Hamanasi joins Earth Day 2012! Our Hamanasi team is dedicated to the environment. Everyone on the Hamanasi team has been inspired to plant a tree somewhere in Belize today. We in Belize are so blessed with a fabulous eco-system and we have a commitment to maintain our environment as mother earth intended. We wish all our friends every success with their individual efforts for Earth Day!
Young Andrew Herring upon arrival discovered a bougainvillea plant next to their beachfront room broke a branch, placed in a cup with water and decided that he will let his plant grow. He kept it in water for its roots to grow as he was determined to ensure that his plant did not die. On his departure we offered him to go and replant in our greenhouse which he was excited to do.
Mr. Desmond, one of our gardeners assisted Andrew in accomplishing his goal. It was a pleasure to have had Mr. Clarke Herring and family with us and we are all very proud of Andrew, that at his young age he is already thinking how to nurture a living organism. Our promise to Andrew is to ensure that his plant gets all the nutrients and water it needs to grow and keep him updated with his plant growth!
Our Organic Garden and Current Production
What is an organic garden? An area where plants are produced by obeying the laws of nature — Industrial pesticide and fertilizer use is disallowed in our garden – Naturally produced fertilizers such as ash, compost, manure and organically produced pesticides and herbicides are encouraged – Integrated pest management systems (IMPS) practices are applied to prevent and combat pests and diseases.
What are we producing? A small scale fruit and vegetable productions is now at full swing in our newly established organic garden. Healthier fruits, vegetables and herbs are now available for guests and staff in the restaurant and staff kitchen. Watermelon, cantaloupe, pine apple, papaya, carrots, passion fruit, green onions, peppermint and basil, just to name a few, are now in production.
We continue to have a fantastic 2012 for the animals in Hopkins, Sittee River and nearby villages. The Carroll County Vets Without Borders from Berryville, Arkansas, returned for their 5th visit to Hopkins! Dr. Tina Cone, Ramona Hambrick and Anita Beeson had a fantastically fun… and incredibly busy… trip to Belize. Over the course of four days of surgery (including one day when the air conditioning went out), the team was able to complete 18 spays, 17 neuters, a limb amputation, a femoral head ostectomy, dentals, a tumor removal, and entropion (eye surgery), several lacerations and over 80 exams! Amazing!
Tina, Ramona and Anita also made it by Saturday puppy class to help clean up the park, help hand out dog food (one of our best HBHS programs) and hand a few kids treats they had brought along with them. Hamanasi contributed once again to the HBHS program with accomodations, lunches and allowed the vets to take some time off from their busy schedule and go on one of our snorkeling trips to the Southern Barrier Reef.
Every time the Carroll County Vet team visits Hopkins, things go well. Old friends are reacquainted, and new ones made. As always, we look forward to their next visit.
In November, the Hopkins Belize Humane Society had free spay/neuter and treatment clinics with vet sisters, Dr. Linda Leavell and Dr. Lisa Kelly. In three days, the two vets performed just over 70 procedures, including spays/neuters, tumor removals, tooth extractions, and other much needed surgeries. Plus, over 40 exams and treatments. Including house calls done by HBHS representatives, over 130 animals were cared for in the November clinics.
HBHS is a very active organization. Vets from several countries have been to Hopkins to donate their services to Belize. In 2012, HBHS will have their busiest year of free vet clinics ever, hosting several new teams to the area, and many returning to Belize for second, third, and even fourth visits!
Hamanasi is proud to be a big supporter of HBHS! Through donating room and board, tours, jewelry sales, vehicle maintenance, and many other behind the scene assistance, Hamanasi is able to provide support for the people and animals of Hopkins, and surrounding villages. We invite our guests to bring donations for HBHS when you come to visit Hopkins, or make a donation while you are here to directly benefit HBHS.
Hamanasi Backpack Project Continues… Thanks to all our guest that made a contribution whether big or small towards our Pack Back Project. More than seven dozen of back packs filled with school supplies were distributed to the less fortunate children of the Hopkins Holy Family Primary School.
Thank again to all the loving contributors who helped this project to be a success!
Below is a selection of comments from guests at Hamanasi this October. From the Hamanasi staff to all our guests this last month, thanks for coming, we hope you had a great time and we can’t wait to have you back!
“Amazing resort and staff!”
Leanne and Andrew Kozel, Edmondton, Canada
A phenomenal job! Love the eco policy, the engagement with guest and building of awareness about local community. Also the way you invite guest to get involved.”
Charmaine Sealey, Barbados
“The hospitality was excellent. Thank you for making our time here so magical!”
Denyce and KarMulflur, Portland, OR
“We loved the remoteness and not dealing with big crowds.”
Jon and Teresa Larson, Ephraim, UT
“Love it! As Canadians, we really value the extra effort you take to recycle, compost, grow your own veggies and minimize the footprint…and love the soap dishes!”
Sunil and Kamini Mistry, Montreal, Canada
“Thank you for helping me escape the world for a week. It was not just service with a smile but with joy and kindness.”
Heather and Iner Colley, Atlanta, GA
“Everything was great – keep it up!”
A.B, Escondido, CA
“It was wonderful to have such an eco friendly atmosphere. Everyone who works here has an appreciation for the nature here in Belize and that was wonderful to see.”
Maeve and Ben Hodes, Kansas City, MO
“The service was exceptional. The staff was friendly and our family enjoyed the peaceful environment.”
Solangel Vasquez, Belize City
“Your staff was so kind and helpful. They genuinely care about us and really went out of their way to make sure our stay was great. We really appreciated all that they did for us- we will recommend you to all our friends, family and we will definitely be back!”
Ryan and Fadra McPhee, Brooklyn, NY
“It was 5 star all the way. Thanks for everything!”
Dean and Joanne Demers, Lake Forest, CA
A big THANK YOU to Dr. Mark Kimmins for his medical supplies donation to the Hopkins Clinic. On March 2011, Dr. Mark Kimmins and his father Hamish from Anchorage, Alaska stayed with us here at Hamanasi for a week. By faith, he came across the same path with Dr. Ojo on one of his relaxing afternoon. Dr. Ojo a general practitioner was born in Nigeria and has been in the country of Belize for the past thirteen years. He recently was transferred to Hopkins where he is incharge of the clinic and assists everyone from the village that seek medical attention. Mark told Dr. Ojo that he would like to donate some medical supplies for the Hopkins clinic and he would like to know what exactly are the items that are mostly needed. Aside from the daily usage of items like syringes, gloves, Dr. Ojo mention a pulse-odometer and a couple stethoscopes wo0uld be greatly appreciated.
On July, we received the medical supplies and Dr. Ojo was so grateful for this donation. Thanks again to Dr. Mark Kimmins and all our guests that continously support our Hopkins community.
Thanks to our entire guest that visited us for the month of September 2011. It was such a pleasure to have had you all with us and we hope that you had a great Hamanasi experience. We hope to see each and every one of you yet again. All the best from the Hamanasi Staff and Management!
‘Love everything about the resort. Nature is at your doorstep and love the environment friendliness of the resort.”
Savitha Sathyan and family, Jersey City, NJ
“Keep doing what you’re doing – don’t change the food!”
Jamie Riegel and Brian Stephens, Richmond, VA
“After a recent loss of my husband/dad in February, this trip was what our family needed to be able to start the healing process. Everyone went above and beyond our expectations! Not only did my boys and I become closer, the healing process for all 3 of us began. Thank you so much!”
Teresa, Cody and Caleb Young, Double Springs, AL
“It was excellent!”
Thomas and Andrea Messinger, San Dimas, CA
“We wished we could have stayed longer. The service was perfect.”
Gail Sigel and Charina Chatman, Hanover, MD
“It was just right, and for someone like me I felt so welcome. I look forward to returning as soon as I can!”
Austin Kuhrmeyer, Allston, MA