Project:  Refugees and Asylum Seekers

in Belize

Project Overview

There are over 6,000 refugees within the country of Belize, yet presently only 28 of them are recognized. The project seeks to increase the capacities of 100 Persons of Concern* in Bella Vista Village in Toledo District, through enhanced knowledge of their rights and access to essential services, information, opportunities, and basic needs.  


*Persons of Concern (PoC) include: refugees, returnees, stateless people, the internally displaced and asylum-seekers.

The project will work directly with 50 adults,

30 youth (ages 13-20) and 20 children (ages 2-12).

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Overall Objective

To contribute to building the resilience, inclusion, and integration of PoCs in Belize.

Specific Objective

To foster the attainment of human rights of PoC through capacity building, access to services and livelihood opportunities, awareness-raising activities and spaces for information and recreation.

Key Activities and Deliverables

To raise knowledge and awareness about PoCs rights, services, and opportunities, the project will:

  • Produce and distribute information, communication, and education (IEC) materials to share with PoCs and other community members. IEC materials will be made available at training sessions, schools, hospitals, community and health centers, local government offices, and police departments.
  • Organize two large-scale community events tailored for families and community members of all ages and walks of life.

  • Carry-out two sensitization sessions for community members to provide information about project activities and results as well as to foster mutual understanding and gain support from community members. 


To increase the academic and professional capacity of PoCs, the project will:

  • Purchase equipment, furniture, and materials to provide a place for participants to access information, internet service, training, and after-school programmes.
  • Offer English as a second language, literacy and numeracy classes and training sessions on human rights, health, hygiene, water, sanitation, and nutrition for 5O adults and train 30 adults and adolescents (at least 50% female) to learn a skill/trade to start their own business or to find a job. 

  • Provide an after-school literacy programme for 40 children and adolescents (between the ages of 5 and 20). The programme is centered on literacy information, home-work assistance, life skills training, games, and activities related to self-esteem, conflict management, peer pressure, among others. Fifteen youths from within the community will participate in youth-friendly sexual reproductive health training that includes information on safe practices, family planning and distribution of contraceptive measures.

  • Implement a preschool preparation summer programme for 20 infants ages 2 to 5 in the month of August for two weeks. The programme will inform parents of the importance of sending their children to preschool and allow infants to participate in the most crucial part of education, which is play, developing fine and gross motor skills.
  • Build a playground for children at Bella Vista Village.


To share information on the project; gain input and support; to provide sensitization on current legal system, living conditions, and needs of PoCs; and to avoid duplication of efforts, the project will:

  • Facilitate two knowledge management events with key stakeholders. Key stakeholders will include local authorities, village council, school staff and administration, women groups, youth groups, farmers clubs, CSOs and CBOs working in the area and law enforcement, immigration officers and police.


During project implementation, HPPB will collaborate with:

  • Community volunteers
  • Bella Vista Village Council
  • Help for Progress
  • Immigration and the Refugees Department
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Human Development
  • Police Department
  • RET International

Time Frame

Start: August 2019

End: December 2019

Duration: 5 months

The project is funded by

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