“April – Green Newsletter”

Hamanasi Migratory and Native Bird Population

 Figure 1: Plain Chachalaca

Hamanasi has kept and embraced its reputation as an eco-friendly resort in Belize’s Tourism Industry, and in its assurance in sustaining a unique image by preserving the environment and its biodiversity, the company’s rainforest guides have been conducting a migratory and native bird population study for a period of six (6) months. In the facilitation of the study, an onsite birding has been scheduled, and is ongoing for at least once every week, by three (3) inland guides who are Pedro, Lorenzo and Golden. The guides been have conducting the studies around the property from March 21, 2012 to April 4, 2012, and they have recorded 32 species of birds. Most of the bird species were sighted in more than two (2) occasions, in which the sighting frequency was 2.19. Our guests, especially those who are bird lovers, are welcomed to participate in the studies along with our gregarious and enthusiastic inland guides.

 

Hamanasi now has a Carbon Offset Calculator

Hamanasi now has a Carbon Offset Calculator available for anyone interested in traveling “green”.

Sustainable Tourism International

Having always been interested in protecting and sustaining the environment and our local community, we can now offer guests the option and opportunity to contribute to an international organization dedicated to carbon offset.  Sustainable Travel International (STI) is a global leader in sustainable tourism development. The non-profit organization’s mission is to promote sustainable development through responsible travel by providing programs that help travelers, businesses and destinations protect the environment, preserve cultural heritage and promote economic development.  For more information, you can go to www.sustainabletravelinternational.org, and you can calculate your Hamanasi vacation carbon offset by going to www.hamanasi.com/eco_tourism.html.

Hamanasi’s “Green Team”

Miss Bertie’s Library gets Donations from Canada!

After two visits to Hamanasi and Hopkins Village, guests Doug and Anne of Canada decided to adopt Miss Bertie’s Library in Hopkins as their “project”. Due to their efforts, a wonderful shipment of books and supplies arrived in Hopkins this week and the first part of that shipment was delivered to the library yesterday! The kids were thrilled and began to unpack the books and puzzles immediately!

“Thank you” to everyone that contributed!!! By the way, this will be an ongoing project for the library, so if you’re coming to Hamanasi any time soon, please bring any new/used books that you would like to donate. Books for readers of all ages are greatly needed and appreciated.

Hopkins Humane Society Clinic for April comes to a successful close…

The April 2010 Hopkins Humane Society Free Spay & Neuter Clinic has come to a close after enjoying a hugely successful clinic and fundraiser!

The clinic was manned by ER vets from Minnesota, Clara Lee Arnold (the Stateside clinic coordinator), Nancy & Les Collier (local Humane Society organizers) and many, many wonderful local volunteers from in and around Hopkins Village. Congratulations to everyone involved! Hamanasi looks forward to future joint endeavors with HBHS and will continue to be a proud year-around supporter. Thank you, again, for the generous donations from Hamanasi guests past, present & future! For more about the Hopkins Belize Humane Society, click on the following link to see information and photos!

Hopkins Belize Humane Society

Clinic Day #1

Hamanasi is a proud sponsor of the Hopkins Belize Humane Society free spay and neuter clinics.  The clinics provide a great service that is needed in the community.  Hamanasi’s guests have always been great supporters through their time and money and donations!

A great turnout for the first two days of the free spay & neuter clinic  Over 25 surgeries and numerous health care “treatments” already!  Clinic continues April 12 & 13.

Easter Clean-up in Hopkins Village

Welcome to Hopkins

         There will be an Easter Clean-up for Hopkins Village today!  All volunteers are welcome.  Hamanasi will be providing hauling of trash gathered by the groups of volunteers.  Let’s beautify Hopkins together!

The Hamanasi Green Team

Doctors Donate Dental Supplies for Smiles in Hopkins!

Centre de Santé Dentaire de Shippagan, Dr. Henri Thériault and Dermalaser Clinic, Dr. Chantal Chiasson.

“Hello to everybody”, from Henri and Chantal.  It was a great pleasure for us to spend quality time in Belize. We will be back to Hamanasi sometime in the future.”

Thank you Henri and Chantal for the donations!  The school supplies and dental supplies are wonderful!  And thank  you to the staff at the Centre de Santé Dentaire de Shippagan, Dr. Henri Thériault and Dermalaser Clinic, Dr. Chantal Chiasson!

Garifuna Women Stand Strong in Belize!

Hamanasi Front Desk/Reservations Associate, Gilda Eligio attended a symposium for Garifuna women over the past weekend. The symposium was organized by a Christian Women’s group from Minnesota, Open Doors, led by Anne Hinrichs. The group comes to Belize, specifically the Hopkins and the neighboring Garifuna villages of Seine Bight and GeorgeTown, for the purposes of ministering to women and teens about the role of women in the home, workplace, community and church, and to encourage women to be leaders and examples in all
aspects of the Garifuna life. During their week-long stay, they have daily services at the church or villages to minister to the people.They also organize projects and activities to help restore hope to the less fortunate by refurbishing their homes and painting it or changing old boards to new ones so that the families can be proud. Open Doors also brings “goodies” for the children and school supplies. they walk around the villages and give donations to families that are in
need. Pastor Herdie Castillo from the Hopkins Evangelical Church, Ligilisi Laureni Bungui, goes along with the group and introduces them to local families. Open Doors also follows up with each family to see how they are doing and send supplies, food and clothing to them after returning to Minnesota. The symposium and services were well-attended by the local women with more than 40 regular attendees… and crowds of children when the services are taken to the villages!

Community Outreach Backpack Project Ongoing – Hamanasi, Belize

Hamanasi Backpack Project Continues…

Thank you Emmaus United Church of Christ, Virginia U.S.A., for your recent donations of backpacks for the children of Hopkins Village. The children are so pleased and proud to receive the backpacks. Pride can make such a difference in a child’s life!
Thank you to everyone who brings contributions for our community outreach programs. You are making a difference in Belize!

Hamanasi Resort holds Industry Awareness Training

PREVENTION OF THE COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
OF CHILDREN IN THE TRAVEL AND TOURISM SECTOR
On August 26th, 2009 Hamanasi held the Implementation of the Code of Conduct Training presented by Mrs. Maria Vega, representative of Belize Tourism Industry Association and NOPCAN. A total of 17 of Hamanasi front line staff were present for the training. Since 2004, BTIA, along with regional tourism counterparts, has agreed on a Regional Plan of Action to address the worldwide problem of commercial sexual exploitation of children. The commitment of the tourism industry is to “disseminate and apply the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism as approved by the World Tourism Organization, especially with regard to the protection of children and adolescents”. Hamanasi has been a member of the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children for 2 years. The training objective was to bring about awareness of the exploration of children in the hospitality and tourism industry. Hopefully, with more awareness comes more demand for action, on a worldwide basis, to stop these unacceptable acts.