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|Assignment(s)||Cooperativeswarning.png"Cooperatives" is not in the list of possible values (Agroforestry, Sustainable Agricultural Science, Farm Management and Agribusiness, Animal Husbandry, Municipal Development, Small Business Development, NGO Development, Urban and Regional Planning, Primary Teacher/Training, Secondary Teacher/Training, Math/Science Teacher/Training, Special Education/Training, Deaf/Education, Vocational Teacher/Training, University Teacher/Training, English Teacher/Training (TEFL), Environmental Education, National Park Management, Dry Land Natural Resource Conservation, Fisheries Fresh, Ecotourism Development, Coastal /Fisheries Resource Management, Public Health Education, AIDS Awareness, Information Technology, Skilled Trades, Water and Sanitation Resources Engineering, Housing Construction Development, Youth, Other) for this property.|
|From US state||Pennsylvania|
|From US town/city||Philadelphia|
|Randy Morgan started in Belize 1969|
|Region: Corozal District|
|Business in Belize:|
|Hal B. Lovett, Randy Morgan|
|Other Volunteers who served in Belize
|Frank Almaguer, Jill Bond, Zoe L. Cummings, Sheila Grudem, Ken Kapinski, Richard Kelly, Kristina N. Klein, Hal B. Lovett, Robin Mardeusz, Tom McDowell, Joseph Michael mendoza, Randy Morgan, Catherine Mulligan Young, Bertie Lee Murphy, Alanna Randall … further results|
|Projects in Belize
|Crique Sarco Primary School Computer Lab, Crooked Tree Pasture Clearing, Independence Village Housing Reconstruction, Indian Church Farming Cooperative, Maya Mountain View Playground, Solar Powered Community Phones (Belize), Summer Environmental Workshop, Village Market, Water Pump Replacement Belize|
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Worked with coops and credit unions in Corozal District. Major coops were Patchakan, Concepcion, San Joaquin, Caledonia. Was an officer of the Department of Cooperatives and worked with Frank Chan for most of my term, also with Jesus Ken in the last few months. Silas Cayetano was Registrar of Cooperatives at this time.
Coops were in small Mayan villages around Corozal town. Main job was helping villagers to form coops, get funding for projects, teaching bookkeeping, working with Agricultural Dept on projects.
Main problem was the formation of coops was driven not by a business reason, but to obtain land from the government. Local Representatives would promise to help villagers to get land for farming in return for votes. The catch was they had to form a coop, embrace "modern" farming practices, take on debt to buy seed, rent tractors etc. Harvests were low yield (little fertilizer and no herbicides or insecticides were used (not enough money) and the coop members would end up in debt at the end.
Wrote paper outlining problem. it was typed up and presented to the Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Cooperatives thanks to Charlie Woods, the local head of CARE and formerly Registrar of Coops.
Understand through Frank Chan, that some of my suggestions were implemented and the coop system was reorganized.
I loved the people of Corozal and the villages. I felt that I probably got more value from the experience than I was able to return in help.