Hamza Jastania of Kingston, a junior at Boston College High School, just returned from building a house for a lady in Belize, Central America. Hamza with 11 classmates and two BC High faculty members, Shawn Ahern and Dr. John Sullivan, spent the first week of their summer vacation constructing a home for Josefina Garcia.
Hamza and the BC High volunteers went to Belize to assist an organization called 'Hand in Hand Ministries' build homes for residents in Belize City. Founded by two brothers who saw an opportunity to make a difference, Hand in Hand provides simple yet stable housing for people in Appalachia and Central America.
The BC High group began each day with a prayer, breakfast and work at a building site, where they helped to construct a new 16’ x 16' home for the Garcia family in Belize City.
The boys also visited and delivered shoes to the Hand in Hand Outreach Center, which provides day care and preschool services for children marginalized by poverty and disease. The shoes were made possible by the money raised from the end of the year BC High bake sale and video game tournament.
On the final few days in Belize, they had an opportunity to visit the Altun Ha Maya temple site, tour the Old Belize Museum, rest at the peaceful Caye Caulker beach, and enjoy the rich cultural diversity of Belize at a local Lebanese restaurant.
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