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Feb 13, 2017

Rotary Gifts New House on Hibiscus Street

A mother and her five children moved into their brand new home over the weekend. The deserving mother got the gift courtesy the Rotary Club of Belize. The house valued around twenty five thousand dollars will serve safe space for the family.  News Five’s Andrea Polanco stopped in on Hibiscus Street to speak with the proud new home owner.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Alicia Lamb and her five children are the lucky recipients of a brand new home. Every year, the Rotary Club of Belize gifts a couple homes to deserving mothers. This house gifted today is a unique one – twelve by twenty four in dimensions built with funds by a Texas Church, as well as labour of Kolbe inmates. Francis Woods of the Rotary Club of Belize explains how special this one is – and how the Lamb’s story touched them.

 

Francis Woods

Francis Woods, Rotary Club of Belize

“It has a high roof, so it has two rooms on the upstairs and two nice little room downstairs. It has a bathroom, kitchen and little living room area. What is also unique about the house is that it was built at the Kolbe Foundation, by the inmates over there; prebuilt; taken apart and brought in here by pieces and then reassembled.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“When you look at a house like this; what would it cost – is there a financial figure that you can attach to it?”

 

Francis Woods

“Yeah. This house, by the time it is installed and you hook up all the plumbing and electricity, it is about twenty four to twenty six thousand dollars, somewhere in that range. It is really built very strong. We got a designer to put the proper spacing and all the stud walls and it has thick siding on it; thick roofing on it. So, it is here for a long time.  I really love this case because it is four sisters that live in this house and the one sister that owns the house looked out for the three other sisters and all their kids; so she had a room with her four – or five – kids ; so one little room she was living in and now they have four rooms, so they all have their little private space. And it is always about the kids, too. The kids need that security of a home – a good roof – a good door that can lock so that they are safe and can develop nicely.”

 

Proud new home owner Alicia Lambs says that this gift will change her family’s life. They moved in over the weekend – and were involved in the process:

 

Alicia Lamb

Alicia Lamb, Home Recipient

“Six of us – my four girls and one son; me.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“How will it change the kids’ lives?”

 

Alicia Lamb

“Well, it wah change a lot because they wah have their own space; their own room.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Is this something you were expecting; what is the feeling of getting a brand new home?”

 

Alicia Lamb

“Well, I pray every night; every day.   I said I would be moving in two or three weeks after the house is finished, but every day they say ‘mommy, when we gwen ina wi new house. But I moved in the Saturday; Saturday morning.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“They were excited?”

 

Alicia Lamb

“Yes. More than excited.  When we were in the family house it was always outside playing, but now they are inside doing their homework, reading a book. Now they always inside doing something.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“A bit more comfort, as well?”

 

Alicia Lamb

“Yes. More comfortable.”

 

With this gift, Lamb also got the opportunity to better earn a living.

 

Francis Woods, Rotary Club of Belize

“The group that funded the house actually left extra money for Alicia to do something – maybe pick a washing machine. She chose a refrigerator because she is into cooking – she cooks for the church, groups – she just cooked for the Rotarian group who were actually building the playground. So, she got a refrigerator to help her business and help herself along the way.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Talk to us about how getting a brand new home is going to impact the way you work and make a living?”

 

Alicia Lamb

“Yes. It will be more space for me because I am in my own house. I sell cold cup; food; boil up on Saturdays.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

 

Francis Woods of Rotary Club of Belize says that the public’s support of its fundraising events is the main reason the organization can make these kinds of donation.

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