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Nov 5, 2014

Rotary Club of Belize donates house to Belize City family

A Belize City family today received keys to a new home on Jane Usher Boulevard thanks to a donation from the Rotary Club of Belize.  The Thompson family has for quite some time been struggling with financial hardships and the dream of owning a home remained rather distant.  The local chapter of the Rotary Club, which has among its annual goals the construction of homes for the needy, selected the Thompsons and work promptly began on building a wooden abode.  Funding for the project, according to Dr. Marcello Coyi, was administered by a pair of Rotarians from Canada.  Impressed with the work the Belize club is undertaking, they offered to provide much needed financial assistance to the project.  This morning, we spoke with Cardinal Beaton who was excited about owning a new home.


Cardinal Beaton, New Home Owner

Cardinal Beaton

“I feel very glad that my mom owns a house now, ih noh haffi rent nothing, ih noh haffi punish.  It will help eena wah way because I feel sorry fu my ma cause di way we live, weh we use to live we used to do everything fu fi we ma.  But now my ma could be independent and be a mother in a way that helps out me and my bredda.  So I glad fi di people that help out us fi mek my ma get wahn betta life in society.”


Marcello Coyi, Member, Rotary Club of Belize

“The Rotary Club has a committee, you know, we are divided into committees and one of them is the service project committee and so they are the ones who do all the work regarding projects for Belize.  And under projects, one of them is that every year the Rotary Club builds a house and so that committee then made that selection based upon interviews, based upon recommendations.  Once that selection is done, Mr. Cisco Woods who is our, a member of our club, we gave him the privilege and the responsibility of building the house.”


Cardinal Beaton

“Well I feel excited check because I got my own room so I could do anything een deh.”


Marcello Coyi


“So you have freedom?”


Cardinal Beaton

“Yes ma’am.”


Marcello Coyi

“Our club, every year of its own fundraising builds a house.  This year we were lucky that we had two Rotarians from Canada, from Edmonton, who saw the project that we did before and out of the kindness of their hearts said we’re going to fund it, you know, and that’s what we did.  So we upgraded the house a lot from what the other ones were, the other ones were not as big as this, not on cement base and what have you.  So this really is a house that costs double the amount that we normally would put towards it.  It’s very strong, it’s very sturdy and I think it’s a good project that we did this year.”


The keys to the Thompson home were handed over to the family this morning during a brief ceremony on Jane Usher Boulevard.

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