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Belmopan Methodist High School Construction

Belmopan Methodist High School Construction

Advance #3021922

#3021922 - Constructing a high school to build youth leadership and congregational development

Annual Goal:$300,000.00
YTD Gifts:$85,832.11
Partner:The Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas, Belize/Honduras District Conference

Background/History

Belize is a small country in Central America of approximately 330,000 persons with roughly half of those persons being under the age of 19 years. A large portion of education in Belize is delivered through a partnership between the church and state and referred to as the "Church-State Relationship." Many youth in Belize are unable to attend school beyond the primary level, especially in the Cayo District, which includes the Belmopan area. Belmopan is the Capital of Belize which was moved from the Belize City area after major hurricane destruction from Hurricane Hattie in 1961. In 1970, the first phase of construction of the new city was completed. The population of the Belmopan area is growing and since the city is so new there is a deficit of high schools in this area of Belize. The construction of this new Methodist high school in Belmopan began in early 2011 and in September of 2013 four classrooms were completed for use. Lack of funding has been the primary reason that the project is not further along at this point. UMVIM teams from the USA have worked on the school, but it is a massive undertaking. Collecting funds through The Advance will allow the project to be completed sooner by supplying funding for materials as well as labor to employ Belizean nationals to work on the site along side and in between UMVIM teams coming to work and serve. As of the Fall of 2014 we have finished HALF of the total project, being the first and second floors of one side of the building. There is a great need to finish construction on four more classrooms by Fall of 2015. These will be located UPSTAIRS in the second building so this is quite an undertaking for less than 1 year. The last step in the process will be to finish the first floor of the second building which will be the administrative offices, library and technology center.

Goals & Objectives

The objective is to provide a high school for the youth of the Cayo District of Belize in which the capital city of Belmopan lies. The first intake of students accepted 96 students in the Fall of 2013. The Fall of 2014 we accepted 90+ more students for our second intake. The Fall of 2015 we will hope to intake 90+ more students and then in Fall of 2016 we will accept our fourth intake. The goal for 2015 is to build the first floor but not finish it, moving on up to the second floor to complete the classrooms. The final year in 2016 we will hope to finish the downstairs with administrative offices, library and technology center, The plan is for 90 +/- students to come in each year totaling 360 student at full capacity. Phase 1 consists of an L shape facility with 2 levels on each side. At the end of 2014, currently exactly half of the project is completed and we are laying foundation for the second half. This Advance proposal applies to finishing Phase 1.

Activities Plan

As construction is already underway we have a site, government approval, laborers, etc. but need money! The funding provided through The Advance will be used to purchase materials for construction and employ Belizeans to complete Phase 1 (with UMVIM teams coming in to work as they are available). This portion consists of 4 classrooms. Additionally, we are constructing a bathroom facility as a separate building adjacent to the main structure. The foundation is partially poured for the additional side of the "L" and we will hope to finish that portion for the next intake of students in Fall 2014 as well as adding 4 classrooms on the second floor of the existing building.


The foundation is partially poured for the additional side of the "L" and we will hope to finish that portion for the next intake of students in Fall 2014 as well as adding 4 classrooms on the second floor of the existing building.

Budget and Financial Information

Income

Advance Financial Goal
$300,000.00
$300,000.00

Expense

Construction, including worker's salaries and construction materials
$300,000.00
$300,000.00

Missionary Serving this Project

Lisa R. Williams DVM

Project Contact

Dr Lisa R. Williams DVM

Global Ministries Contact

Edgar Avitia
(212) 870-3828