500 backpacks, filled with school supplies, were donated to school children in rural communities in Orange Walk yesterday. The donation was made possible through the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)’s Humanitarian Assistance Program and the Embassy of the United States. The backpacks and supplies were distributed among students at the government’s primary schools in Carmelita and Santa Martha villages. Head of the U.S. Embassy Security Cooperation Office Major Jason Booth said that this latest donation from the American people will help ease the financial burden of the back-to-school season and will support the educational needs of students in these villages. In this year alone, through its efforts to provide essential human services to vulnerable populations, the USSOUTHCOM Humanitarian Assistance Program has funded free medical clinics, donated medical supplies and ventilators, and secured the construction of school buildings and a fire station in Belize.