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U.S Team assist Eden Seventh Day Adventist Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 March 2019 00:00

A 30-member team of volunteers from the McDonald Road Seventh Day Adventist Church in the United States of America fanned out on the grounds of the Eden Seventh Day Adventist Primary School in Santa Elena on Tuesday to undertake a number of works to improve the school. Some of the volunteers were painting, and others building a walkway on Tuesday morning. They arrived in Belize on Thursday of last week.

The team from the youth mission group based in Tennessee has been working for at least ten days a year for the last 13 years at Eden Primary. So far, they have built a number of picnic tables on the school grounds of SDA.

“The kids love them,” says Daryl Ford, team director, pointing to a number of the picnic tables in the background.  She estimates that the mission group is spending some ten thousand U.S dollars at Eden this year. “We do take the kids for a couple of outings. All work and no play is not so good. We just love coming down here; this is I guess our home away from home. In some ways, when we come back the people here basically say ‘welcome home’ because we have been coming for so many years and have had that time to interact with them.”

Principal of the SDA Tharine Gabourel is ecstatic about her Christian brothers and sisters from the U.S. “I feel very pleased, very thankful, very honored for the work that this group has been doing at the school over the years; they have been working with us for approximately 13 years, and I could see their footprints, their finger prints all over this campus.”

The Tennessee group leaves Belize on Sunday, but before they leave, children and their families are expected to interact with them. Colleagues from the McDonald Road Seventh Day Adventist Church will also be doing volunteer work in Africa this summer.