We are excited to partner with Water Walkers International in Belize to empower families with proven solutions to end extreme poverty in their lives. Water Walkers began as an urban youth community center in Belize City and are now serving hundreds of kids and teenagers every day. In 2020 alone, they have impacted over 18,000 individuals by providing meals, tutoring, mentorship, spiritual development and valuable life skills.
They are making a huge difference in the lives of these young people, and have begun empowering the families of these kids by implementing the Help One Now Family Empowerment Program. To date, 57 families have been empowered through the program, and another 100 will be empowered in 2021!
BELIZE is a beautiful country located in Central America, bordered to the north by Mexico, to the west by Guatemala, and to the east by the Caribbean Sea.
Formerly known as British Honduras, Belize was the UK’s last colony on the American mainland, and still maintains strong ties with Britain as a member of the Commonwealth. Like many Caribbean nations, tourism plays a major role in the economy of Belize, along with agriculture, fishing, and forestry.
41% of the population lives below the poverty line, and the country faces challenges related to poverty, waterborne illness, and trafficking in persons and narcotics. 25% of the country’s population lives in the capital, Belize City.
Area: 22,966 sq mi
Year of Independence: 1981
PEOPLE IN BELIZE
- 70.3% adult literacy rate
- 88.6% youth literacy rate
- 73.7 year life expectancy
- 5,000 people living with HIV/AIDS
- 91% of population with sustainable access to improved drinking water solutions
POVERTY IN BELIZE
Pop. Living In Poverty: 41%
Orphan Pop.: 7.3% of children under the age of 17
HIGH RISKS IN BELIZE
- Belizian women and girls, and to a lesser extent boys, are exploited in sex trafficking and labor trafficking in Belize’s urban areas and tourist centers.
- 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report, Belize
Our Family Empowerment Program shifts the narrative; it helps keep struggling families together.
To date, we have enrolled over 750 families inEthiopia, Haiti, Uganda, Belize, and Dominican Republic with an average increased income of approximately 642% — and many of these families now have 2-3 years of self-sufficiency under their belt! Not only does the program help families to thrive, but it ripples outward into the community as families grow their businesses, create even more jobs, and pour into the local economy.
We began taking steps toward partnership with Julie and Nigel in 2019, and brought our Global Empowerment Director, Dr. Aschalew Abebe, from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia all the way to Belize to spend some time with the Miguels, meet families in the community, and get an overall assessment of the viability of the program in this context.
We believe Family Empowerment is the perfect fit to come alongside the work being done through Water Walkers. Julie and Nigel are already working hard to see children thrive, and together we are now taking the next steps to see entire families empowered!
“When I was in Belize, I saw a huge need for family empowerment. I met hard working but struggling families. Julie and Nigel are truly a gift to the people of Belize, they know how to love, give and serve. Their deep and strong connection with the local people is just amazing. I’m very excited about this new partnership as we are going to work together to empower vulnerable families and change lives forever.”
THE LOCAL LEADER
Meet Julie and Nigel Miguel! Through their organization, Water Walkers International, they work to empower children through education programs, targeting children from vulnerable families to ensure they have a foundation for a better future.
Along with the great work they are already doing, Julie and Nigel are adding to their approach to end the cycle of poverty by coming into partnership with Help One Now and launching a Family Empowerment Program in Belize City!
EMPOWER FAMILIES IN BELIZE TODAY
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