The Centre For Community Resource Development (CCRD) was founded in July 2010 in response to the rapidly rising tide of violence in many forms in Belize City. While violent crime is a complex phenomenon, and no quick and easy solutions exist, we focus our efforts in four key strategic areas in an effort to combat its root causes:
• We enhance social capital in Belize City by organizing neighbourhood communities around their assets and common visions.
• We increase access to services and other resources in the wider community by networking with governmental and private service providers.
• We help vulnerable youth find access to jobs through job training and job placement.
• We strengthen Belize’s workforce by forming young men and women, who are responsible and take pride in their work.
Project HEAL (Hope Education Altering Lives)
Project HEAL is aimed at providing a fully functional counseling centre and various programs for the St. Martin De Pores Primary School students. This Project provides students with wellness and counselling services aimed at maximizing their personal growth. Services provided through Project HEAL include a wide variety of preventive, curative, and psycho-educational activities; this is mainly done through play therapy. Students can access counselling services by: parent or teacher or administrator filling out a referral form or by walking- in to the center requesting services.
In September 2013 Project Heal launched a literacy program called the Academy of Reading for the school. The Academy of Reading Program is a computer-assisted literacy intervention program for struggling readers. Additionally an Extended day Program was launched for 60 students in the top three classes (20 each from Standards 4-6). These students have an extended of day of two additional hours for four days a week and an extended year of 11 months. This time is spent utilizing the Academy of Reading software, Art Program, Remedial Reading, Homework time, and engaging in extracurricular activities with an emphasis on music, art, athletics and technology.
The goal is to expand the Extended day Program every academic year so that a broader base of students can benefit from the program. Project HEAL hopes this program will lead to greater academic success and a brighter future for the students at St. Martin’s.
St. Vincent De Paul
Mission inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent De Paul catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually, by offering person- to- person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanm, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.
As a reflection of the family of God, Members, who are known as Vincentians, are from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic rule. Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice.
The society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them Vincentians see the face of Christ. The Acting President of The St. Martin de Porres conference is Bro. Bois Panton. Other members also include Bernard Panton, Sharon Cooper, Fabiana Scott, Deleta Sabal, Juliana Arana, Ivy Martinez, Steven Sabal, Michael Coye, Salustina Sanse, Evelyn Flowers, Earl Grinage, Joan Palacio, and MaryBeth Jamarillo.
Our Motto is “Spiritual friends coming together to join as one with Christ.”
The St. Martin’s Youth Group consists of twenty children ranging from eleven (11) to twenty (21) years old, and meets each Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30p.m. Our youth group executive comprises of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and a Public Relations Officer. The foundation of meetings are prayer and daily readings, and each meeting begins with an icebreaker to relax and energize the children.
We try to create a comfortable, inviting, and upbeat atmosphere so the children can feel that something special is happening at all meetings. We also try to offer good leadership and an organized well run- program. Our group has amazing social outings, retreats (including cave tubing, zip lining, movie night, game night, and sports activities). Our aim is to make events memorable and fun for participants. Fundraisers are held regularly to support the Groups social activities and youths are responsible for leading Mass twice every three months; this includes doing the readings, taking up the offertory, doing a meditation, and participating in other parts of the Mass.
Youth group members also have the opportunity to do inspiring outreach programs such as visiting the elderly, feeding the poor, etc., and engagement and inclusion is fostered through the assignment of small jobs in and around the parish.
Mission Statement: Youth of Parish to experience the magical feeling you have when you are with someone who loves you. The youths get a chance to get in touch with their deeper self and be sustained in life by knowing that they are loved by God through each other and Jesus Christ. We want them to bond with one another and share the gift of God’s love and to give that love in service to others who need love. Youths doing their part to make the world a place of peace and love.
Chirp – Christ Renew His Parish
Parish Life Committee
The Parish Life Committee is responsible for the social life of the parish. Its members are: Chairlady – Catherine Santos, Vice Chairlady – Daphne Benguche, and other members including Debbie Ordonez, Earline Cooper, Mason Halliday, and Isolene Enriquez. The Committee organizes and plans trips, spearheads meet and greets with parishioners after mass three to four times annually, organizes special events for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, along with other events such as movie nights, Bingo nights, sports day, campfires, celebrations on St. Martin de Porres Feast Day, etc. The Committee also spearheads parish fundraisers such as the annual turkey dinner for the St. Martin’s school fair, and the annual Tea Party.