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 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.
Chris, our Grounds supervisor and member of the Hamanasi Green Team had the idea to make a bicycle rack for the school. With the help of the Maintenance crew donating their time and using the wood from our old dock we were able to meet Chris goal. It was made from the core values of the Green Team “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle”!
We delivered the completed bicycle rack to Holy Family RC School on Wednesday 5th February. Unfortunately the Principal Mrs. Seferina Castillo wasn’t available so Mrs. Anne Martinez an infant class teacher kindly accepted the bike rack on behalf of the School.
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!
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
-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.
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.
From a pack of pencils, story books, crayons up to school bags, all these donations were given to the needed school children from Hopkins, Maya Center and Silk Grass which brought big smiles to their faces.
The month of September was blessed with all the free clinics that the HBHS had for our animals from Hopkins, Dangriga, Silk Grass and Seine Bight. They started the week with the Carroll County Vets Without Borders team of Tina Cone, Ramona Hambrick, and Anita Beeson — Belize veterans all. The idea was to have a half day clinic on Sunday, just to get back in the groove, and not be too rushed. Ha! FORTY TWO dogs showed up between 1pm – 4pm, needing surgeries (7), treatments and check ups! Thank goodness we had plenty of help! Volunteers from Saga Humane Society (Heather Beck and Kathy Marin), Humane Society International, and our regular crew managed to make some sense out of the starting gun dash out of the gate.
Next, ten of them caravanned to Seine Bight on Monday morning, to partner with the Placencia Humane Society for a two day clinic. PHS had secured the brand new Seine Bight community center, and they were blessed with plenty of space! Over two days, Dr. Tina Cone and Dr. Orlando Baptist treated almost 100 animals. The collaboration between HBHS, PHS, Saga Humane, Humane Society International, Dr. Baptist and the Carroll County Vets Without Borders was magical. They returned to Hopkins for another busy half day clinic on Wednesday, seeing 33 animals, 12 of which were surgeries. Then on to Dangriga on Thursday, where they partnered with Dangriga Pet Care to treat EIGHTY FOUR animals between 8am and 4pm. They were working Dr. Cone all full capacity, when Dr. Kathy Kvam, arriving for her clinics the next week, stopped by having just arrived at the Dangrgiga airport… and jumped right into surgery. They were grateful she was such a trooper. Dr. Cone, having well earned a rest, then passed the baton to Dr. Kvam. Dr. Kvam and her team of Kerry O’Donoghue, Karin Mixon, Kevin Guyer and Tom McNeely then hosted 3.5 days of clinic in Hopkins, treating 98 animals, 50 spays and neuters and 4 other surgeries. IN TOTAL… Dr. Tina, Ramona, Anita and Dr. Kvam, Kerry, Karin, Kevin and Tom treated 376 animals, did 88 spays and neuters, and 10 other surgeries, including broken legs, tumor removal, exploratory surgeries and various wounds.
The Sittee River Seventh Day Adventist Church hosted a summer vacation Bible School program for a week where over 32 children from Sittee River Village attended. Mrs. Shelmadine Robinson, born and raised in Sittee River was the organizer of this event and was very happy with the attendance. She is a children lover and is very passionate of giving back to the kids and community. Art and Crafts, singing, acting classes and many more fun activities were all included in the program.
Thanks to all our guest who have contributed and continue to supporting our Back to School program, with your assistance we were able provide suitable supplies along with school bags to the children who attended this year Summer Bible School Program.
We would like to thank Marie and Lee from Cherry Hill New Jersey for their generous time spend in collecting monetary and school supplies donations for the school children of Hopkins and Sittee River Village. Marie and Lee visited Hamanasi on March, 2012 and shared with the children a very cheerful afternoon.. Over 25 school bags with school supplies with given out to the young kids from the Holy Family Hopkins School and Ms. Bertie Hopkins Library.
Lee and Marie then travelled to Sittee River Methodist School were a vast amount of school supplies include, stick glue, crayons, pencils. etc were donated. Preparing our children for a better future and helping them develop and become professionals is our main priority.