About

Backpacks 4 Kids International Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for students in undeveloped areas of Belize. Founded and directed by Carla Sherman, Backpacks for Kids International will be providing assistance to economically challenged rural areas of Belize.

A native of the country, Carla knows firsthand the plight of these children. Growing up in Belize City, Carla is a product of Belize’s public education system. Unlike many parts of the world, however, public education in Belize is not completely funded by taxes. Parents there are obligated to pay a fee for their child’s education as well as provide uniforms, books, supplies, lunches and bus money.

Unlike most of her peers who continued in the cycle of poverty in her native land, Carla determined to make a better life for herself. And, in 1982, she seized the opportunity to do so. Winning a beauty pageant whose top prize brought her to the United States, Carla determined to make America her home; ultimately, residing with an aunt in New Jersey.

Upon settling in the United States, she commenced working as a nanny to both support herself and save money for her education. When the time came for her to attend college, however, the grateful family for whom she had worked offered to finance her education at Monmouth University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.

Upon graduation, Carla embarked upon a career in accounting, finance, and management with both for-profit and non-profit organizations. During her career, she has not forgotten neither her own upbringing in Belize nor the generosity of the family to whom she is indebted for her education. After having a family of her own she had the urge to do something to make a difference in children lives and pass on the gift of giving in helping kids obtain an education.

She founded Backpacks 4 Kids International as a means of returning the benefits provided her to a new generation of young people in her home country of Belize.

MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS

PRESIDENT:

Shyamia Murfield (Belizean Nationality)
Resource Manager
Military Observer Group
Washington, DC
Bachelor in Human Health Services
(Retired Veteran who served in the US Armed Forces)

VICE PRESIDENT:

Tracy Plunkett
Director of Finance
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
Masters in Business

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER:

Lori Blitzer
Professional Hair Colorist
 Green Brook, NJ

 

SECRETARY:

Maureen Joseph (Belizean Nationality)
Professional Nanny
Eatontown, NJ

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Sherlett Baboolah
Dorita Mainieri

OFFICER:

Carla Usher-Sherman
Director
Backpack4kids International Inc.
Dunellen, NJ
Bachelor of Science in Accounting

GRAPHIC DESIGNER:

Shaylee Sherman student

Student
Watching Hills Regional High School
Dunellen, NJ

Backpack 4 kids

MISSION STATEMENT

Our goal is to provide backpacks and school supplies to children desperately in need. We are focusing our efforts on helping children achieve an education. We believe that educating children can improve living conditions. Will you help us in getting backpacks and school supplies into the hands of children who needs them? No contribution is too small or insignificant to those who have so little.
To build a better world, we need to focus on educating its children.

We are always looking for fundraising ideas, we would love to hear your thoughts on a venue or team up with you on a group event. Call or send us an email today!

We delivered over 230 backpacks and school supplies to the high school children at the ‘Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico School’ (ETMS) and to some children along the way in the San Roman Village in the Corozal District of Belize.

Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico’ (ETMS) is a technical/vocational high school that was built and donated in 1982 by the Mexican Government as a symbol of recognition of the independence of Belize. In January of 1983 with an enrollment of 68 students and 7 teachers including a principal.

Today the student population has expanded to over 700 students and 40 faculty members. In 2005 the Mexican government donated more money for the school expansion. The school now includes 23 classrooms, a cafeteria, music room, art room, library, science lab and green house. The students have a vegetable garden and an animal farm. also, the Mexican government, through the Mexican Embassy, is actively involved in the school though cultural exchange and cooperation. While there has been a substantial effort to improve the school little has done to get underprivileged children to attend and some of these children that do attend have financial difficulty to stay and finish the school.