Since January 2009, the San Mateo Empowerment Project (SMEP) has been raising money to construct roads in the community of San Mateo, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Largely unseen by the thousands of tourists who enjoy idyllic beaches on Ambergris Caye every year, San Mateo is a community without access to proper water, electricity, or sewage systems. Before these problems can be addressed, miles of unstable wooden bridges must be replaced with roadways that allow for vehicular access to the community.
SMEP is a partnership between students at the University of Mississippi and the community of San Mateo, Ambergris Caye, Belize, to replace miles of plank bridges with essential roadways. The SMEP put together this great video to raise awareness of the hard work being done to uplift this community on Ambergris Caye and we were pleasantly surprised to find out that the video was narrated by A-List Hollywood celebrity Morgan Freeman. We understand he is from Mississippi and was glad to lend a helping hand to the SMEP. Thank you Mr. Freeman!
Please check out the video to learn more; Morgan Freeman’s voice is immediately recognizable. Click Here to Learn more about the San Mateo Empowerment Project and Like their Facebook Page. (Pictures courtesy of SMEP website)
Residents and volunteers of San Mateo work hard to build their roads
Access roads to homes in San Mateo are lined with garbage used as landfill