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More about the Belize National Youth Chess Foundation

By Slickrock Adventures on July 29, 2011

When we were at Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch Jungle Lodge he gave each of us a soap sampler which consisted of a soap dish made out of jungle hardwoods from downed trees from Hurricane Richard and 3 bars of assorted soap. I just realized the soap dish has more info on the Chess Foundation I mentioned in my last post, so I wanted to include that here.

The soap company is called the Mystic Mayan Natural Soaps of Belize, and 100% of the profits are donated to fund Youth at Risk programs run by the Belize National Youth Chess Foundation. BNYCF uses chess as an educational and motivational tool to teach learning and life skills to primary aged “at risk youth” from poverty and disenfranchised families. Their mission is that teaching children to be better thinkers helps keep them in school. This whole program is the brainchild of Ian’s wife Ella, who is from Russia where chess is an integral part of the educational system.

These soaps are made with coconut oils from Belize and imported olive oils and Glycerin. The soaps are 100% organic and are available at Ian’s lodge. You can red more about the chess program here: