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Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2019. 1:27 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Nine children from Salvation Army Primary School were given the gift of education this morning as the community organization, Children First and Last Belize (CFAL), gave them scholarships which cover the cost of their education.

CFAL, which is run entirely by volunteers, handed over the scholarships at a brief ceremony held at the Salvation Army Church on Orange Street this morning. The scholarships were issued to children between Infant 2 and Standard 5 and will be renewed annually provided that the recipients pass and are promoted. The organization also donated school bags with school supplies to the recipients.

Evadney Glenn, principal at Salvation Army Primary School, said that the recipients were chosen from a list of 20 students, who were identified by the staff as being the neediest of the assistance.

Paul Lecky, president of CFAL, said that the donation has a dollar value of roughly $1,000 but the impact it can have extends beyond money.

“If we can empower our children, get them educated, then we can empower the nation,” Lecky said.

Since its creation in 2013, CFAL Belize has done several projects including giving Christmas dinner to hundreds of children, over 150 families, an “Air for Schools” project which gave two fans for each classroom to a Belize City school, donated over $10,000 worth of books to a school in Spanish Lookout and held training sessions with the teachers among other initiatives.

The organization is holding talks with the Salvation Army to see how else it can assist the school.

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