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Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2019. 10:48 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Belize Camping Experience (BCE), the faith-based organization that hosts the Harvest for Kids initiative, hosted its first-ever sugarcane harvest in a new project entitled “Machetes for Peace.”

BCE Director, Alexander Perez, explained that a farmer in San Jose, Orange Walk, donated five acres of a 20-acre plot, towards the initiative. The harvest yielded some 29 tonnes of cane per acre, and all the money made from the sale of that cane will be used to fund summer camps and other initiatives geared towards helping at-risk youths in Belize.

“That is amazing because even though the sugarcane farmers are in crisis, this farmer still gave of what he had. This speaks volumes to me,” Perez said.

He added that the farmers named the initiative “Machetes for Peace” to symbolize the importance of hard work. The farmers wanted the 17 children that witnessed the harvest to know that with the hard work that comes from those machetes, sugarcane farmers are able to harvest Belize’s largest export crop and bring immense benefits to the country’s economy.

Perez said that the BCE is looking for more farmers to collaborate with on another sugarcane harvest to continually support the work of reaching at-risk youths.

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