It’s a Rice Harvest for the Kids!

vlcsnap-2014-06-27-17h54m41s32Harvest for kids has become one of the largest summer camp programs in the country.

To sponsor the large event the organizers embark on a harvest program hence the name Harvest for kids. Last year the Belize Camping Experience, BCE, after a good corn harvest, reached approximately 2,000 children country wide.

This year, instead of corn, BCE harvested RICE. On Wednesday June 25th children from Belize City and Orange Walk, Coordinators of the event and Farmers of Blue Creek gathered in Blue Creek, Orange Walk to harvest 20 acres of rice.

BCE Camp Director Jose Gongora dropped by our studios yesterday afternoon and told us more

vlcsnap-2014-06-27-17h51m14s202Josie Gongora- BCE Camp Director

“Yesterday, we had an amazing rice harvest.  We had been praying for good weather for our sun, and it was good.  We had so much sun; I got sun burnt; most of the kids got sun burnt as well, but what’s amazing is that were able to take children from the city and also from Orange Walk and take them to Blue Creek to see the rice harvest”.

One of those kids is 12 year old, Geovanni Colon who has been a part of Harvest for kids for 3 consecutive years.

Reporter Emanuel Pech:  “What is the most important thing that you remember from this harvest?”

vlcsnap-2014-06-27-18h05m41s15Geovanni Colon:  “The most important thing that I remember from this harvest was all the farmers work hard to just get the 20 acres of rice to give to us”.

Reporter Emanuel Pech:  “Will you be also going to the camping space?”

Geovanni Colon:  “Yes, I will go with Mr. Alex.  So, it will be a good experience”.

Reporter Emanuel Pech:  “Why should other kids join?”

Geovanni Colon:  “All children should join because it will be a good thing to do; all children will have fun, be excited and they will learn what they sometimes don’t learn”.

BCE will also be having its first summer camp program in Orange Walk.

Reporter Emanuel Pech:  “What is coming now for Harvest for Kids?”

vlcsnap-2014-06-27-21h18m38s67Josie Gongora- BCE Camp Director:  “Right now?   Summer camps.  We are starting this Monday for a whole two months.  We are going intense and we are inviting all the children of the city to come and we are going to have the first camp in Orange Walk as well.  We have a courting for people who have given their time for tow months.  They came from Blue Creek, Shipyard and from the city and they go there to give their entire time to the children of Belize.  There, we teach them valuable lessons like humility, respect and endurance, etc. which is stuff that children can learn and take back home, to help them become better citizens”.

According to program director of Harvest for Kids, Alexander Perez, the goal for this year’s harvest is to reach a profit of approximately $40,000 which will go towards funding next year’s program.

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