Help International is in Belize conducting outreach work. The visiting team consists of a group of students from Toronto District High School, who raised funds in their city for the beautification of selected areas in the country. One of those areas is the St. Andrews Anglican School in Cayo. Kyle Neuberger is the Country Director of Help International.
Kyle Nueberger – Country Director Help International:
We’re all from the United States. Myself and Christina right here are the Country Directors for Help International. We’re just a group of people who know that a lot of non-profit already exist. So we have to support them in the activities they do. We know there’s already a school system in place. There’s already people like Cornerstone who are helping women learn different skills. We’re just here to support them, and make sure all those non-profits and schools have what they need, and have the energy and resources to do what they need to achieve.
Actually, we’ve been helping Saint Andrew’s paint the back wall and the stairs to the Library, as well as clean it up and make sure it looks good for the kids.
Bernard McLauren – Volunteer:
Today we di mark it and we di paint it down, the same school uniform colours. The colours that the school use, hat’s the colours we di use upon the court.
This court gonna run us about 5 gallons of paint, by the time we finish it.
We mark the volleyball [lines], ’cause it’s not only used for basketball, we use it for volleyball as well.
I coach basketball, and i love basketball, and the principle asked if I could come and help them out [on] the court, and i volunteered.
I want to stay in sports, and keep playing sports. Sports keeps you healthy, and make you stay out of trouble.
Christina Vasquez – Teacher at Saint Andrews:
Our children are very excited. They are here very early, and they always come to the office, “Miss Neal, could we please borrow a basketball?” Mrs Neal gives them the ball, and they practice during their break, their Lunch Break. They’re all out there in the evenings as well. Especially now that they will be competing in Volleyball Tournaments, you will find our children out there.
We also heard from students who were quite excited about their newly renovated court yard.
Cheyenne Brooks – Student at Saint Andrews:
I want to thank all the people that came to build it. We want to thank them because we play upon the grass or the dirt. So I want to thank them for building this so we can play.
Daniel Martinez – Student at Saint Andrews:
Well, I feel good about it. We use the basketball court for many things, like playing volleyball. Some of us use it for playing football. We use little sticks [for goalposts]. Some use it for basketball.
Well, I want them to keep it clean, and use it good.
Following this project, the group visited the Cornerstone Foundation, where they taught the English language, computer skills and prepared meals for students.