The mission of Cayo Animal Welfare Society (C.A.W.S) is to provide for a better life for all the domestic animals of Cayo through education, health, and maintenance. The activities of the Society are as follows: Conduct public awareness and education programs designed to create an informed and knowledgeable public, facilitate low cost spay and neuter clinics by working with local veterinarians and volunteer organizations, and facilitate the sharing of information with other animal welfare groups throughout Belize.
The Cristo Rey R.C. Village School serves approximately 350 children from ages 4 through 12 years old. Basic student and teacher supplies, sports equipment, and tech supplies are always in short supply. Jeff & Cheryl, owners of Lucky Dreamer Lodge, volunteer at the school each year on projects from power-washing the building to setting up and maintaining a computer lab.
Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.