Help for Progress is an NGO that acts as an agent of change to support the development of rural communities in Belize.

We work for the empowerment and protection of people, for gender equality, and for the elimination of poverty.

We carry out our work through training, microcredit services, community development and advocacy.


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A Call for Support of a Bi-National Initiative in the
Belize - Guatemala "Adjacency Zone"

Impact Analysis Reports
Cacao     Redazco     Honey

All negotiations to reach a just, amicable and durable solution to the "Anglo - Guatemalan" dispute, now the "Belize - Guatemala Territorial Differendum", have proven unsuccessful. The most recent negotiation was a set of Proposals from Facilitators presented to the OAS on 30th August 2002, which were rejected by Guatemala. This action then prompted instituting "confidence building" measures on 7th September 2005.

In answering the call for "confidence building measures" announced by the Governments of Belize and Guatemala in 2005, Help for Progress then embarked on a series of activities. One such activity involved the creation of the "Friends of the Cooperation Zone Network: Belize & Guatemala'"or "Red de Amigos de la Zona de Cooperacion (REDAZCO)." REDAZCO is comprised of six communities from Belize and twelve from Guatemala which all lie within the "adjacency zone". (Please note that community members from both Belize & Guatemala opted to call the area "Cooperation" rather than "Adjacency" zone.)

The objective of REDAZCO or the network is to develop a forum within a democratic framework, for discussion, analysis and evaluation of issues related to:

  • Productive sector (cacao, beekeeping)
  • Culture (Retrieval & Maya Spirituality)
  • Human development
  • Gender
  • Conflict resolution
  • Environment and natural resources
  • Sports
for the Cooperation Zone: Belize & Guatemala. REDAZCO also seeks to foster peace, friendship, understanding and cooperation in the zone.

Since 2005, Help for Progress has been promoting cross-border activities through the production of cacao in conjunction with the Toledo Cacao Growers Association, OXFAM GB and Irish Aid. In addition, Help for Progress has been supporting beekeeping activities, cattle and rice production within the two countries. The organization is also involved in the retrieval of Maya Spirituality, culture and traditions, with the support of the Association of Spiritual Guides from Guatemala AGERS; and promoting gender equality among the various groups from both countries. Since the creation of the project there have been 133 farmers benefiting from cacao production, 12 beekeepers and 18 cattle farmers from Belize, and 14 beekeepers and 30 cacao farmers from Guatemala also benefiting from this initiative. The Network has been meeting overtime to discuss issues affecting the area and have been involved in several cultural and agricultural exchange visits. After working in the area for five years, we are convinced that this process has strengthened friendship, collaboration and peace in the "adjacency zone." Needless to say, prior to the introduction of this initiative there were no formal contacts between the peoples of the "adjacency zone". Help for Progress would like to continue these efforts between Belize and Guatemala but is in need of support from concerned donors.

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