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Jul 16, 2015

BOOST Program to Evolve to Better Serve Those in Need

Judith Alpuche

According to C.E.O. Alpuche, the ministry is working with the O.A.S. and the United Nations to ensure that the BOOST program evolves. Alpuche says the pilot project goes beyond cash transfers to now strengthen family units. 

 

Judith Alpuche, C.E.O., Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation

“Looking at families and what is it that family needs and doing a proper assessment of what that family needs and having a social worker have a time to be able to work out a plan with that family with the goal of trying to elevate the family to the next level and in different domains, if you will. So what are the income concerns of the family, what are the skills training concerns; what are the concerns in terms of health, education, etc. within that family to make sure that the basic needs of the family are met? Because if you recall, the primary targets for BOOST are poor families with children and really the purpose is to break that cycle of poverty. So this is another layer that we are putting on. So beyond the cash transfers, beyond just the money that we give and the monitoring, this is really bringing case management to bear. And when we are looking about a social worker’s wrap around services, it is looking holistically at what that family needs and working with that family in a holistic way.”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

Anthony “Boots” Martinez, Minister of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation

“Including also in the wrap around services is the ability of the people to get land and that has been working. And I can tell you that apart from what is here officially, I can show you many instances where maybe it is not documented in some official capacity. In Port Loyola, in Lake Independence, in Collet Division and Queen Square where a lot of these wrap around services although might seem unrecorded, is almost ninety-eight percent to fruition.”

 

Judith Alpuche

“So it is not only about the ministry providing all these services but it is also about linking people into services; for us to be facilitators and brokers of services.”

 

As to infrastructural and housing needs, Minister “Boots” Martinez, says that under phase two of the Southside Poverty Alleviation Project, approval has been given for the building and repairing of over five hundred houses in constituencies across the city. 

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1 Response for “BOOST Program to Evolve to Better Serve Those in Need”

  1. carlos says:

    The CEO mentions 400 families,but where are these families? Are they all distributed throughout the country or only Belize city. She forgets that there are very poor people in the rural areas that are in need.
    It seems that this government only thinks about the cities and towns. When elections come you see them running like crazy pulling out the voters but were not there when the voters needed assistance.
    Give the rural areas people what they need now not when election day comes.

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