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Mar 16, 2011

Police and Restore Belize feed Yarborough

Government announced it is providing over two million dollars for a food program that will be rolled out from the Southside to the north side of the city, but with more than forty percent of the population living in poverty, every little bit counts. Earlier today we found the police partnering with Restore Belize on a feeding program much needed in the Yarborough community.  News Five’s Delahnie Bain reports.

Delahnie Bain, Reporting

The Yabra Community Center has re-launched its Healthy for Life feeding program, which caters to needy children on the Southside of Belize City.  Toys for Tots, which is spearheaded by Continental Airlines Country Manager, Indira Craig, played a significant role in reviving the program and it now has the backing of the Restore Belize Program.

Douglas Hyde, Youth Program Coordinator, Community Policing Unit

Douglas Hyde

“It’s the return of our feeding program, which we carried out three years consistently up to last year when we had to put a hold on it due to some internal challenges beyond our control. So we’ve kicked off two weeks ago with the support of Restore Belize, who have literally come onboard to support us fully.”

Indira Craig

Indira Craig, Director, Toys for Tots

“Toys for Tots pretty much came into the picture after the hurricane when we reopened back a cooking station and we activated some of the resources that were already set in place here, using this as just a home and hub for what led to a two week feeding program within the community. So it was actually just restarting what was already in place.”

Greg Nunez, Program Officer, Restore Belize

“Restore Belize saw it necessary when we were approached by the Yabra Community Center to not only provide for some of the basic needs of the children, but also to look towards more of a long term issue that would ensure that they actually receive their—whether or not it’s from primary school—but overall you end up meeting some of the main M.D.G.s, the Millennium Development Goals, that speaks to primary education.”

That’s because a lack of proper nutrients is known to affect children’s performance in the classroom.

Douglas Hyde

“It addresses the area of dropouts, it also addresses the area of kids definitely learning and educating themselves better if they have that healthiness in themselves during that afternoon, which in, we know the lunch is a crucial part of their learning so we’re looking at addressing that so that they could have that healthy lunch.  The Ministry of Education is also coming through with us. They want to adopt this program in terms of establishing it in different places as a best practice and so that in itself is a crucial step for us here at the community policing Unit.”

Greg Nunez

According to Douglas Hyde, the Youth Program Coordinator at the Community Policing Unit, the number of children who benefit from the initiative has grown significantly.

Douglas Hyde

“We are assisting over two hundred kids from the safe zone and also outside the safe zone. It’s six schools; we have three schools from within the safe zone and three schools outside the safe zone that we’re working on that are supporting this whole initiative.  There’s a component that we didn’t have before which we didn’t have before that Ministry of Health is going to assist us with which is going to assist the children in the feeding programme. This is going to be like a health assessment and it the Ministry of Health is also going to assist with vitamins and irons.”

Greg Nunez

“We are in communications with different agencies. We are definitely seeking towards continuing the program, definitely and also we’ve asked for the participation of our community, the different stakeholders of our community—whether or not it’s business, whether or not it’s commerce—to be a part of this program.”

The current budget will run the feeding program until the summer break in June. Delahnie Bain for News Five.

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6 Responses for “Police and Restore Belize feed Yarborough”

  1. BZNinCALI says:

    Good job. Now start a garden so that they can grow some of their own food & feel the joy of a job well done.

  2. Bengal says:

    Good program by the government of Belize.
    May they implement more like these. I see some rice, beans, chicken, and potato salad.
    Lets get some raw food on the kids plate. some lettuce, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and whats not.
    These vegetable are lacking in the average Belizean diet.
    I must big up Mr. Douglas Hyde who is playing an active role in the community.
    May GOD bless and keep you brother. may your days be long on this earth because of our works will be rewarded by THE MOST HIGH GOD.
    I remember you from our St. Ignatius days and I’m proud of you because you have never forgotten the ghetto.
    Nuff LOVE and RESPECT

  3. Earl Grey says:

    THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO GET INTO FOOD PRODUCTION to make programs like these easier and more wide spread to all poor areas.

  4. Disgusted! says:

    INDIRA CRAIG FOR PRIME MINISTER AND MARLENI CUELLAR FOR DEPUTY. *POWER TO THE WOMEN!!!*

  5. JAHSEF JUDAH says:

    FEED THE DAYUM EX-CONVICTS THEIR FAMILIES AND THE PAROLEES THATS WHAT RESTORE IS ABOUT… YOU ARE SETTING A TRAP TO PERPETUATE CRIME… LET THE DADS BROTHERS AND SONS BE THEOIR FR THEIOR OWN CHILDREN. RESTORE BELIZE IS A SHAM, BOGUS MARY VASQUEZ DONT KNOW HER @$$ FROM THE ELBOW!! YOU WANT TO HELP PEOPLE WITH PROBLEMS U MUST GO WHERE THEY HAV THE PROBLEMS …..JAIL!!

  6. Jose Chacon says:

    Definitely happy to see this happening. This is the spirit that we need to get Belize back in the right track.

    Kudos Indira Craig, Greg Nunez and Douglas Hyde for their effort. Hopefully the business community joins in so that this program can grow and be sustainable.

    Bengal, BzninCali, Earl and Disgusted….right on!

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