Valley of Peace:
During the Salvadorian revolution in the 1980's many persecuted people fled their country in search of a place to raise their families. Without home or country, the United Nations stepped in and purchased land from the Belizean government. Each family was granted two acres and a corrugated steel roof to settle under.
25 years later, The Valley of Peace is a bucolic family community that has fallen on hard times, with many living well below the poverty line. TWAW has come along side the leaders of this community and a vibrant partnership is at hand (The Valley of Peace Partners). We raised funds to rebuild several homes and worked side-by-side in the effort. With your support we’ve provided food for families in need, scholarships to keep children clothed and in school, support for Valley churches, and supplies to keep schools operating.
And we've developed great and lasting friendships along the way... A dear brother, and owner of Banana Bank Lodge & Jungle Equestrian Adventure (www.bananabank.com), John Carr, has many friends in The Valley and has introduced us to church, school and civic leaders. John has modeled Jesus for us, his employees and friends in The Valley through his own sacrificial giving.
On the outskirts of Belize City, 2000 people have made their homes in shacks over a swamp adjacent to a cemetery. In the aftermath of Hurricane Keith, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church of Belize offered emergency relief to this community. They began with basic assistance of food and clothing. Their evangelistic efforts have resulted in the birth of a new church, Unity Presbyterian Church. After significant effort and prayer, the government of Belize granted 2.05 acres of swampland to Unity Presbyterian Church Belize. With the help of TWAW and many US churches, the church building was completed in 2007. 2/3 acre has been filled, where the church structure now stands. This church has become a beacon of hope for the people in this community.