Mother Teresa of Corozal Town
Neima Naomi Roches is commonly known as the local “Mother Theresa” and was born in Corozal Town in 1990.
She was brought to Carmelita Village in the Orange Walk District as a teenager to attend high school. She started New Hope High School but was unable to finish, but strongly believes that education is important and must be the priority for our children.
Neima is presently the President of the Carmelita Government School’s PTA, whose aim is to provide health education and a healthy meal for the less fortunate children.
She is currently the leader of the newly formed Carmelita Women’s Group, and a volunteer of the Women’s Department. She organizes informational days and offers skills training sessions for women in her community so that they can be empowered and sellf sustainable.
Neima is the mother of one child but has several other children in her home that she considers her “adoptive” children. These children would just walk into her home and refuse to go back to their parents, so to avoid any problems she works closely with the Ministry of Human Development. In her community, she is considered as a sister, caregiver and a counselor, because she is always willing to give a helping hand and a listening ear to those in need.
She often does home visits and care for senior citizens in her immediate surroundings. Neima seldom uses the word “no”, she believes that she must help all, especially if they can’t help themselves. She often says that one day God will repay her for the kindness she shares and shows others.