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Jun 22, 2017

19 Certified as Caregivers

Nineteen women today graduated from a certificate course in the basics of care giving, an important job as the population of Belize ages. The Belize Training and Employment Center collaborated with parent BELTRAIDE, the National Council on Ageing, the Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust and Sister Cecilia Home for the Elderly, where participants took part in an internship to complete the course. Aaron Humes reports.

 

Aaron Humes, Reporting

Youth may be wasted on the young, but the importance of taking care of our aged population has not diminished. This morning, the latest to be taught the basics of giving care for the elder population of our society were recognized, among them Amirarehema Flowers, who says she learned a lot.

 

Amirarehema Flowers

Amirarehema Flowers, Graduate, BTEC Caregivers Course

“I am grateful for the amazing women I got to meet and their inspiring stories as well during this five-week course. The experience was wonderful, more so meeting some of the amazing patients at Sister Cecilia Home, that also impact our lives. I would love to thank BTEC for the wonderful training that they gave us, and I hope that with all the knowledge we obtain we share with others, and make a wonderful impact in our lives.”

 

BTEC Manager Christine Smith spoke to the importance of the program.

 

Christine Smith

Christine Smith, Manager, BTEC

“As we move forward, partnerships like this become very important, because according to the 2010 population census, our population life expectancy has increases – so people are dying older, they are living longer. And it is expected that the population, the older population, will double [from] what it is right now in twenty years. So we have to put in place systems that will allow for persons to properly take care of the elderly and older persons, because we have to remember – older persons have served their communities. No one lives to be sixty, sixty-five, without having made a contribution in some way. And so when they reach the latter part of their lives, we have to have systems in place that will allow them to continue to lead a dignified life, until it is their time to leave this world.”

 

The project is an example, says B.N.E. trustee Albert Garcia, of finding novel ways to employ and educate critical sectors of our population.

 

Albert Garcia

Albert Garcia, Trustee, B.N.E. Charitable Trust

“Through what has happened in the past five weeks, we are ecstatic that it led to the training of you guys and the effect that it really does make on the community and the elderly, everyone to be quite honest. The purpose of the Trust or the objective of it is to really look at causing the development of Belize by empowering the people to fully understand their potential and act on it. Now for you guys doing the training this is one step closer to really understanding your potential. I was not here personally at the training but I do understand that it was very rigorous as was explained and you guys went through some things to make it happen. The purpose of the Trust is always to look at how we can help every single person to unlock their potential, because potential is something every person has, whether young or old. And in the case of you guys you are actually going to be caring for the elderly – so even though they are a bit older, they have still that potential to be happy, be healthy and to even contribute something to you guys, because what you are going to find is that with age, comes knowledge; and with that knowledge I think it is extremely important that you can be the caregivers but you can also learn something from the older people.”

 

Aaron Humes reporting for News Five.

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