Letters from Belize Scholarship Students

The following are letters from the Belize high school scholarship students that were recently sent to Rebecca Butler and the Belize Team.

July 4, 2018

Dear Ms. Rebecca,

My name is Jenniah Tillett.  I am thirteen years old.  I live with my grandmother and grandfather who are my guardians.  I started to live with my grandparents because of my mom’s death last year.  I use to live in Stann Creek district with my mother and my three brothers and three sisters.  When she died, we all had to be separated from each other.  Two of my brothers went to live with my grandparents from my mom’s side, and my two brother’s and I went to live with an aunt.  We had a hard time living there because my aunt already had three daughters and only my uncle was working.  What he made was not enough to take care of the whole family so my aunt called my grandma and asked her if she could take us in.  She agreed so we packed up our things and moved to Georgeville Village where I began attending school at Saint Hilda’s Anglican School. 

I received the highest score on the National Primary School Examination here at Saint Hilda’s Anglican.  I worked really hard and made sure that I did the right things that I know my mom would want me to do. Receiving this scholarship is the greatest gift of my life.  Life has always been hard and this scholarship is my only opportunity to attend high school.  My two older brothers didn’t get the chance.  They graduated from primary school and are at home because we can’t afford high school fees.  I am grateful to your church for this blessing and I will work extra hard to make you proud as well as my mom in heaven. 

I have been accepted at Eden High School where I will work the hardest I can.  Please write back.  I will be waiting on to hear about you.

Sincerely Yours,

Jenniah Tillett


July 4, 2018

Dear Ms. Rebecca,

Hope you are doing well.  I am writing this letter to share with you some fun things I did for this school year.  My school year has been fun and I learnt so many things and did so many wonderful activities.  My greatest challenge was in math when we learned about angles.  I stayed back for many extra hours practicing angles so I could become good at identifying and calculating them. Another challenge came in my sewing class where we were asked from time to time to bring in materials.  At times my parents couldn’t afford the materials because for us, even an extra $20 is too much.  I managed to pass however and I’m so thankful to my parents who have struggled through and supported me, alone with your help and prayers, to finish off my first year of high school. 

 I am grateful for your help because you are giving me the opportunity to have an education and be someone great one day.  That’s the reason I am working extra hard at everything because I don’t want to waste the opportunity.

For this summer I am planning on visiting a few family members as well as studying and preparing for the new school year.  I am challenging myself to work hard so that I can maintain an A and get exempted from all exams next year (at Eden we don’t need to take exams if we are passing with an A).  Education has made my life better because I am learning things I thought I would never learn. 

I did not make many friends mainly because I like to stick to myself but yes, I made approximately four new friends.  I wish for the best for you and may God continue to shower you and your church with blessings in a wonderful way. 

Best Wishes,

Jocelyn Herrera


July 4,2018

Dear Ms. Rebecca,

I received your letter that made me aware that you are Ms. Bev’s replacement so let me start off by saying “Hello!!”.   Although I will surely miss Ms. Bev, I am sure that it will be a delight working with you.  Hoping that you are doing okay.  I know we met on your visit back in January but I still want to formally introduce myself.  My name is Anique Ashanti Hernandez and I am 15 years old.  I am now a senior at Sacred Heart College.  I am probably the youngest senior at SHC.  I have enjoyed the last three years of high school, making it on the honor roll for five out of the six semesters, competing in elocution contests, playing softball and of course cheering.  Cheering is my favorite thing to do.  I enjoy it because I get to go to different places and motivate the players with our loud voices and contagious school spirit.  In cheer, we get to bring the school spirit every where we go. 

The last three years have flown by and I have loved every minute of it with my teachers and friends.  This years that just passed however wasn’t my best.  My first semester was fairly ok.  I achieve a little less than normal but was still on honor roll.  My second semester however, was HORRIBLE!!  I truly want to apologize for that. I feel devastated, sad and every other depressing word that you can think of.  I disappointed everyone.  I really don’t understand the steep drop in my grades because I feel as if I was doing great with my school work and the results were shocking.  You will note this on my report card.  My teachers hadn’t returned my papers for me to prove that I wasn’t doing so bad.  I am SO disappointed in myself because although I did not fail, I didn’t do my very best and got serious disciplinary actions from my mom.  Please pray for me.   I am so sorry.  I will consider this a minor setback however and I promise to go back to my norm during my last year at SHC. 

I will be awaiting word from you.  Thank you for all your kindness and please give the church my sincere apology.  I will not let you down ever again. 

Love Always,

Anique Hernandez



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