Believe in Belize (believeinbelize.org) is an all volunteer non-profit with the main focus of implementing projects and providing services in the country of Belize.  We began operations on January 1st, 2018 as an unincorporated non-profit.  The goal of the organization is to provide a place for individuals and organizations who share a common interest in helping with the development of the country of Belize.
 
On April 17, 2018 we incorporated in the State of Maryland, USA as a non-profit business named Believe in Belize, Inc.
 
On March 26, 2019 we officially became an organization Exempt under IRC 501(c) (3) and classified as a public charity under IRC 170 (b) (1) (A) (vi). Our effective date of exemption is April 17, 2018.
 
 
Find us at:
 
IRS - Tax Exempt Organization Search - Use EIN 82-3524490, https://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/
 
At inception, Believe in Belize consisted of three co-founders (husband, wife and daughter), Nabil, Kareen and Lucy.  They represent the initial Board of Directors (BoD).  The plan is to grow the BoD to seven members.
 
The BoD is responsible for staffing the organization over the next few months.
 
BoD decisions will be based on a simple majority of its members, except the removal of a co-founder which will require the unanimous approval of all the members (except the person being voted on). 
 
The operating philosophy of Believe in Belize will be that of maximum transparency, in compliance with US and Belizean laws, and protect sensitive matter related to personnel.
I will never complain about homework again. It happened in 2014 when I had the opportunity to travel to Belize for a family vacation. In this beautiful country packed with adventure and culture, I learned that education is expensive for many Belizean families partly because of the cost of compulsory uniform and supplies.  Upon learning that items as simple as a notebook and pencil can give a child an opportunity to go to school, I knew exactly what I wanted to do to help.
 
I started a club called "Believe in Belize" at my High School in September 2014.  Through contact with the local Rotary Club (of which my father was a member), we were able to get in touch with the principal of St. John's Anglican School in Placencia, Belize. He told us that the school has a great deal of need and sent us a list of their most needed supplies.
 
I returned to Belize the following summer with lots of school supplies and volunteered at the school. What would happen to the literacy rate in Belize if the larger community began to support education in Belize? The global social and economic benefits of expanding literacy are undeniable: eradicate poverty, address gender inequality, and create sustainable development, to name a few.
 
In the words of Malala Yousafzai "One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world."