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Dec 9, 2011

Red Cross’ Peer Education Program

In keeping with the spirit of the season, Belize Red Cross also gave Hand in Hand Ministries a generous donation to assist even more needy people. Through its Together We Can Peer Education Program, the Red Cross teaches students about HIV/AIDS and trains them to educate their peers. Program Coordinator, Tina Gill, spearheaded the projected to assist Hand in Hand Ministries, which also has an outreach initiative for persons infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. News Five was on hand on Thursday for the handing over of food hampers to Hand in Hand Ministries, which will pass on the goodies to affected persons.

Tina Gill, Coordinator, Together We Can Peer Education Prog., Belize Red Cross

Tina Gill

“The Belize Red Cross was able to secure some funds from our federation; the International Federation of the Red Cross and with these funds we were able to donate these wonderful food hampers to the Hand in Hand Ministries because we felt that the Hand in Hand Ministries fits into our theme in reference to our seven fundamental principles of the Red Cross and it works Hand in Hand with our program, which is the HIV peer education program.”

Delahnie Bain

“Can you speak a bit about what all are included in the hampers?”

Tina Gill

“We have in the hampers, we have rice, beans, the regular Creole—as you can say—food items; flour, sugar, cereal, milk, Dac Ham, chicken sausage and a variety of stuff that is usually used in the Belizean home.”

Delahnie Bain

“How many of them are here?”

Tina Gill

“We have donated twenty-five boxes of these food items to Hand in Hand Ministries.”

Magnolia Vargas

Magnolia Vargas, Development Coordinator, Hand in Hand Ministries

“I think it is very generous because sometimes a lot of people when they hear the Red Cross, disaster relief is the first thing that comes to mind. But Red Cross does not only do that, they do a lot more things when there is not a disaster, they have ongoing projects and that is very good. And this is one of their projects and I’m glad to work with Miss Tina Gill with this project. She has been very good and getting these food items for our people is very much appreciated.”

Delahnie Bain

“How will these food hampers be used?”

Magnolia Vargas

“These will go to families that are affected or infected with HIV/ AIDS. That is their main goal and that is one of our goals as well so it will definitely go in that direction.”

Over a dozen high school students volunteered to assist Gill with the packaging of the hampers.

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