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Posted By: Marty

Hope Haven Accepting and Giving Donations - 04/08/20 05:01 PM

Lord Ashcroft Donates $100K To Ambergris Caye Families Via Hope Haven

On Tuesday, April 7, Hope Haven Children’s Home and Community Center, located on Ambergris Caye, received a donation of $100,000 from the Lord Ashcroft COVID-19 Relief Fund. The donation was provided to assist families in need of assistance during the pandemic crisis, and to assist with supplementing grocery donations to these families.

Bringing the total amount of cash donations for relief in Belize to over $10,000,000BZD, Lord Ashcroft has proven that his loyalty to Belize and its people sit at a prioritized level of concern during this time of crisis. Hope Haven, alongside the Belize Department of Human Development/Social Services, make up the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) Relief and Supplies Committee, and with the assistance of the Lord Ashcroft COVID-19 Relief Fund, will continue to produce and deliver essential grocery items to all families that have been affected by this pandemic.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Hope Haven Accepting and Giving Donations - 04/09/20 10:41 AM

Press Release – Hope Haven Belize – Wednesday, April 8, 2020 – On Tuesday, April 7, Hope Haven Children’s Home and Community Center, located on Ambergris Caye, received a donation of $100,000 from the Lord Ashcroft COVID-19 Relief Fund. The donation was provided to assist families in need of assistance during the pandemic crisis, and to assist with supplementing grocery donations to these families.

Bringing the total amount of cash donations for relief in Belize to over $10,000,000BZD, Lord Ashcroft has proven that his loyalty to Belize and its people sit at a prioritized level of concern during this time of crisis.

Hope Haven, alongside the Belize Department of Human Development/Social Services, make up the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) Relief and Supplies Committee, and with the assistance of the Lord Ashcroft COVID-19 Relief Fund, will continue to produce and deliver essential grocery items to all families that have been affected by this pandemic. On Ambergris Caye, a large percentage of the population relies on tourism, and were gravely affected following the announcement of the State of Emergency due to the novel COVID-19 virus.

On March 18th, Hope Haven made a crucial decision to suspend its hot meal feeding program (Colleen’s Kitchen at San Pedro Food Bank) in order to focus on distribution of essential goods to its registered families. The donations were to provide enough groceries for 1 month per family, and included essentials such as rice, beans, flour, bread, and other non-perishable items.

By March 31st, the food assistance program had been extended to all island families, and through the joint efforts of Social Services and NEMO, Hope Haven has provided over 500 families with grocery boxes and bags with two-week supplies.

To date – April 8th – Hope Haven has assessed 1,125 families, over 1,000 families have been provided with supplies, and over 400 additional families are waiting to be assessed. Lord Ashcroft’s donation could not have come at a better time, as the reserves and donations provided by the hundreds of benefactors have been nearly exhausted. With this substantial donation, distribution will be able to continue through the month of April, and grocery boxes/bags will now be able to contain additional items such as meat/poultry, eggs, oatmeal, tuna, peanut butter, pasta and pasta sauce, and canned goods, along with the Social Services provided essentials of rice, beans, flour, and produce.

Hope Haven has no immediate plans to suspend the relief assistance for the community, and plans to continue providing as the resources continue to be available. While the donation and assistance by these organizations are well-received and utilized, they expect the amount of recipient registrations to continue to rise, and ask for any in-kind or monetary donations in order to provide for families in need.

Donations are utilized in their entirety (100%) to assist the current relief program, and can be made via the following methods:

* PayPal at https://paypal.me/hopehavenbze
* Atlantic Bank Account #100256642 (Raise Me Up, NGO)

For families or individuals that require assistance, please text your name and location to 670-7030, and a Hope Haven representative will call you to fill out your application. Please be patient and only text once. An operator then adds the name to a calling list. Once their name gets on the list, one of the volunteers calls them and fills out an online form. Once the form is submitted, the information is populated on a Google sheet and the delivery list is printed. Questions on the form include names and social security numbers for each member of the family over 18, where they were working, and their reason for seeking assistance. The comprehensive form does not allow for families to seek assistance more than once in the two-week span. Each family receives groceries every two weeks once their assessment is on file.

NEMO encourages all organizations and individuals desiring to assist with relief efforts to work alongside the Relief and Supplies Committee as to ensure that crucial deliveries are provided to everyone requiring assistance, and that donations are not doubled to existing families while others are still waiting. The Relief and Supplies Committee has lists of every family, and are happy and willing to assist in all community donation efforts. The committee also encourages others groups to conserve their resources as this is an ongoing issue, as they have project that the ongoing and growing list of families will require assistance for up to (or over) 3 months. Please email info@hopehavenbelize.org for a current list of families.

The Hope Haven board would like to thank every single person and organization who have made these relief efforts possible, and each and every volunteer for assisting and showing solidarity to their San Pedro community.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Hope Haven Accepting and Giving Donations - 04/10/20 06:17 PM

If you know anyone in need, help them with the registration process If they have not already registered.

The San Pedro NEMO Relief & Supplies Management Committee was activated through the leadership of the San Pedro NEMO Co-ordinator, Vanessa Parham, to ensure a sustainable and accountable feeding program to meet needs, while ensuring fair distribution of relief supplies to islanders in need.

The Relief & Supplies Management Committee is led by Hope Haven & the Department of Human Services. The sub-committee is grateful to the generosity and dedication of the many volunteers and business that are contributing to the programs’ success.

We encourage all who wish to help families through feeding programs during this difficult and unprecedented time to do so under the umbrella of the Relief & Supplies Management Committee and co-ordinate with Hope Haven to ensure fair and accountable distribution, while preventing duplication of services.

Please remember that the response to the pandemic is being led by the MInistry of Health with support for all aspects of the crisis from NEMO.

Stand with the Relief & Supplies Management Committee and recognize the heroic efforts of our NEMO coordinator, Vanessa Parham, and recognize the sacrifices she continues to make to lead our team through this unprecedented and difficult time.

Stay tuned for our report on what has been accomplished so far with the feeding programs.

In the meantime, Happy Easter from the front line.

Stay Home. Save Lives. Master physical distance in your home. Protect your community and loved ones. It is in your power.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Hope Haven Accepting and Giving Donations - 05/07/20 11:33 AM

From Hope Haven:

We have been working with families on the island Since March 23, 2020. Below are the number of families/households that have received assistance from Hope Haven:
Boca del Rio 208
San Marcos/San Pablo/DFC/South 610
North 51
San Juan 184
San Mateo 507
San Pedrito 432
Town Center/Back a town 365

Total families assisted 2357. Of these 2357 families, we received basic assistance from Human Development for 1200 families.

There are a total of 278 persons that applied and when we called to do the assessment we were unable to reach them due to :
1. Wrong number
2. Used someone else's phone and was not around
3. Phone went to voicemail

We would like to thank the organizations/entities that stepped up and reached out to those that we were not able to help.

We would once again like to thank our sponsors and volunteers who have made our efforts possible! Special thanks to Mahmoud Hassoun for giving us a warehouse to work out of and Lord Ashcroft for the monetary contribution that allowed us to assist even more families.
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