At the national level, one of the key partners for UNICEF is the Government of Belize, primarily its Ministry of Education and Youth, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Human Development. UNICEF also works with agencies such as national youth councils, churches, NGOs (civil society organizations and community-based organizations), and parent support groups, etc. Some of the partners are as follows:
Belize Family Life AssociationM
The Belize Family Life Association (BFLA), an accredited member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR), is a not-for-profit organization, and the only non-government organization (NGO) in Belize that provides comprehensive clinical, non-clinical sexual and reproductive health services to the general population. Through a network of eight clinics/centers and a cadre of twenty-nine full-time and six part-time staff, the association ensures access to quality and confidential services to a cross section of the society, including youth from extremely difficult circumstances, survivors of gender-based violence, underserved population, women, men and other youth. As an Association committed to the development of the individual, the community and the country for the last 25 years, BFLA has strived to ensure the services provided are so designed to meet the clients' needs at a price affordable to them.
Belize Red Cross
Belize Red Cross works within the International Red Cross Federation's Strategy 2020 which aims to save lives and strengthen recovery from disasters and crises, enable safer and healthy living, and make better provision for marginalized people, promote social inclusion and contribute towards peace. Through its Disaster Management work, BRC employs its Community Disaster Response Teams to work with the National Emergency Management Operation (NEMO) and National Intervention Teams. In addition, BRC identifies and implements new approaches to community involvement in disaster management in community-based health first aid. It also has courses and training on prevention with respect to communicable diseases. As auxiliary to the Government of Belize in all humanitarian aspects, the Belize Red Cross fills the gaps in the National Systems and Action Plans. Learn more at: http://www.ifrc.org
Hand in Hand Ministries
Hand In Hand Ministries is a religious international human services organization that seeks to provide service to the poor, especially abandoned and disabled children. Its work is centered on the belief that all people deserve life's essential - food , water, clothing, shelter, education and medical care – thus it establishes programmes and forms partnerships with local organizations and individuals in the developing world, especially Central America and the United States. In Belize, they have four programmes: Building for Change Program (building modest homes for those in need); the Outreach Centre (a day care treatment centre for children affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS); a scholarship program and a cafeteria program. Learn more at: http://www.hhministries.com.org
Julian Cho Society (JCS)
The Julian Cho Society (JCS) was founded in 2004 having emerged out of the land rights movement in Belize. JCS is legally incorporated in Belize as an NGO and is governed by a seven-member Advisory Council. The Society is dedicated to increasing the understanding of the history and indigenous cultures of the Toledo District of Belize with an aim to carry forward the legacy of Julian Armando Cho through programmes that promote education, justice, and sustainable development. Learn more at: http://www.jcsbelize.org
Maya Youth Coalition
The Julian Cho Society in collaboration with UNICEF began supporting the growth and development of a youth organization called the Maya Youth Coalition (MYC) in 2006. Since its formation, MYC has engaged in activities that create opportunities for young Maya people to build leadership, self-development and learn about their rights as adolescents. The aim of the coalition as a part of a broader element of civil society is to develop consciousness of young people around issues of adolescent rights, social justice, and self-identity. Areas of great interest include identifying educational activities and opportunities for young people, eco- and cultural tourism, and continued stewardship of natural resources, indigenous youth vulnerability, injustices and social development.
Pickstock Development Association
The Pickstock Development Association is a community organization operating within the Pickstock Constituency of Belize City, Belize. The Association was formed in 2008 to bring the community together to address crime, poverty and underdevelopment with which it was plagued. The work of the organization is three pronged. Firstly, it owns and manages The Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence. This Institute was established as a result of the community's desire for a safe space for their children to play, learn and catch up with their peers in education and development. The institute's mission is to encourage its students to develop critical thinking skills in order to become "confident and independent problem solvers, knowledgeable of their personal and social responsibilities". Its programme includes remediation in educational pursuits, gardening, computer information and technology, and music. Secondly, the Association engages the community in a deliberate process of consultation on development issues including priority social and infrastructural interventions, many of which have already brought some immediate relief to the most needy in the community. Thirdly, the Association provides opportunities for those in the community most at risk to engage in entrepreneurial, health and nutrition activities in an effort to improve their standards of living.
The National Garifuna Council of Belize
The National Garifuna Council was established in 1981 as the official organization representing the needs and aspirations of the Garifuna people. Generally the NGC works along with the Government, private sector and civil society organizations in identifying, planning and implementing development projects and programmes which affect the Garinagu in Belize, such as promoting interracial harmony among the various Belizean ethnic groups and the Garifuna sub-culture, preserving the Garifuna culture through its language, music, food, dances, crafts, arts and rituals; promoting the economic development of Garifuna communities; seeking education and training opportunities for Garinagu; developing programmes which will bring out the diversity and the richness of Garifuna history, culture and art; and motivating Garifuna youth to take active part in the Council's programmes and activities for the development of leadership skills. The NGC has 10 branches located in the six districts of Belize. Learn more at: http//www.ngcbelize.org
Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE)
The Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) was founded in 1997 to meet the growing environmental and development needs of the Toledo District. TIDE was conceived as a grassroots initiative in response to the negative environmental effects from activities such as manatee poaching, illegal fishing, illegal logging, destructive farming methods, and other types of unsustainable development. Initially started by volunteers, TIDE has now grown to include approximately twenty paid staff. TIDE's mission is to research and monitor Toledo's natural resources, to assist in protected areas planning and management and to lead the development of responsible tourism and other environmentally sustainable economic alternatives by providing training and support to local residents. TIDE, in conjunction with UNICEF, contributes to the promotion of environmental integrity, climate change, culture, water, sanitation and hygiene through an integrated programme of activities including sport for development. In 2011, TIDE will expand its environmental and sport programme to rural schools in Toledo with UNICEF's support. Learn more at: http//www.tidebelize.org
Toledo Maya Women's Council (TMWC)
The Toledo Maya Women's Council (TMWC) was established in 1997 and registered as a non-government organization in 2000. It was founded by women groups from 26 communities and supported by the Toledo Maya Coalition Council. The TMWC was formed to seek partnership in addressing issues, concerns, and needs of its members groups through training, advocacy, networking and representation. The Council has a vibrant Youth Arm comprising of 25 young Maya women who are aiming to build their leadership skills and qualities, ensuring the sustainable development of the Council.
Para81 Tumul K'in
Tumul K'in was officially inaugurated in January of 2002 as a Center of Learning and is a non-governmental Maya organization that promotes sustainable development with identity. UNICEF has been partnering with Tumul K'in since 2007 to strengthen its model for intercultural education. This includes integration of indigenous arts, music, sports and culture into the curriculum with a specific emphasis on indigenous adolescent leadership and participation. Tumul K'in has been assuming a strong leadership role in intercultural education and has supported the capacity development of other educational institutions, which are interested in adopting intercultural education. In 2011, UNICEF will evaluate the Tumul K'in model and document it as a good practice in education. This will provide an opportunity for lessons learnt to be generated and for the model to be scaled. Learn more at http://www.tumulkinbelize.org
University of Belize (UB) Toledo Campus
The University of Belize (UB) Toledo Campus is the southern campus of the national university serving as a catalyst of change for young people through accessible educational and training programmes that address national needs based on principles of academic freedom, equity, transparency, merit and accountability. This institution aims to contribute to policy analysis on evaluation and quality development around Quality Child Friendly Schools Initiative and to advise on policy direction. UNICEF, UB and other partners are engaged in the creation of a Policy Observatory that will focus on policies regarding children issues. Learn more at: http://www.ub.edu.bz
Ya' axché Conservation Trust
Ya' axché Conservation Trust implements conservation and sustainable use of natural resources for equitable regional development that is accomplished through protected area management, stakeholder collaboration, educational outreach, advocacy and by supporting socially and economically viable enterprises. The Trust also contributes to work regarding environment issues as well as culture and water, sanitation and hygiene in schools and communities. Learn more at: http://www.yaaxche.org
Young Men Christian Association (YMCA)
The Young Men Christian Association is a not-for-profit community service organization working to meet health and social service needs of men, women and children in the communities. Since all communities have different needs, all YMCAs are different. YMCAs are at work in more than 120 countries around the world, serving more than 30 million people. YMCAs maintain relationships with similar organizations in other countries, so that they can build strong kids and strong families.
Young Women Christian Association (YMCA)
The mission of the Belize Chapter of the YWCA is threefold. It offers instructional and training programmes of high quality that lead to continuing education or income generating business for women and girls. It advances knowledge and promotes physical development and other creative activities for healthy living, and it renders significant public service to the very young and the elderly. In all its activities it exemplifies spiritual growth, living and leadership. The YWCA is a member of the World YWCA which is an international volunteer membership movement uniting some 25 million women and girls in over 125 countries, working towards local needs in over 22,000 communities. The World YWCA's common purpose is to develop the leadership and collective power of women and girls around the world to achieve human rights, health, security, dignity, freedom, justice and peace for all people.
Youth Enhancement Services
Youth Enhancement Services (YES) is a non-profit, non-governmental agency that has been providing services to the young women and girls of Belize since 1989. YES' mission is dedicated to empowering young women to lead independent, secure, and fulfilling lives through education, skills training, advocacy and outreach. With this mission in mind, YES has evolved over the past 20 years from a small training centre for girls who were unable to attend a mainstream school to a multi-faceted youth and women's organization. YES' three primary branches of work are a Centre for Teenage Mothers, outreach field work in rural and urban areas & projects advocating for an end to sexual abuse and exploitation, and the Youth Friendly Training Programmes for vocational, educational and personal development.
The services YES provides within these three programme areas include relevant education and training, and working with clients and the public to reduce HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancy, and sexual abuse and exploitation. Through this work, YES contributes to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, specifically the goals promoting empowerment of women and gender equality. These YES services also fit into Belize's National Plan of Action for Children & Adolescents in the areas of Education, Health, Child Protection, HIV/AIDS, Family and Culture.