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Jun 15, 2017

Closing Successful “Beyond the Horizon” Campaign in Ladyville

More ten million U.S. dollars has been invested in the education and health sectors through the U.S. Embassy’s Beyond the Horizon Project.  Communities in the Belize, Cayo and Stann Creek Districts received new facilities or benefitted from medical exercises. The initiative closed today in Ladyville; local ministers as well as U.S. personnel reflected on the Mission. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Today, the Beyond the Horizon 2017 project came to an end at the Price Barracks in Ladyville after three months of nonstop work in different communities by members of the U.S. Army South, in collaboration with officers from the Belize Defense Force. In the end, over eleven point five million U.S. dollars were spent by the U.S. government on Belize in areas of health, and education.

 

David Jones

Brig. Gen. David Jones, Commander, B.D.F.

“Beyond the Horizon 2017 has now concluded but it has done so fruitfully. It has brought to Belize a medical facility in Belmopan, one in Ladyville, one in Double Head Cabbage and also a school building in Saint Matthew’s Village. We also conducted three medical exercises; one was done in Ladyville, one in San Ignacio and another one in Dangriga.”

 

John Saldivar

John Saldivar, Minister of Defense
“It was indeed a very short time ago that we had the opening ceremony for Beyond the Horizon 2017 at the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan. At that time, we all shared with enthusiasm the excitement, the mission and objectives of this year’s exercise.”

 

It was launched back in April of this year in Belmopan. Fast track to today, the program has also provided service to over sixteen thousand Belizeans that were seen for medical care and treatment. Chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy, Adrienne Galanek says that the program allows both countries to achieve mutual goals in several key areas.

 

Adrienne Galanek

Adrienne Galanek, Chargé d’affaires, U.S. Embassy

“Beyond the Horizon very much exemplifies that spirit of people and community and it brings a very unique capability to our partnership with the government and the people of Belize because it brings infrastructure and normally, as you probably know, we work very closely on mutual goals for citizen security, for economic prosperity and also for governance, particularly for vulnerable populations. But in health and education, and I’m sure Deputy Prime Minister you would agree with me, health and education underpin everything. And so they are very critical, but normally we don’t have the funding for infrastructure.”

 

Brigadier General Richard Torres says that the success of the mission would not have been possible without assistance from various governmental departments and says that thousands will directly benefit from the education and health facilities built across Belize and Cayo Districts.

 

Richard Torres

Brig. Gen. Richard Torres, Dep. Commanding General, U.S. Army South

“We’ve enjoyed working with our partners to include a contingent from Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago in conducting medical, dental and engineering programs throughout the country. Together we provided medical and treatment for over sixteen thousand patients; we worked together to built five construction and engineering projects and bring three healthcare events to this beautiful country. During the past three months, two million hours or work had been poured into every structure and framework of a new school and hospital additions here. Over seven thousand tons of concrete have been poured, while sixteen thousand bricks had been laid to provide facilities where teachers, students, doctors, nurses and patients will be better able to fulfill their daily responsibility in serving others.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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