Hope Haven Childrens Home in Belize

$30,861 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 139 people in 18 months
Brittney ODaniel
on behalf of Eric Beymer
 DALLAS, TX
Update: November 11, 2017

On November 4, 2017, donors and supporters gathered at the site of Hope Haven to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for the official launch of the community center (SHINE Center on the ground floor).


The SHINE Center is the new home for Colleen's Kitchen (San Pedro Food Bank), along with artisan craft days and the SHINE program. The SHINE Center will also provide children's play therapy, adult counseling services, and will host community events such as seminars and training programs.


The second floor is near completion, and will officially open its doors to serve as a children's home as soon as January. We are currently applying the finishing touches and require just a bit more to make sure that we pass our inspection by the Belize Department of Human Development.

We have just a few items left on our wishlist, and will require ongoing expenses to keep the home and community cenater operational.


We are very excited to have launched the SHINE Center with all of your support, so thank you very much!! We could not have done this without you!

If you find it in your hearts to help us achieve our final touches for Hope Haven, please feel free to share this page with your friends and family.


For a full list of what we still require to complete the center for inspection, please message us on our facebook page at www.fb.me/raisemeupbelize

Again, we thank each and every one of your for your support, and would love to invite you for a tour of our facility. Please let us know when you're available so we can walk you through it! We love and appreciate you!



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Update: July 7, 2017

It is with a heavy heart that our board shares the news of the senseless death of a minor. 13-year old Faye Lin Cannon was found unresponsive, and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crime. A post-mortem later showed that she had been the victim of sexual and physical abuse. This was more-than-likely an ongoing situation.

WE NEED OUR SHELTER NOW. We need a safe haven for children on the island. We need counseling services. We need children's therapy. And we will have it soon. But how can we help protect children if there is nowhere for them to go?

We are working as fast as our funds allow us to, but building a shelter for the country comes at a cost. Your donations could help, and every single dollar that you donate will go towards the launch of Hope Haven, the island's first children's shelter. So now is the time to step up. If you've been thinking about donating money, materials, or time, please reach out to us.

Let's help prevent senseless deaths like this from happening in the future. We need you, and we need you now.

Please help.

**Please note as we can only withdraw go fund me into a US account we use Eric Beymer's account and he gives the money to us (without taking any fees)
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On the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize, host to nearly 25,000 residents, foster care services are desperately needed. This project, Hope Haven, will be the first children's home on the island, and we are currently raising funds for completion of the first phase of this project, which is the renovation and construction of the building that was generously donated by San Pedro Lions Club.

Won't you please consider making a donation to this cause? Every amount makes a difference. If a monetary donation is not possible for you, please read below on how you can volunteer your services and time.

To provide full transparency, and to reassure you that Raise Me Up is a reputable organization, we have released our financial report for 2016, which can be viewed or downloaded here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3itWUZot6gXdlpkc3RiWWNlV00/view

Hope Haven is a joint venture between Raise Me Up  (NGO, Belize), San Pedro Lions Club  and S.H.I.N.E.


The children's shelter will reside on the second story of the building, while the ground floor will offer community service, including emergency placement and outpatient counseling for domestic abuse victims, a food bank, mental health services, and play therapy and educational services for the fostered children. In addition, Hope Haven will house the SHINE Center, which will focus on the empowerment of at-risk youths.


Construction began officially in February of 2017, and the infrastructure and framing of the children's shelter (upstairs) has been completed!

Volunteers are always welcomed, and the building is available to view for progress from Monday through Saturday, 8am to 6pm. To volunteer, please send a message to Brittney via our Facebook page.
 
Raise Me Up (RMU) is a registered NGO in Belize (2015), located in San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye.  Originally a group who excelled at helping organize fundraisers and putting on events, the founders of RMU realized the need and the ability for a small non-profit to be formed that could efficiently and effectively meet needs in the community.

Raise Me Up board members:
Dee Regis, Kaitlin McWhorter, Brittney O'Daniel and Jodie Bowen.

SHINE board members:
Britney Travis and Michelle Nunez.

Hope Haven additional board members:
Melanie Paz, Flora Acona and Marlene Houghton.

Raise Me Up's other current projects include:

San Pedro Food Bank: Offers weekly food distribution to (on average) of 40 families as well as plans to move to the shelter and offer a daily feeding program at several elementary schools for qualified students.


Literacy Program: 20 volunteers are organized to give one-on-one tutoring, anywhere from 1-3 hours per student, for 60+ children with reading difficulties at Holy Cross Elementary School.


San Pedro Kids Club: With over 3,600 school aged children on the island and very little availability of after school programs, in October of 2016, SPKC began offering free sports, crafts and tutoring Mondays-Thursdays during the school term.

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On November 4, 2017, donors and supporters gathered at the site of Hope Haven to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for the official launch of the community center (SHINE Center on the ground floor).

The SHINE Center is the new home for Colleen's Kitchen (San Pedro Food Bank), along with artisan craft days and the SHINE program. The SHINE Center will also provide children's play therapy, adult counseling services, and will host community events such as seminars and training programs.

The second floor is near completion, and will officially open its doors to serve as a children's home as soon as January. We are currently applying the finishing touches and require just a bit more to make sure that we pass our inspection by the Belize Department of Human Development.

We have just a few items left on our wishlist, and will require ongoing expenses to keep the home and community cenater operational.

We are very excited to have launched the SHINE Center with all of your support, so thank you very much!! We could not have done this without you!

If you find it in your hearts to help us achieve our final touches for Hope Haven, please feel free to share this page with your friends and family.

For a full list of what we still require to complete the center for inspection, please message us on our facebook page at www.fb.me/raisemeupbelize

Again, we thank each and every one of your for your support, and would love to invite you for a tour of our facility. Please let us know when you're available so we can walk you through it! We love and appreciate you!
Mayor Guerrero & Minister Heredia
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It is with a heavy heart that our board shares the news of the senseless death of a minor. 13-year old Faye Lin Cannon was found unresponsive, and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crime. A post-mortem later showed that she had been the victim of sexual and physical abuse. This was more-than-likely an ongoing situation.

WE NEED OUR SHELTER NOW. We need a safe haven for children on the island. We need counseling services. We need children's therapy. And we will have it soon. But how can we help protect children if there is nowhere for them to go?

We are working as fast as our funds allow us to, but building a shelter for the country comes at a cost. Your donations could help, and every single dollar that you donate will go towards the launch of Hope Haven, the island's first children's shelter. So now is the time to step up. If you've been thinking about donating money, materials, or time, please reach out to us.

We thank each and every one of you who have donated to the cause already; we are not asking for more donations from you (although every dollar will help), but please help us by spreading the word to anyone who may want to help this cause.

Let's help prevent senseless deaths like this from happening in the future. We need you, and we need you now.

Please help.

(Note: Eric Beymer is our United States funds representative, as we do not currently have a bank account established in the US. He will withdraw and transfer the entire balance [he is not taking any fees] to Raise Me Up in Belize)
Hope Haven Board Members on site
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We are happy to report that the upstairs is almost completed! This week we will be tiling the bathrooms and installing baseboards!

We are now working on downstairs space! We have started construction of the downstairs bathrooms and completed the demo work. This week Danny will be coming by to cut out all of the windows and install the new ones! We will finally have light in the dark downstairs and we are all super excited!

We also finished getting the outside ready for paint and re plastered the entire downstairs building! It is finally starting to look like what we have been dreaming about!

Of course we still need your support and donations!

No amount is too small, we have a lot of materials to still purchase!

Thank you so much everyone!!
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*Please note Go Fund Me requires a US bank account so we will be withdrawing into Eric Beymer's account and he is withdrawing here in Belize and gives to  us.  Thank you!
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17 months ago

Say hello to my friends Laji Nunez Jr. and Sr.!

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18 months ago

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$500
Margo Haley
1 month ago

to help with fire victims

$50
Shaylene Todd
3 months ago

I was in Belize City yesterday and I saw a homeless lady on the road side- she looked about 8 months pregnant. It broke my heart to assume the life this child was being born into. I'm glad there are organizations like yours.

SZ
$200
Susan Zacharias
4 months ago

God bless the work and service for His glory!! thank you for your vision to serve God's people!

KS
$100
Katrina Seery
7 months ago

In memory of Maureen Carroll

GD
$50
Gary Derrick
8 months ago

In memory of for Michelle Parker

SS
$50
Steven Scherpenberg
9 months ago

In loving memory of Michelle Parker

SM
$200
Shelby & Karin Miller
9 months ago

In memory of Michelle Parker

JM
$200
Jack and Cristy Miller
9 months ago

In loving memory of Michelle Parker

BP
$25
Betty Plough
9 months ago

This donation is my Christmas gift to Sandy Brooks and her family.

TG
$100
Tarri Grover
9 months ago

What a beautiful place! God Bless!

Roselyn Pierce
17 months ago

Say hello to my friends Laji Nunez Jr. and Sr.!

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