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Sep 14, 2015

Groundbreaking for Ecumenical Chapel at K.H.M.H.

Construction of a chapel is underway on the grounds of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where families will be able to congregate for spiritual upliftment. Funded by the Government of Belize and the Council of Churches, the one hundred and fifty thousand dollar project is expected to be completed by December of this year. A brief groundbreaking ceremony was held today and Duane moody has this report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Today, representatives from the Belize Council of Churches, the Belize Evangelical Association, the Government of Belize and the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital broke ground for the construction of a chapel within the confines of the K.H.M.H. Compound in Belize City. Located just to the right of the entrance to the lobby, the facility, when completed, will be used for funeral services as well as for patients and their relatives to pray.

 

Roosvelt Papouloute

Rt. Rev. Roosvelt Papouloute, Council of Churches

“This place is going to be a place of reflection and meditation. It is a place where patients and families—if able to—can come for time of pray and meditation. It is a place where the staff can come themselves for their own time of prayer and meditation. It is a place for spiritual upliftment. I’ll tell you that many of us in the family of the church have done funeral services right at the morgue in very difficult conditions. This place is a place that depending on the situation, if family members don’t have the time and the means to take their loved one to a church for funeral services this place will be available for that. I have experienced times when we have to administer to a number of people who come because their loved one is about to depart this world and we need a place where we can bereave them and counsel them and pray with them. We don’t have any such place in the hospital; we cannot do them in the corridors. We have done them, but it is not a suitable place. This place will be definitely good for that.”

 

The planning for the project started two years ago and was initially valued at approximately one hundred and fifty thousand dollars. It will be funded in part by Government of Belize.  But that figure is expected to increase, says Reverend Roosvelt Papouloute of the Council of Churches.

 

Rt. Rev. Roosvelt Papouloute

“We had a budget, an estimate of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars. But base on the site we have now, we are having the idea of extending it a little bit from what we have originally in mind. So we definitely it is going to cost a little more.”

 

Reporter

“The funding will be coming from where?”

 

Rt. Rev. Roosvelt Papouloute

“Well you know the Government of Belize has contributed some money towards that. The church is going to contribute and of course the community is already contributing. We have business places that are giving us discounts from materials that we are buying from them to build this facility. So indeed it is a community effort.”

 

According to the C.E.O. of K.H.M.H., Doctor Adrian Coye, the chapel is a gift to the Belizean populace and allows the national referral hospital to offer all aspects of health.

 

Adrian Coye

Dr. Adrian Coye, C.E.O., K.H.M.H.

“This is a gift for the people of Belize for it to be utilized. Because health is what we are all about in this hospital—health is not just physical well-being or just to be sick; health has many other dimensions to it. Social wellness, mental wellness and of course the spiritual wellness; so in a way, we are covering all the bases here now at our national institution. Belize is really in need of a lot of help from the almighty. We have so many challenges now that we have never experienced before and every day we are to question why. However, those who come here to get better are not just the patients alone—there are the patients and their families, their friends, their colleagues. In many hospitals around the world, there is a place such as what we are building here today; there is a place where you can go and quietly reflect.”

 

The building itself is expected to be completed by December. Duane Moody for News Five.

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