Marie Sharp's USA Sponsors tuition for girls in Columbia Village, Belize
Marie Sharp's USA (MSUSA) is committed to improving the lives of the people of Belize by paying premium prices to farmers and makers, and investing in the future, GIRLS. To that end, we established a scholarship fund to send girls to school in Belize.
Fall 2018 - We sponsor Delverine
The first girl we sponsored lives in the Columbia Village, and her name is Delverine Makin, and she attends Julian Cho Technical school.
This is a photo of Delverine, in her new school uniform and new school bag. It was taken in front of her high school, Julian Cho High School in Columbia Village, Belize (Fall 2018).
NOVEMBER 2019 - We meet Delverine and visit school
In November 2019, we meet Delverine for the first time and sit down at her family table in Columbia Village, and enjoy a traditional Maya meal. It was delicious!
Delverine and her father were identified as potential scholarship recipients by Chris Nesbitt and his wife Celini. They run an organization called the Maya Mountain Research farm, which is located two miles up river from the Columbia Village.
Seated here is Chris Nesbitt and his wife Celini, from the Maya Mountain Research Farm (MMRF) and Sonia Touby.
Julian Cho Technical School - Columbia Village, Belize
We took some time to tour the campus of Julian Cho Technical School, and meet with some of Delverine's teachers. We learned about her progress in particular but more importantly, we learned about more actions we could take to help the school itself.
Delverine and her teacher
Investment towards the High School tuition costs of a girl in Belize is about $2 per day. The effect on the trajectory of a child's life, has substantial, meaningful and lasting impact. Ultimately, this helps enrich and vitalize the communities that are supplying our food and caring for the Earth. We do this one girl at a time.
Coming in 2020, Delverine will be interviewed and tell us about her experience and give advice on further developing our program.
Research is underway for our next scholarship candidate!
Maya Mountain Research Farm
MMRF is one of Central Americas oldest permaculture project. It was founded in 1988 when Christopher Nesbitt bought an abandoned citrus and cattle farm. Over the last decades, it has been transformed into a very productive food forest.
There are over 500 species of plants worked with on an annual cycle. In addition to the large agroforestry system, rabbits and poultry are raised, and training in permaculture, agroforestry and renewable energy is conducted.
Located 2 miles from the Kekchi Maya community of San Pedro Columbia, in the foothills of the Maya Mountains southern flank, the farm is only accessible through trail, or by river.
There are beds for up to 24 students, and internships and training are offered throughout the year. MMRF is a great place to intern and learn about tropical ecology and agriculture. A Permaculture Design Course is offered every year.
Thank you for buying our products and helping us do our part to make the world a better place, one girl and one farmer at a time.
MMRF efforts will help facilitate responsible agroforestry practices, help reduce deforestation and result in the production of better-quality products for our families. Our goal at MSUSA is to sponsor farmers tuition to attend MMRF courses so that they can grow crops responsibly.
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