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The Need

Belize is known as the Jewel of the Caribbean. The only English-speaking country in Central America, Belize has a warm and welcoming population of only 380,000 people. With a per capita income of less than $8,000US, many families find food and education beyond their means. Churches and schools often do not have all the resources needed to serve their families and communities in a way that sufficiently meets their needs.

Belize At A Glance

Climate Tropical

Current Temp: 89°

Population

385,850

Religion

85.7% Christian

Language

English

Region

Central America

Belize Information

Religion

85.7% Christian

Poverty

41% live below the poverty line

Human development index

103/189

Currency

$1 USD = 2 Belizean Dollars (BZD)

Demographics

The influx of Central American immigrants, mainly Guatemalans, Salvadorans, and Hondurans, has changed Belize’s ethnic composition. Mestizos (people of mixed blood, specifically American Indian and European) have become the largest ethnic group, and Belize now has more native Spanish speakers than English or Creole speakers, despite English being the official language.

Economy

Tourism is the number one foreign exchange earner in this small economy. Although Belize has the third highest per capita income in Central America, the average income figure masks a huge income disparity between the rich and poor.