Did You Know?

  • School in Belize is free through the 8th grade, but the cost of uniforms and books is often beyond the reach of many families

  • After 8th grade, families have to pay for private schooling for their children

  • The free government controlled healthcare system suffers from a chronic lack of adequate funding, resources, and personnel

  • In this small country, 43% of the population lives below the poverty line, with 17% in an extreme state of deprivation

  • Minimum wage in Belize is $3.30 BZ ($1.65 US)