San Pedro Ambergris Caye Belize
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AA History in Belize
The Alcoholics Anonymous message was first brought to Belize in 1962 from our neighboring Central American Countries. The first AA group was opened at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church on North Front St., Belize City. This group relocated to their own location on Barrack Rd., staying at this location for many years.
In 1966 Grupo La Roca, an AA Spanish group opened its doors in the center of Corozal town. Shortly after, another Spanish group opened in San Ignacio town, Cayo District. It is remembered that from 1971, Grupa La Roca had been practicing unity with Grupo Payo Obispo from their neighboring city of Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico, and at the time had 15 members.
In 1985 the Benque Viejo AA Spanish group opened their doors and began practicing unity with the San Ignacio Group. The San Pedro, Ambergris Caye Spanish group began meeting under the beach palapa at Paradise Hotel. It is recorded that in 1988 the Belize City Spanish group had over 20 members.
The 90’s saw the Spanish AA group of Orange Walk and Corozal opening their doors. In 1995, a second Spanish group, Grupo Primero De Julio started meeting at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church on North Front Street in Belize City. This group moved to their own location on Dean St and finally to their present location on New Road. The English group in San Pedro, Clean and Serene, also started in the early 90’s at the San Pedro Catholic Church Parish Hall on Barrier Reef Drive.
During these years the groups counted on the support of the Belize Central Committee that held their annual business meetings in the country’s capital city of Belmopan. Also, in Belize City, the Phoenix group began meeting in 2007 on Dean street, and later moved a couple of times until they found their present home on Partridge street. In 2010, The English group, A Meeting in Paradise opened their doors on Boca Del Rio drive, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Finally, after a few attempts, the Caye Caulker Bilingual group was opened March 27, 2019 at the Caye Caulker Community Center on Hicaco avenue.
This all led to the opening of the General Service Office of AA in Belize. With the central office, AA in Belize has experienced stronger national unity, annual work plans and service structure, linking AA Belize to AA World Services through efforts channeled locally and regionally. Service structure sponsorship came from the Central American North Zone and Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico. After all these years, Belize was finally recognized as a member of AA World Services in November of 2018. Presently the AA fellowship in Belize is barely over 100 members in total, however it is a participating member of our global society.