looked at their financial background. The teachers know the children very well so they know who are the ones who will be benefiting from this financial assistance from CFAL.”

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