“New Trash Bins for the Village”

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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!

 

 

 

“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! 

 

“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!

 

“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 Green Team Makes Presence on Cacao Chocolate Festival 2013″

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Members of the Hamanasi Green Team took time out of their busy schedules to attend this year’s annual Cacao Chocolate festival. It was a 3 day event and the finale took place at the central plaza of Lubaantun San Pedro Columbia in Toledo district on May 26th, 2013. The participants were: Juan Tun, Chalita Salam, Suzet Matute, Chris Che, Martin Carr, Therese Roches, Jackie Gamboa, Audrey MaCaulay (cashier) and Francine Matute (organizer).

Our Green Team love to get out there and create awareness about our environment. They set up a stall bursting with information about Lionfish and the threat that it has on the reef, Hamanasi organic gardening, Composting, Vermin-culture and of course they are always handy with some green tips. IMG_3740

Prizes were given out to all the people that visited and participated with answering specific eco-friendly questions. There was Lionfish ceviche and coconut water for sale. They had a very successful day.

“Green Team Participates”

 

IMG_3150The Hamanasi Green Team participated at the Holy family School Fair March 2013. This energetic team had 1 goal in mind, to create as much awareness about our environment and the impact we have on it, and to achieve this they set out to impart their knowledge to the local Hopkins residents.

They had a fresh supply of Lion Fish Ceviche for sale – and gave out interesting facts of what damage this fish does to our reef system and how we can help by eliminating or at least decreasing the numbers. Less than 20% of residents did not know that lion fish is edible and so tasty!

Fresh produce like lettuce, bok choy, cabbage and herbs from Hamanasi’s organic garden were on display and the team encouraged the benefits of backyard gardening and composting.

They also talked about the goals of each department within Hamanasi Resort and all the eco-friendly products that are used at the Resort.IMG_3160

The team also had lots of fun giving out some Prizes; all you had to do was answer an easy question to win a Hamanasi t-shirt, water bottles or a lunch voucher for the restaurant. 100 coconuts plants were given away to be planted. The feedback from the public was very positive and refreshing. Overall is was a successfully event for everyone

 

“2013 Hopkins Kite Fest”

SAM_0219On March 16th, 2013 Hopkins village had it’s 9th Annual Kite Fest and over 100 children participated between the ages of 6 – 14.  The kids came out with different sizes, colors and design kites and all were very creative.   It was another successful year and all the participants were awarded a small gift for participating along with a snack.   Most donations were done by the local business and resorts in Hopkins.  The winner was Tyrell Roches and his prize was a new beach cruiser bicycle.

The day was full with fun, local food and music.

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ January 2013″

“Exceptional without hampering an excellent vacation experience!”

Scott and Judith Lindquist, Minneapolis, MN

“Everything is top-notch here! One of the finest places we’ve ever stayed.”

Gary and Carol Gibbs, Elgin, IA

“I don’t think we could have thought of a better honeymoon if we tried! Fabulous trip.”

Corey and Kelly Gurkovich, Silver Spings, MD

“Our entire family had a fantastic time. Thank you to each staff member for creating such a warm, relaxing atmosphere.”

Robert Schussman and Family, Orinda, CA

“We enjoyed the eco-friendly nature of the facility; also the emphasis upon local sustainability.”

Greg and Tammy Clifton, Telluride, CO

“How in the world do you remember all the guest names? Nice people – personal touch.”

Darline Darr and Anne Croghan, Seattle, WA

“Wonderful staff, very personal (knew our names), attentive, responsible, conscientious, well trained, try very hard; you should be proud of them.”

Gordon Radley and Amy Fable

“Excellent service – very thoughtful, accommodating and friendly. Went out of the way to make our stay enjoyable.”

Zaid Haider and Aakanksha Pande, Washington, DC

“It was amazing! Everyone was so wonderful, couldn’t be better!”

Jason Pokorny and Family, Thiensville WI

“It was un…Belize…able!”

Barbara Sullivan, La Grange, IL

“Service was perfect – can’t think of anything to improve upon.”

Kristin and Andrew Tennessen