The villages where we work in Belize are populated by men and women who are often the survivors of a civil war in their home country be it Guatemala, El Salvador or other countries in the area. As such, they come from limited opportunities and they are caught in a cycle of poverty – the grandparents are poor, so the parents are poor, so the children are poor. We believe that education can have an impact on that. And specifically an education that provides hope.
So that's why our mission is to provide educational opportunities that integrate faith with learning.
The faith component gives a student a sense of purpose, a sense of who they are and why life is important. And that provides a sense of hope, a hope for the future. The academic training provides the skills and the tools that they need to excel in life and it also opens up all kinds of new opportunities. It's not only about getting a better job, it is also about being able to understand and see the world around them in a different way as they connect with people from other communities and even other parts of the world.