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
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41% live below the poverty line
Human Development Index:
Compares health/life expectancy, education and per capita income to measure a country’s average achievement in terms of human development.
$1 USD = 2 Belizean Dollars (BZD)
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.
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.
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