Consolidated Container Shipping service
 
Have you ever wanted to donate things (school supplies, computers, medical equipment, sports clothing, etc.) to your favorite Belizean non-profit (e.g. school, rotary club, village, etc.) but were overwhelmed by the shipping logistics and costs, handling customs, and delivering your donation?  This service addresses those issues.
 
Believe in Belize has partnered again with MESA / RCI (a Rotary District 6600 nonprofit / education project).  This time, Believe in Belize will provide major funding (US $6,500) to help cover the cost of shipping a 40 ft. container to Belize during the Spring of 2022 (assuming COVID19 does not continue to derail plans).  RCI will use it for their resource center deployment to about 20 schools and we will use it for individuals or organizations that want to ship material to their favorite non-profit.
 
With this arrangement we are able to provide a secure, easy, and cost effective way to ship donated items to Belize.
 
How MESA will support this service:
 
  1. Accept/Manage approved donations to their warehouse in Ohio (in person drop off or through shipments, e.g. from donor location, Amazon, Target, etc.).
    • Reserve the right to open and inspect all packages.
    • Any item not deemed shippable to Belize (as listed further down this page) will be returned to the sender at their expense, or destroyed if sender refuses return.
  2. Issue Tax receipt (upon request) to the donor confirming donation was received.  However, the donor, not MESA, is responsible for the valuation of what is donated.
  3. Obtain needed tax waivers for all the content of the shipping container.
  4. Ship the container to Belize.
  5. Work with a local Rotary club to receive and secure the container before the content's distribution to the beneficiaries.
 
An individual or organization interested in using this service:
 
A) Starts by emailing us at Container@believeinbelize.org with the following information:
 
Donor Information: Name, email address, phone number
 
Beneficiary Information:
MUST be a non-profit in Belize. For example, Rotary Club, School, Village Council. If donating to multiple non-profits you MUST send a separate email for each one.
 
Organization Name, Website URL and/or Facebook page (if one exists), Address (landmark or street or village, etc.
Pont of Contact: Name, email address, phone number
 
Donation Information:
General idea of what is being donated
Estimated value in US$ of what is being donated
Estimated space needed in cubic feet
 
Suggestions for estimating space needed:
1) Add the volume (width x length x height) of each item you are donating.
2) Imaging the size of a box needed (width, length, height) to hold your donations. The estimate of the space needed is width x length x height.
 
B) We will review the email and contact the donor to:
  • Address any issues / obtain additional information.
  • Provide an address and authorize the donation to be delivered to the warehouse in Ohio.
  • NOTE:  All donations must be received at the warehouse by February 1st, 2022.  Late donations will be returned to the sender at their expense, or used for other donation purposes at MESA's discretion if sender refuses return.
 
The following items will not be accepted - X Ray equipment, vehicles and anything gasoline driven (like generators), liquids, prescription medicines, anything that is out of date, food, large batteries (used for solar systems), anything under pressure, anything labeled 'hazardous material', weapons/ammunitions, and pornographic material.
 
Questions or Comments?
Please email us at Container@believeinbelize.org.