The Toledo District is the southernmost district of Belize, and so shares a border with Guatemala on the south and west. The Toledo District is home to a harmonious mix of peoples – Mopan and Kek’chi Maya, Garifuna, East Indian, Creole, Mestizo, British and American ex-pats – as well as some of Central America’s most pristine rainforest and numerous bird, plant and animal species. Off the coast of Belize lies the second longest coral barrier reef in the world, with the many inner cayes providing a unique marine environment that is home to manatee, sea turtles, corals, and many fish species. Over 80% of the population is rurally based and relies on subsistence agriculture for their livelihood. Malnutrition is a persistent problem, particularly as it relates to Vitamin A, Calcium, and Iron. The Toledo District has by far the highest poverty rate in Belize, and regularly ranks at the bottom with regards to education, health, infant mortality, and similar measures of standards of living. Our people are lacking in resources, and we don’t have good diets, but we are not starving — our children show signs of growth retardation but do not die of hunger.
From our office on Jose Maria Nunez Street in Punta Gorda Town, Plenty Belize carries out various projects to promote the well-being of the people, communities, and environment we share in Toledo. Stop in and see us, send us mail at PO Box 72 Punta Gorda Town, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org