Raise Me Up is a non-profit organization working to eliminate inadequate living conditions by fulfilling basic needs and raising awareness in communities.
According to The San Pedro Sun March 27th, 2014
- 43% of Belize’s population lives in poverty.
- Almost 25% of the population is unemployed.
- As reported by the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) in their last annual report, 21,000 Belizeans who want to work are unable to find jobs.
- Belizeans earn an average of $754 per month. This is not even the $900, which according to the SIB is needed monthly to live at a bare minimum. Let’s break this $900 down into real spending: $400 for rent or a small mortgage; $400 for food and other household necessities for a family of four. That means the average family only has $100 to pay their utility bill, send their children to school, pay for transportation, deal with medical issues, and save. Our people are struggling to make ends meet. Most families are one emergency away from losing their homes or falling into major debt.