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To Help Kids In Belize, Kids School Furniture Will Be Donated

Amherst’s soon-to-be-demolished elementary schools will have kids school furniture gathered and headed for a new home.

These will be moved to Belize, which is a tiny Central American country on the borders of Guatemala and Mexico on the Caribbean Sea, nearly 3000 miles away.

In Berrien Springs, Michigan, Vern Byrd is the COO in Andrews University Center for Youth Evangelism.

He made a bid on some desks, especially when the Amherst Schools held an auction last May. It offered unused kids school furniture from Shupe and Harris elementaries.

Building and ground supervisor for the district, Chuck Grimmet said, “When he found out they were relocating to a building in Belize, I decided that we can give more to the effort.”

The auction earned a substantial $17000, with a net around $13000 after it derived from auction fees.

According to Grimmet, once he was able to evaluate what was left, he planned that Amherst can give more to Byrd’s cause.

He was able to discover an old athletic equipment, which was about to be thrown away, but can be useful to the children in poor Belize.

There were also 200 unused Amherst athletic association t-shirts to give, and without realizing it, Byrd’s cause was filled to the brim.

After Christmas, the kids school furniture will be donated to Belize.

Belize is a poor country which gets its income from tourism, bananas, sugar, industrial minerals and oil exports. It has a huge wealth gap, leaving major parts of the country in deep poverty, especially in rural areas where the main production is agriculture.

In 2009, amidst the worldwide recession, the poverty rate of the country hit 41%. After that, the economy started to recover but on an unequal footing for those having and having not; however, the poverty level remained unchanged.

Unemployment is unbelievably high at 24%, and along with the excessive economic hardships, you can find violence.

The youngsters are among the hardest hit by poverty in the country. Grimmet claims that Byrd has done some mission trips to Belize to help these kids, which is why a new school will be built here. And this will need kids school furniture for the kids to learn.

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