We give big Thanks to George Bolton and Sheri Bronfin for the medical supplies donated to the Hopkins Health Center. George and Sheri stayed with us for a week in July 2014. Melonie Flores a member for our #greenteam presented the donations to Dr. Valentine, the doctor in-charge here in Hopkins village.
On Sunday 20th July 2014 Hamanasi’s Green Team held the 2nd Annual Back To School Fest in Hopkins Village. This year we started off by having Ms. Charlotte Garnet very kindly lead all the kids in singing the Belize national anthem to formally open the Fest. Then we had educational talks by special guest speakers.
Ms. Celeshia Guy, Manager of Belize Bird Rescue and Ms. Lauren Whitfield, an intern gave a very informative talk about keeping birds and information about the 9 different parrots that are found in Belize. They made it fun for all and even got audience participation by getting the kids to read out the different types of parrots.
Then Mr. Jamal Galves, a Manatee Research Associate at Sea 2 Shore Alliance/Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute spoke about Manatees that are found in the waters in Belize especially around Hopkins and introduced the kids to a prize wheel where if they answered a question correctly about the information they had just been taught they had a chance to spin the wheel to win a whole host of different prizes.
There was then a safety talk by PC Claudious Cardinez regarding curfew times, reminding kids to not just jump in anyone’s car and also that double ride is actually against the law. After talks from our guest speakers we had 2 talks by our very own Green Team members!
First off we had a CPR demonstration by our newly qualified Emergency First Response Instructor Mr. Martin Carr who taught the kids what to do if they see an accident and how to do CPR until the emergency medical service arrives.
Then Mr. Juan Tun, Hamanasi’s very own green fingered organic gardener, explained to all the kids and parents that growing plants at home is neither hard nor expensive. You can create simple compost using left over food scraps, garden waste and old seaweed washed up on the beach. Also you don’t need to buy expensive plant pots, simply use the inside of a toilet roll to plant seeds and then when the seed has sprouted you can use the remains of a coconut for the plants to continue to grow.
Great information from all our special guest speakers!
After the speakers Hopkins School Principal Ms. Seferina Castillo handed out the backpacks stuffed to the brim with school supplies for the neediest children in Hopkins Village.
In the afternoon all the kids joined in with many games that were held on the beach to win school supply prizes including, three legged race, running race, marble and spoon race and sack race. For those that weren’t feeling so energetic we had a colouring in table for the kids to complete the activity sheet kindly given to all of them by Belize Bird Rescue. At the end of the day all the kids had a great time and every single attendee went home with lots of school supplies donated by Hamanasi’s very kind guests.
Both Fests resulted in us having very popular stalls that was busy all day! We had Sustainability Q’s where people could find the answers by reading all the information displayed all around the Green Team booth. Once they gave us the correct answer they had the chance to pick a prize out of our lucky dip. There were water bottles, school supplies, backpacks, t-shirts, and even bottles of champagne to win! We also had a lionfish themed word search for the younger ones.
Along with the chance of winning items, visitors also had the chance of buying some organic produce, as well as plants, that Mr Tun had planted into coconut shells. There was also lionfish patties and lionfish ceviche both of which went down an absolute storm which enables us to spread the word that lionfish is not only edible but very tasty too! Thanks again to Audrey and our fantastic chefs for preparing such great lionfish goodies. For both these Fests we decided to also sell chilled husked coconuts, a great thirst quencher on such a hot day! Needless to say we sold out of those too!! All in all 2 fantastic days of spreading the green word to the community both in and outside Hopkins. Thanks again to all that helped out.
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“Everything was fantastic! I can’t wait to come back.”
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Tessa Novak and Family,
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“Everyone went out of their way to make our time here enjoyable. We have travelled a lot over the past 30 years and have never had the attention given to us that Hamanasi has done – it is also evident that you give back to the community which means a lot.”
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Lee Mann did her third trip to Hamanasi on May and this time she brought some missionary friends along with her. They collected and brought donations for Mrs. Bertie Library and for the Hopkins Health Center. Donation for the library was 24 packbacks with school supplies. The Health Center materials for preventing infection, drapes, gowns, caps, gloves ,antiseptic, suture kits, bandages, tape , IV set up kits. Dr. Valentine, the person in charge was very excited with this donation.
Lee commented “I am happy to be of service to your community. Not only does this fulfill my vows to serve but I feel as if I have a real family at Hamanasi and Hopkins”
On March 29th, 2014 we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Hopkins Kite Fest. The event start at 10am and there was a kite making workshop for the kids with all school supplies donated by local businesses and community. In the afternoon everyone was flying their home made and shop bought kites. The judging took place between 4-5pm and prizes were given out around 6pm. There were 3 adults prizes, prize for the highest kite and 10 junior prizes. All kids that were there lined up and got school supplies at the end of the day donated by the local businesses and community
Hamanasi Green Team lionfish ceviche went down a storm so much so that we sold out completely, also had organic garden produce, coconuts and fruit squash for sale. We raised over BZ$200 towards our Green Projects. Kudos to the Hamanasi Green Team that donated time out to help at the booth.
Another guest favorite dinner dish!
8 oz. Pork chops
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp. Pepper
1/2 tsp. Cayenne
1 tsp. Chili powder
1 tsp. Onion powder
1 tbsp. Garlic powder
Olive oil 1 tbsp.
Season pork with seasonings and set aside.
Grill pork until cooked and then top with honey butter.
Honey 1 cup
Butter ½ cup (melted)
Mix honey and butter
Happy cookings from the Hamanasi kitchen!
All businesses in the community were invited to take part in this effort to encourage and educate the Hopkins community to keep a clean and green environment for everyone. Over five different companies participated and all were winners for helping to keep the village Clean!
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!
You 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!