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Sep 4, 2015

Resource Center’s Third Iteration on Kelly Street

A resource center on Kelly Street, which is on the fringes of Caribbean Shores in Belize City, opened today for the third time. The center initially opened when Carlos Perdomo was representative for Caribbean Shores years ago. It closed and reopened under Santiago Castillo Junior, but was short-lived. Mayor Darrell Bradley, the aspiring candidate for Caribbean Shores reopened the center today and named it the Carlos Perdomo Empowerment Center. Isani Cayetano reports.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The Carlos Perdomo Empowerment Center, in its second iteration, was reopened this afternoon.  The facility had been inaugurated a few years ago when its namesake was the sitting area representative for Caribbean Shores.  Since then the small, elevated structure overlooking Kelly Street had closed its doors to the public and the building left abandoned.  Mayor Darrell Bradley, who is also a political hopeful in that constituency, has stepped up to revitalize the facility in time for the new school year.

 

Darrell Bradley

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“Well this center was closed for a significant period of time and one of the things that we wanted to do was ensure that the center is reopened so that what we did is that we are turning this area into a green space.  We have installed a swing set, some picnic tables and we re-launched the [facility], we call it the Carlos Perdomo Empowerment Center.  We had a donation of four computers, we retrofitted inside, put up posters, painted it and so forth.  And so for Monday, from the hours of one o’clock to six p.m. this area would be opened, we wanted to get it in time for the opening of school.  The computers were a little bit delayed in coming back into Belize because we got them from abroad and through the generous donation of one of our sponsors.  So for Monday everything will be set and we are trying to encourage as much young people as possible to use the area.”

 

For Perdomo, who was in attendance during the brief ceremony, it is a great privilege to have the center dedicated after him.

 

Carlos Perdomo

Carlos Perdomo, Former Area Rep, Caribbean Shores

“I am honored to have my name on something like this because I’m an old teacher.  I come from the teaching background and at the same time I want to say to you Darrell that as mayor you have helped to transform this area a little bit.  I have to give you a few little political points.”

 

Additionally, there are plans to renovate an empty adjacent to the center for neighborhood kids to recreate safely.

 

Darrell Bradley

“One of the things that we also did is that we got a commitment from the person who owns the adjacent land so that young people can use that area.  We leveled it and we filled the area because when we were through this area young people told us that they wanted a football field and so we are going to use that and develop it into a football field so that they can recreate, they can feel safe and they can feel that the area is promoting a stimulating environment.  So the person that’s going to be working here is somebody who is actually trained to deal with people in education, who can provide tutoring services and we have a full array of services and activities that we want to run through this center.”

 

Carlos Perdomo

“This was an abandoned lot just like that one and that one over there and the little kids use to play here.  So one of their little ideas was to fill it so that they can do their little two-a-side and three-a-side football which you will now have a better space over there.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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