City Children experience farming and eating fresh corn

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“What you reap is what you sow” is just one the life lessons the Harvest for Kids program seeks to teach young children. The program was birthed out of The Belize Camping Experience, which operates in Belize City. BCE is an organization whose mission is to restore Belize with the love of Christ by discipling children through camps and follow-up activities. Running these initiatives though is quite costly – hence Harvest for Kids was formed. Here’s Director, Alexander Perez with more.

Alexander Perez – Director Harvest For Kids:

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How Harvest For Kids came about is that BCE is an NGO organization, so we’ve got to raise out finances through fund-raising.  We used to sell barbeque, cup cakes. We found out that these sales take a lot of work, but we saw that there was a bigger need in the city.  We were reaching a hundred kids, but we saw there were thousands of kids that need to be reached, especially in the violent communities of Belize City.  So that’s where we took Harvest For Kids.  It’s a very big project.  We cannot do it.  We’re not farmers, but we challenged the farmers, and they responded.  Why they responded is because they saw that they can actually shake hands with the community, to plant fields that will generate funds, so that we can do the Kids’ Camp [during] Summer.  One of the biggest tasks for BCE is to make sure that we do follow-up with these kids, because we  know that camps are just a time for the kids to have fun.  But if we truly want to impact the kids, we’ve got to do the follow-ups.  That means that through the funds of BCE we can go and get in touch with those kids every week, through the schools or through clubs.  Then we stay in touch in the communities that are very high-risk in violence.  So we come and bring small messages, messages of hope.

This past Friday, the group relished in the fruits of labor at their farming site in the Banana Bank area.

Alexander Perez – Director Harvest For Kids:

vlcsnap-2013-08-27-11h44m28s215vlcsnap-2013-08-27-11h44m15s59vlcsnap-2013-08-27-11h44m21s145There was a special activity today, where we again brought the kids into the field, and the farmer brought this big pot where we got to get the corn into the pot, and the kids got to see ‘you plant now you eat.’  What we experienced today was that the kids were able to eat some of the fresh corn from the plant, and experiencing what it is to eat fresh from the food that you have planted.  We brought kids from different areas of Belize City where camps run, so that they can experience what it is that Harvest For Kids is doing.  We had nine camps where a thousand kids got reached.  Now they can understand where those funds came from.  So this was a way for them to see the bigger picture of how these camps get across, and for them to have that experience of eating fresh corn.    

The children were just as excited about the day’s affair.

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I know that being a farmer is not easy.  I know what they are doing for us.  That is very generous.  I want to tell them ‘Thank you.’  All their work is not going down the drain. I can assure them that most of the kids that went to the camp learned something, and that we really appreciate it. 

vlcsnap-2013-08-27-13h31m18s86vlcsnap-2013-08-27-12h06m49s64vlcsnap-2013-08-27-12h07m43s56Ceasar Arenivar – Participant:

What I like about it is the camps that they do [during] Summer. I learn about other people, God, and about Harvest.

 

vlcsnap-2013-08-27-13h33m28s27vlcsnap-2013-08-27-12h09m00s83vlcsnap-2013-08-27-12h09m18s131Jinelli Rodreiguez – Participant:

We went to the corn field.  We ate corn.  That’s the best part people love.  And we harvested corn.  My favourite part was eating corn.

 

While the farming land and much of the material are donated to Harvest for Kids, there is still some assistance needed. And to raise public awareness, the group is inviting you to come out to their next harvest.

Alexander Perez – Director Harvest For Kids:

vlcsnap-2013-08-27-11h44m48s154One of the things with the harvest is that the farmers are giving us their land, their machines, their labour.  For us to accomplish the harvest we need to cover the seed with fertilizer, the chemicals and the gas, and anything that takes the expense.  So at the end, if we cover all the expense that means that we have a full harvest.   One of the ways that we want to get people involved is that  farmers and us, we’re dreaming together to do another harvest event, which would be on October 12th.  So we want to see more children on that day of the harvest but more combines.  So we’re dreaming to have at least 15 to 30 combines.  That’s our goal, to have more combines and to over more acres of corn.  On the day of the harvest, come ready.  You will see some very heavy machines that they use in farming.  Also come ready to eat some boiled corn on the field. It’s going to be fantastic to see our city kids, and the whole country of Belize, to see that there is a harvest in the country of Belize, to take an opportunity to get involved, especially if it’s for our kids. I’m very excited for this harvest that is coming . 

We’ll bring you more details of the event at a later date. In the meantime, you can also contact Harvest for Kids at 621-5541 or at  belizecampingexperience@gmail.com.

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