Hurricane Earl, which made landfall south of Belize City just after being upgraded to a Category 1 Hurricane last Thursday, August 4, 2016, resulted in major flooding in the central and coastal areas of Belize. Belize City and surrounding villages were among the most affected.

“I am very concerned about three schools in particular that have major damage to roofs or major water damage,” says Sister Barbara Flores, general manager of Belize Catholic Public Schools. She was reached by Skype yesterday.

The concern is that if they do not get the roofs of schools repaired children cannot be in those classrooms on the first day of school. “Bishop Glancy and I had a meeting yesterday with pastors of parishes, local managers and principals of areas more severely affected. I must admit I was a bit overwhelmed. A couple of principals brought in estimates. Given the damage in some of those schools it is difficult to conceive of classes resuming for them on Sept. 5.”

The other area of need is with families on the south side and in rural Belize District who lost everything. Some had begun to put aside uniforms, school bags, shoes, and school supplies in preparation for the new school year. They lost their homes or roofs and therefore everything in it.


Sisters of Charity of Nazareth respond

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are accepting donations to be used to assist the people of Belize with food, roofing, and home repairs due to flooding and damage to property. Please continue to hold all in Belize in your prayers and continued support.


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