Install a fuel-efficient stove
Belize has a substantial indigenous Mayan population, who continue to live in conditions that impact on their life expectancy and quality of life. Major health concerns, particularly among children, are burns and respiratory injuries from smoke inhalation, caused by open fire cooking stoves. By installing new stoves that are much more efficient and dispel the smoke through a chimney and cover up the flame, you can help to ensure that these incidents are greatly reduced.
You can also assist Mayan farming families improve their livelihoods with sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation projects, such as:
- establish school gardens
- plant cacao seedlings
- build ecologically friendly toilets
- construct improved chicken coops
- repair fences
At each site, you share a typical Belizean lunch with a family from the community.
NB: this is the region that gets the most rainfall, and this project is not available from June to August.
Accommodation in Punta Gorda
Nestled neatly between the ocean and the rainforest are the thatched roofs of this nature-friendly hotel. Jungle life feels incredibly close as you listen to birds and monkeys as you tuck into fresh fruit on your veranda. The eleven cabanas all have hammocks but if you can rouse yourself, there are some wonderful cultural tours […]
This luxury lodge is built into the green foothills of Machaca Hill, overlooking a pristine stretch of the Caribbean coast. The 12 cabins, just outside Punta Gorda, back onto coffee and rum plantations and are pleasingly spacious. The natural surroundings are a big draw, especially the nearby fly fishing.
Known locally as ‘PG’, the most southern town in Belize is a great base for exploring the nearby diving and snorkelling opportunities (though it has no beach of its own). You’re surrounded by tropical foliage that hides villages with interesting Mayan ruins. The local Indian tribes have handicrafts at the thriving local market.
It is here that you can make a lasting impact in a community by installing a fuel-efficient eco-stove in the home of a low income Mayan family.