Update from Belize high school scholarship student, Anique Hernandez (Grade 12)

Glad to hear all is well with you. I’m doing very well thank you for asking. I’m
happy you wrote to me so I can tell you that yes, I am enjoying my final year at
Sacred Heart. It has been a wonderful and adventurous experience. I’m sad to see it
come to an end, but at the same time I am very pleased. This year has been a wild
roller coaster ride for me. There were many ups and down in my school life this
final year but I stuck it out and tried the best I could. Lately I’ve been a little off on
my work, I guess 4 th form work is not as easy as I anticipated. I am working very
hard so I can have better grades. Aside from all the bad things that happened, I’m
still a happy little soul who tries to spread good cheer to everyone. My school has
recently created a youth group for people at school. I think it would be good for me
to be a part of such a wonderful group.

It is also with great pleasure to say my regular classes will end in a month or two
from now. I have many different finals to study for and complete in order to
graduate. There are my Diploma exams, ATLIB exams as well as the CXC
examinations. I am also still a member of the fabulous Cheer team only because
this year it’s a bit different from the usual thing, this year our group only perform
dances. We do many different types of dances for different occasions. We are
currently planning to raise funds for one of our teachers who had Cancer. We see it
as a great way to give back to the school. We also have great plans for graduation.

We plan to do a special dance on Parents night for our parents. It has been very
exciting to be able to work with such a superb group of young opened minded
individuals.

It would be so nice to meet your lovely church community. Hope you guys pray
for me, I need blessings and strength at this point in my life. I would gladly send
you a biography of me along with a picture as soon as I have some free time. I will
probably have this weekend free so I would be more than happy to send it for you.
I hope you guys keep doing well and have a year full of blessings and love

Your Friend
Anique

P.S I’m sorry that it’s not a lot, but I told you all the important stuff

Update from Belize high school scholarship student, Jocelyn Herrera (Grade 10)

So far I am doing good here and I hope that you all are doing great in New
Brunswick. This second year at Eden is excellent. I am enjoying it more than the
first. I am working really hard to achieve a grade of A in all five core subjects so
that I don’t have to take any exams. My goal for this year is to get A’s and I will
push myself to the limit to achieve this goal.
I did enjoy my summer and Christmas break. I was able to visit some family
members. I had a beautiful time with them. I felt blessed to be given the chance to
spend time with the people I love. Here in Belize we don’t get snow but we
experience cold fronts. We also get a lot of rain. Even when it rains I enjoy myself
because my siblings and I go outside and run up and down in the rain. We all have
great times.
You asked for a short bio of myself so here I go. I am an intelligent, respectful,
kind and loving young woman. My favourite subject is Social Studies. My
favourite activity is swimming. I love reading a book named “Chestnut Hill” (The
New Class). I love horses. My wish is to own a horse in the future. I speak three
languages which are Spanish, English and Creole.
I hope to hear from you soon and thank you for all the support you are giving me.
I really appreciate it and I will work hard to make you proud.

Best Wishes,
Jocelyn Herrera

Update from Belize high school scholarship student, Jenniah Tillett (Grade 9)

My name is Jenniah Tillett. I am 14 years old and I am in the class of 1Toucan at
Eden High School. At Eden I met up with a lot of friends. I have more than I
could ever ask for. Even in my village I have made new friend and I feel so
blessed to know that I have so many family, friends and church family wishing me
much success in my life. My favorite subject is English. I like to play sports and I
am so glad that my school offers me the opportunity to play. I especially enjoy
football and volleyball.
When I’m not in school I play with my friends and cousins. Of course, I try to
balance my time because I am working really hard to get good grades so that I can
keep my scholarship and make everyone proud of me. I really appreciate what you
are doing for me and I am extremely happy to be a part of your church family. I
will do my best in school. Once again, Thank you very much.

Respectfully Yours,
Jenniah Tillett

Health Fair at St. Hilda’s School in Belize

Greetings from sunny Bellize😊. Our dry season is starting so the days are really hot! I just wanted to send you an update of events at St. Hilda’s. Hopefully I can send you most of the pictures from our Health Fair. We had personnel from Ministry of Health doing displays and presentations. Each class also did presentations. It was very informative and enjoyable. I will also send some receipts for purchases made. We were able to install whiteboard in every class now. Yeah!! We continue to pray for you all that God will bless your ministry. Thank you all for partnering with St. Hilda’s. 
Blessings, 
Jane Martinez (Principal at St. Hilda’s School)

Children’s Day at St. Hilda’s School in Belize

The following is a letter sent to the Belize Mission Team by Jane Martinez, principal at St. Hilda’s School:

Hoping that all is well with you and yours. Just a few pics to share for our Children’s Day last Friday. We had a competitive but enjoyable time. Children were separated into four color groups. We played games and competed against each other. The Green group won. Please greet the church for us. I pray you have a wonderful holiday season.

Blessings, 
Jane 

 

The Hansens in Belize

A new family will be helping Father Alenskis for the next year in San Ignacio, Belize. This link has some photos of their rented home as well as some photos from St. Andrew’s church and the youth group going around town singing Christmas carols at people’s doors. You may find it funny to see everyone in T-shirts and shorts at Christmas!

Our New Home and Work Photos

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

 

 

Thank you from University of Belize Graduate, Amieka Myers

University of Belize scholarship student, Amieka Myers, will officially graduate on Saturday, June 16th. Our church has been sponsoring her since she finished Grade 8 (Standard 6) at St. Hilda’s School.  She has persevered despite many difficulties and has accomplished what has never been done before in her family.  They, as well as we here at Christ Church Cathedral, are very proud of her.

Hi Ms. Bev,

First of all, I want to extend a huge thank you to you and your church for the assistance with my graduation that’s coming up so soon.

I’m happy everything has worked out regarding the graduation. I will stop by at UB to see Mr. Palma and pick up the graduation regalia tomorrow morning.

I’m not sure who I’m going to invite but my mom is definitely a part of the invite list. I wish you were near to experience this moment with me; nonetheless, I know you will be here in spirit. I will send you some pictures so you can see what it looks like.

Once again, thank you and your church for all the kindness you guys bestowed upon me and my family throughout my educational journey. It is truly a blessing!!

Regards,
Amieka Myers