We are thrilled to be members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make an impact in the community at your travel destination. If you are able to help fulfill the wish lists for organizations in need, you’ll make a difference in the local communities.
As part of Pack for a Purpose, we are partnering with two San Pedro organizations:
1. The mission of Saga Humane Society is “to replace cruelty with kindness to all animals.” They do this by supplying medical care and shelter to animals in need, subsidizing veterinary care to low income families, and operating animal adoption and public education programs. Their vision is to build a permanent animal clinic/education center in Ambergris Caye and continue working toward a long term solution to end animal abuse, neglect and overpopulation.
Please click here to see what’s on their wishlist. If you wish to bring any item with you in to Belize, please note that you may be asked to pay duty on it as you go through customs (yes, even if the items are used and/or for donations; only donations to schools–see below–are exempt). Alternatively, you can purchase some of these items in Belize or consider a financial donation by clicking here.
2. Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES) is a privately run non-profit school serving 116 students on Ambergris Caye. ACES focuses on quality education by providing a low student to teacher ratio, interventions, remedial help and extracurricular activities. Fundraisers are constantly being held but resources are limited, which places the burden of purchasing school supplies on the parents or the teachers themselves. Your help of donating materials would lessen the burden on teachers and parents and ensure that students have adequate supplies to help enhance their education. ACES’s goal is to continue to grow and provide the children of Ambergris Caye with a quality education.
Please click here to see what’s on their wishlist. Items brought in to Belize as donations to schools are exempt from duty. If asked about the school donations when entering the country, please explain to the Customs Office that the items are for Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES) in San Pedro and there should not be a problem. On request, ACES will issue a letter confirming the donations you are bringing (please contact Barbara at Sunset Beach Resort directly about this at least a month prior to your arrival). Alternatively, you can purchase some of these items in Belize and/or consider a financial donation by clicking here.
Note on donated goods: When bringing donations in to Belize and where practical, remove all packaging/wrappings, as it reduces the impression that you intend to resell the items (which, unfortunately, is something that some people do even when saying they are bringing items in to the country as donations). Again, only donations for schools are officially exempt from duty (see above).
Rosa or our on site staff will help make sure your in-kind donations get to the humane society and/or the school.
Thank you for your help!
P.S. If you’d like to walk the shelter dogs while on the island, just contact or stop by Saga Humane Society!