From the Farmers

Posted By: Marty

From the Farmers - 10/11/01 02:44 AM

I know many of the folks corresponding on the board are familiar with
one of Belize's big income earners, tourism, so their focus is on
Placencia. Agriculture is another major income producer in Belize,
rivalling tourism, and that has been severely damaged by Iris. Please
remember that the Maya in Toledo grow their own food as well as staple
crops for the nation and use the forests for building supplies -- the
crops and the trees are gone. I understand from folks in PG that the
roads are flooded, even the bridge to Columbia, so no or few supplies
are getting to those who have lost their homes and their livelihoods.
There is no fuel in the district. Helicopters are supposed to be
coming, but my informant didn't know if they had yet arrived to assist
those in need.

In the banana producing areas a bit farther north, people are in a
similar terrible situation. They don't build their own homes, but the
dwellings they did have were destroyed and their employment disappeared
in Iris's winds.

You aren't going to get much news from the villages because even in the
best of times modern communication is difficult or not available at
all. Please don't let those generous people who want to help forget the
many, many people who had very little and now have nothing -- people
that tourists do not meet, in villages where few tourists go. They need
help, too, and booking a visit to Cayo or San Pedro isn't going to do
much for them.

Thanks for listening,

Cacao Grower
Toledo District
Posted By: jena

Re: From the Farmers - 10/11/01 03:02 AM

Marty: a friend in P.G. e.mailed me of the situation in the villages. Eldridge was hit badly, lost four houses and roof to the big house owned by Dana and Gayle. It gets worse as you go further down the road. My friend Bob Farley, a missionary, has made a few trips out to the villages with baby food, water and sandwiches. He is in need of money for gas and supplies. I have sending money tomorrow. I'm sure they will run out though - not sure if the roads to B.C. are clear. If anyone can get supplies to him he is at [email protected] - lives in Hopeville.
Posted By: Marty

Re: From the Farmers - 10/11/01 03:37 AM

I can get some quick cash to him.

i will email him, and try to have our Mennonite contact in PG get ahold of him too.....
Posted By: Marty

Re: From the Farmers - 10/11/01 03:37 AM

can he receive his email currently?
Posted By: diveron

Re: From the Farmers - 10/11/01 03:40 AM

Lets figure out how to help. E-mail me at [email protected]



[This message has been edited by diveron (edited 10-10-2001).]
Posted By: Marty

Re: From the Farmers - 10/11/01 06:23 AM

Posted By: birdlady

Re: From the Farmers - 10/11/01 04:55 PM

back to the top, please

don't forget the "Forgotten District"

Posted By: EP

Re: From the Farmers - 10/11/01 05:00 PM

Jim Scott said that the roads are technically flooded in that they have water on them. But they are passable easily in trucks. Cars that are lower to the ground will have difficulty in certain areas.

He said they need supplies - but that they are coming down by road with people like Ian Anderson.

There is also pleanty of fuel in town.

They are not cut off. So, anyone wanting to drive down and help is more than welcome. But please come self-sifficent (with tents, food and water) so that you are not using the resorces that you are bringing as relief.
Posted By: birdlady

Re: From the Farmers - 10/11/01 10:31 PM

up you go
Posted By: birdlady

Re: From the Farmers - 10/13/01 02:55 AM

Posted By: birdlady

Re: From the Farmers - 10/13/01 04:09 PM

Posted By: cacaogrower

Re: From the Farmers - 10/14/01 12:16 PM

Help is going to be needed for a long time.

Please don't forget the farmers in the weeks and months ahead.
Posted By: cacaogrower

Re: From the Farmers - 10/17/01 04:57 AM

Posted By: Wendy

Re: From the Farmers - 10/18/01 07:59 AM

These folks are the original people of Belize. They are important....
Posted By: cacaogrower

Re: From the Farmers - 10/23/01 06:34 PM

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