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Students start 2023 with new classrooms and supplies in Central America

Donations from the Church help in Belize, Guatemala and Nicaragua

Donations and service projects from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have meant new furnishings and brighter surroundings for several schools in three countries.

In Belize, the Church donated materials and labor to help finish three schools in the Orange Walk and Cayo districts. The donations included desks, whiteboards and paint, reported the Church’s Belize Newsroom.

Members of the Church volunteered to paint the three schools, and the local communities raised funds to finish electrical and other work — benefiting more than 300 students.

President Leovany Lopez, first counselor in the El Salvador San Salvador West/Belize Mission presidency, represented the Church and spoke at the donation ceremony. School officials thanked the Church for its support to the staff, students and community. 

In Guatemala, the Church donated hundreds of desks, tables, chairs and blackboards for 12 public educational centers in the city of Melchor de Mencos in Petén — improving the learning environment for 1,400 students, reported the Church’s Guatemala Newsroom.

Volunteers unload classroom supplies and furniture in Melchor de Mencos, Petén, Guatemala
Volunteers unload classroom supplies and furniture in Melchor de Mencos, Petén, Guatemala, on Nov. 25, 2022. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Erick Daroli García, first counselor in the Melchor de Mencos Branch of the San Benito Guatemala Stake said the Church places great importance on education, motivating members to support schools like those in the area. 

He quoted Doctrine and Covenants 88:118: “Yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.”

Amilza Rodriguez, director of one of the schools, expressed her gratitude to the Church for the donation, saying the tables, chairs and desks will allow teachers and students to comfortably teach and learn in class.

In Nicaragua, young single adults in the Managua Nicaragua Bello Horizonte Stake planted trees at different high schools in Managua. 

They were joined by students from the University of Commercial Sciences and the Calasanz College of Managua. The Church’s Nicaragua Newsroom said that for the young single adults, it was satisfying to participate in a type of activity that helped them better the environment.

Young single adults in the Managua Nicaragua Bello Horizonte Stake plant trees at a local high school in Managua, Nicaragua, Oct. 7, 2022. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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