“2013 Back To School Fest”

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Over 200 kids participated in the ‘Back to School’ Fest!

 The Green Team welcomed over 200 students of Hopkins village, parents and teachers to the first ever ‘Back to School’ Fest hosted by the Green Team members of Hamanasi Resort on Saturday August 24, 2013 at the Catholic Church compound.

Joining Mr. Walton Rodriquez and the rest of the Green Team for the opening ceremony was the principal of the Holy Family RC School, Mrs. Seferina Castillo, who kindly agreed to present the backpacks.

The Fest was abuzz with activities, excitement, competitive spirits of the young ones, free snacks and lively music provide by a member of the community.

The purpose of the fest was to donate backpacks filled with an assortment of school supplies and other educational tools to 30 economically disadvantage/less fortunate kids as well as involving other kids in the community to participate in the different fun activities. The Green Team members also took advantage of the event by getting the kids to make easy eco-friendly mosquito traps to be used in homes and creating awareness of recycle, reduce and reuse practices.

Each kid had a chance to win cool prizes of a variety of school supplies which helped students, teachers and parents get prepared for the new school year.

We gave thanks to all our members and contributors that make this event a success!

 

“HBHS Fall 2013 Newsletter”

hbhs3hbhs2hbhs4hbhs5You are one of the reasons HBHS has had such an amazing year. We set our sights high, and we have been able to achieve our goal….. to date, in 2013 we have spayed and neutered 1031 animals! And with two weekend clinics to go, we know that number will go up.  Having once a month weekend clinics with Dr. Orlando Baptist in addition to our visiting veterinary teams has really impacted the animals of Belize.

On October 17th, HBHS joined forces with Saga Humane Society on the island of San Pedro, targeting the San Mateo neighborhood.  San Mateo is an impoverished area, and HBHS has wanted to work in that area for years. We were finally able to make it happen, and we hope Saga Humane Society will work with us again to help this community.   Dr. Orlando Baptist, Dr. Tonya Pruett and Dr. Linda Leavell worked for two and a half days with the Saga Humane team, treated almost 200 animals and spaying/neutering over 50.  

From San Pedro, we went to Placencia to team up with the Placencia Humane Society for an evening and morning of clinics.  Drs. Baptist, Pruett and Leavell did 13 surgeries and over 35 exams. Then, back to Hopkins to meet up with Dr. Rob Echentile and Dr. Mia Canton for HBHS clinics.   Animal Health Director Joseph Morgan worked with all doctors and volunteers to see that animals were picked up, their needs met, and they were delivered home safely.  Volunteers Kelli & Stephen Blank, and Carol & Brian Gregory spent many hours at the clinic organizing, cleaning, giving out dog food, providing transportation for patients, and making calls to people that needed animal assistance. And professional photographer, Amanda Thielman, was on hand to capture the moments for all of us! 

As Dr. Pruett and Dr. Leavell departed, the next group came it.  Belize veterans Dr. Tina Cone, Anita Beeson and Ramona Hambrick (Carroll Country Vets Without Borders) arrived and jumped right into work, assisting Drs. Echentile and Pruett before going to their room at Villa Verano!  Dr. Cone and Dr. Baptist held clinics in Hopkins, while I went to San Ignacio to assist with a six vet “mega clinic” set up by Humberto Wohlers of the Belize Zoo.  And what a weekend it was!  Dr. Cone and Baptist were working in the flood waters in Hopkins, Drs. Edwardo Tesecum, Jorge Lopez, Isabelle Paquet-Durand, Mia Canton, Angela Gimmel, Jennifer Riley and Kelly Schmitz conducted clinic in the pouring down rain for two days.  It was wet, crazy, and fabulous! In two days, over 200 animals were treated in Belize, and almost 60 surgeries. If only the sun had been out, we could have done miraculous things!  

The flood waters trapped the Carroll County Vets Without Borders in Hopkins, but I was able to travel to the Belize Zoo to meet up with Dr. Baptist. Humberto and the amazing Zoo crew were superb hosts, and despite the bucketing rain, Dr. B did 14 surgeries and treated over 20 animals.  And, as the flood waters slowly receded, Dr. Cone and her team slogged through crocodile infested waters to continue with clinics at HBHS for several days.  

When Dr. Cone and her crew departed, Dr. Jon Kendall arrived.  Dr. Kendall, Dr. Canton and Dr. Baptist treated over 90 animals in Dangriga in one day between 9 am and 2pm. Wow!  Then they treated even more over the weekend at HBHS, helping us reach and go over our spay/neuter goal. 

HBHS was also able to give out 4000 does of Pet Trust dewormer this year, thanks to the donation of the products from the Pet Trust company… and over 2000 Kind News magazines thanks to the Humane Society of the United States. 

Only one month left, and we are finishing 2013 very strong! We are looking forward to 2014! 

 

“Mark is 2013 Traveller’s Rum Mixologist Champion”

Drinks2Our mixologist Mark Jacobs is officially the WINNER of the annual Belize Traveller’s Rum Bartending competition.  The competition featured over 20 participants country wide which consisted Traveller’s rum exclusively infused with tropical fruits and a secret basket of ingredients where creativity, taste and showmanship winners were chosen from each district.  Mark Jacobs was one of the finalist for Southern Belize.   On October 25th Traveller’s Rum had the semi final competition in Belize City and Mark stellar performance and creativity stole the crowd’s  and judges taste buds.  Mark winning rewards was BZ$2000 courtesy of Traveller’s Rum and a touch screen telephone courtesy of Smart Belize.

Way to go Mark….Hamanasi is very proud to have you on our team!

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ August 2013″

“Everything surpassed our expectations. We came here as new diver because we wanted an operation we could trust and we found that here.”

Beth and Chris Rugg, Freeville, NY

“Keep doing what you are doing!!  Don’t change a thing about your great service.”

Roger and Susan Morgan and Family, Southlake, TX

“It’s early perfect!  We couldn’t have asked for a better honeymoon. I can’t think of anything we would have wanted different.”

Sean and Christy Wagner, Lakewood, OH

“We love that you are doing your best to protect the environment, this place is beautiful.’

 Bramdi Badie and Charles Rendles, Decatur, IL

“The eco-friendly efforts is one of the main reasons we choose Hamanasi.  All the details down to composting the extra food, is great and makes one feel good about vacationing here.”

Nick and Nathalie Hand, Philadelphia, PA

“Well trained staff, beautiful grounds and rooms.”

Svetlana Troshina, Pacifica, CA

“Everyone here was amazing!  We had a wonderful honeymoon and look forward to coming back in a few years.”

Nicholas and Collie Kresta, East Bernard, TX

 

“Janice and Pete Henderson Contribution to the HBHS”

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Volunteering at Hopkins Belize Humane Society was the best part of our trip to Hamanasi!   My 15-year-old, Pete, and I helped Dr. Baptist and Joseph during one of the monthly spay/neuter clinics.   We helped prep the dogs for surgery, wash surgical instruments, and organize supplies.  Our favorite part was returning the dogs to their families in Hopkins and San Ramon the next day.   The village children swarmed our truck when we drove up.  It was fun to hand out the dog food, leashes and collars along with their pet.   The children (and adults) were eager for information on how to take care of their pet and it was rewarding to teach them how to be good owners.     Because of HBHS, getting your dog spayed/neutered is becoming the cultural norm.  As we drove by, families would stop us to ask us to take their dog for surgery (“Next time!!  We’ll be back!!”)  It was a remarkable experience!

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ July 2013″

“You guys really do a phenomenal job with service.  we can all tell the training the staff receives it top-notch, appreciate how many staff are loved.”

Andrew Wishnia and Chelsea Hanson, Washington, DC

“All aspects of service were excellent from wait staff to divshop to guides.”

Nick and Joanna Voichick, Madison, WI

“Keep doing what you’re doing – hiring people who truly enjoy their job because it shows.  I’ve never stayed somewhere with such and exceptional staff.

Reagan Flume, Austin, TX

“Don’t grow too quickly.  Your size and the personal attention we got is what will bring us back!”

Keith and Jane Miller, West Henrietta, NY

“Everything was perfect!”

Lauren Bronfman, Miami, FL

“Our trip was better than expected!  we always felt safe and comfortable. This was the perfect vacation for our family. Thank you for taking such good care of us!”

Michael Montgomery and Family, Land O’ Lakes, FL

“We had a wonderful time and every request was met with “YES”.”

Ken Montgomery and Family, Franklin Lakes, NJ

“Impressed by the efforts hopefully it will become a practice from other areas of Belize soon!”

Mike and Susan Cole, Rocklin, CA

 

“Zan Art Classes”

Gail Morris a repeat guest, recently returned to Belize to introduce her daughter, Zan Morris to the Hamanasi family.  Zan contributed to the Hopkins community by doing four separate arts & crafts classes with the children at the local library. The kids ranged from five to twelves years old and were so excited.  Zan supplied all the materials, she gave very basic instructions and encouraged the kids to be creative in their own unique ways.  Some of the projects Zan did with the kids were :

-painted wooden masks (elephant, pirate, flower,  and lion masks)

-made God’s eyes (weaving yarn around craft sticks)

-decorate/painted star and fairy wands

-drawing using washable markers

-painting with Tempera paints

-jewelry making

-abstract art using craft sticks

-decorating and painting bags

-painting sun catchers

-painting/decorating their own plastic “school supply” box

-using glitter and stickers

-face painting (me painting their faces and them painting my face)

The children were particularly fond of having their faces painted. Aside from the four hour and a half hour art classes, Zan spent a couple afternoons painting faces at the playground.  Each class consisted of twelve students. Some students attended more than one class. All together,  Zan had about 30 students. Around 50 children got their faces painted throughout the week she was here.

Zan commented “I had a wonderful time!! The children in Hopkins are very polite, sweet enthusiastic and creative!”

She surely added big smiles to all the children from Hopkins that assisted her classes!  A huge THANKS to Zan for taking time out from her vacation to contribute to the Hopkins Community.

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“Lopez Donation To Mrs. Bertie Hopkins Community Library”

Miss Bertie’s Hopkins Community Library was established in 2008 by U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Bertie Lee Murphy. She became a Peace Corps Volunteer in June 2007, following a distinguished career in both the corporate world and in public service. Bertie was a vivacious and dedicated member of the Peace Corps family and served with distinction as an Education Volunteer in Belize, where she was an elementary education teacher-trainer in the southern village of Hopkins. Universally loved and respected, Bertie had recently repurposed a local building into a library filled with personal and donated books.

Donald Lopez an American citizen from California has been diving with Hopkins Divers for the past seven years and calls Hopkins his second home.  Every year Lopez donates to the community and this year was no exception.  He brought with him a custom built single speed bicycle, this was his only mode of transport for the few months that he stayed in Hopkins – he generously auctioned it off and all proceeds went to Mrs. Bertie Library.  It was a good turnout and BZ$205  was the final offer by Pam owner of Windschief.

Thanks to everyone that enthusiastically and generously participated and congrats to Pam on her new bike!O

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ June 2013″

“Everything was special and perfect!”

Gabby Jean and David Stein, Boston, MA

“Keep your staff!  They made the experience.  I am very proud and happy to see your eco-friendly efforts.  So good of you to  keep nature and real world issues in mind.”

The Thomas Family, Ephrata, WA

“We come here because we like to support the local community; Hamanasi really does its part with respect to local sustainability.”

Greg & Tammy Clifton, Telluride, CO

“Keep doing what you’re doing.”

Melissa and Seth Denison, Miami, FL

“Everyone was so friendly, positive, smiling and that was the best part of the vacation.  Felt very safe too!”

Lisa and Nicole Vaneered, Ontario, Canada

“I love the concept of Hamanasi and was very happy we were able to experience it and support the local community.”

Anicka Rodgers and Family, Nokomis, FL

“It was 5 out of 5 – SUBERB!  So personal – so relaxing!”

John and Cindy Griffin, Virginia Beach, VA

“Great Honeymoon!  We loved everyone and everything!  Attention to detail is outstanding!  We will miss being here.”

Paul and Tanya Massey, Gilbert, AZ

“Continue what you are doing, it is working!”

Charla McEachin, Santa Fe, NM

“Everyone was awesome  – loved the personal service.”

Pam Kettering and Family, Redlands, CA

“Impressive!  My main concern is that the business model contributes to the local economy as well as the owners.”

Rachel Alete, Geneva, Switzerland

“You blew our minds with amazingness!”

Jared Weekly, Ideyld Park, OR

 

 

 

“Hamanasi’s Chocolate Brownie”

 

One of our guests’ favorite desserts is our Home Made Brownie!  Now you can enjoy it at home.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz unsweetened chocolate squares
  • 1 cup butter
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 ½ cup  Bebe Agua or All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. salt

 

Method

  1. Melt chocolate and butter in double boiler and set aside
  2. In mixer, beat eggs, sugar and vanilla at high speed for 10 minutes
  3. Blend in chocolate mixture, flour and salt until just combined
  4. Pour into a baking pan
  5. Bake for 35-45 minutes.
  6. Brownie should be done on the outside and gooey on the inside.

 

Happy Baking & Eating

From

Hamanasi’s Kitchen Staff