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Jun 14, 2011

Belizeans for Justice establishes its headquarters

Belizeans for Justice was established as an NGO in March 2010 and has since transformed itself from what began as a support group for grieving mothers to an organization championing a wide range of other social ills.  The group was founded by Yolanda Schakron whose nephew Christopher Galvez was shot and killed a few months earlier.  She was later joined by Joan Sutherland, Danalyn Murillo and a few others whose children have fallen victim to crime and violence in the Old Capital.  Since its inception over a year ago, there had been no official meeting place for its growing membership. But all that changed today and with the help of the business community, the organization has managed to formally open its doors to the Belizean public.  This morning at her place of business, Schakron cut the ribbon for the newly launched Belizeans for Justice Office.

Yolanda Schakron

Yolanda Schakron, President, Belizeans for Justice

“As you know March of last year we were officially registered as an N.G.O., Belizeans For Justice.  We see the great need, I see people coming in everyday to speak to me here at my business place about the injustices that are committed against them.  So we decided that we’re going to have an office where they can come in and we can document everything and, you know, we can start working harder to try to address these issues that are affecting our country at this time.”

Isani Cayetano

“One of the obvious questions that comes to mind is why a year later would you officially open an office when you were registered in March [of last year]?”

Yolanda Schakron

“Well because what happened is that we had to like really had to go around looking for funding.  It’s very hard at this time so we did some fundraising and we did get some companies to help us. To me this office will serve the Belizean people in a way where we can really face and address the issues that are affecting our nation right now.  I know it is a time where Belizeans are very disappointed.  They’re very unhappy, they feel hopeless and helpless but hopefully we and other NGOs, for example COLA, we’re working together, can get together and let people realize that you know what they can stand up and we do not have to be treated in such a manner, you know, Belizean people need to realize that they have power. We have decided that we would start by three kids we have adopted, Belizeans For Justice, and we will start paying [for] their education from preschool up because we believe that education is empowerment to the people.  I believe that it’s a way out of the criminal life.  I believe that our education system has fallen.  I believe that our leaders are not addressing that and we need to address the youths because that is where we have the problem.  The crime problem is with our youths.”

The three scholarship recipients are the children of young Belizean men who have been murdered.  They include Nigel Jones, Glenford Audinett Jr. and Nailah Cooper.

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4 Responses for “Belizeans for Justice establishes its headquarters”

  1. EMS says:

    Very good move for starters! make effort to provide some services! Bring people together for a common cause!

  2. Justice says:

    Hope it will eventually be able to be a strong political party as they seem to have the people’s interest at heart! there is no way i would waste a vote on the Barrpw administration. Musa and Fonseca would ahve to go for me to be with the PUP although right now they are the lesser of the two evils.

  3. OriginalWoman says:

    Congratulations Ms. Schakron…..I encourage you to continue with your efforts….

  4. WESTERNMERMAID says:

    BELIZEAN FOR JUSTICE IS JUST ABOUT SOME PEOPLE WHO WANTS TO PAPPYSHOW THEMSELVES, I WANT THEM TO KNOW THAT AS LONG AS THEY ARE PART OF PUDP NOBODY WILL TRUST THEM.
    LAST SATURDAY I WENT TO THE PUPEES ENDORSMENT AT ST MARYS HALL, GUESS WHO ARE THE FOOLS WHO WORK RIGHT HARD TO REACH FIRST FOR THE FRONT SEAT?
    YOLANDA SHAKRON AND JOAN SUTHERLAND, MEIN THESE WOMEN REALLY THINK BELIZEANS FOOL FOOL, GUESS WHAT THE PEOPLE WILL DO WITH, TAKE THEIR GIFTS AND JAM THEM WITH THE BUCCUT, WOMEN AS LONG AS YOU ARE PART OF PUDP WE THE PEOPLE CANNOT RESPECT YOU OR SUPPORT YOU, BUT WE WILL TAKE YOUR GIFTS FOR SURE.

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