The Cathedral's Belize mission team has been in touch with Ms. Jane Martinez, principal of St. Hilda's Anglican School. Please keep the teachers and students of St. Hilda's, and the people of Belize in your prayers!
Ms. Martinez writes:
Good evening Kelley:
You all have been on my mind as well. Things have been hectic here because they will close the schools on Friday. We have been preparing supplementary information for children to take home to ensure that the educational process is not badly disrupted. From reports that we have been getting, there has not been any confirmed case here as yet but we are taking precautions. Since Monday, we have only had half of our population. Each day the attendances is lower. We have been educating our students and parents this entire week about safety precautions.
It is a sad time for us here also because our crime rate has escalated especially in Belize City. This week alone two young children were shot to death. Altogether in 48 hours we have had about 14 deadly shootings. Most of the victims were innocent bystanders. The children were shot at home in their sleep. Someone just decided to take revenge and shot at the house. Unfortunately, children were also casualties.
We need to pray for each other and keep our focus on God in these troubled times.
Thank you so much for your concern. I will pass on the information to the staff. Please stay safe.
St. Hilda's Anglican Church, in the school, has also temporarily suspended its Sunday services due to guidance from the government, but Father David Alenskis has been sharing videos of morning and evening prayer on the church's Facebook page. Please feel free to join the congregation at St. Hilda's in worship.