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Jun 21, 2012

Rotary Club builds home for single parent

A single mother of seven children was ecstatic today when she received the keys to a new three bedroom house. Stephanie Moriera lived in a crammed small house with her family but the Rotary Club has come to the rescue and Moriera will soon be moving into new accommodations. News Five’s Delahnie Bain was present for the happy occasion.


Stephanie Moreira, Recipient of New House

“It’s wonderful. Great, wonderful, wonderful. The struggles, you know the things that you had to go through; my family of seven receiving a new home is a blessing from God.”


Delahnie Bain, Reporting

Stephanie Moreira is a single mother who has been struggling to provide for seven children. While she has managed to keep them all healthy and in school, the large family has been living in a small, rundown house. Moriera’s needs were recognized by the Rotary Club of Belize, which presented her with the keys to a new house today.


Francis Woods, President, Rotary Club of Belize

“Rotary normally does a house every year for a needy family. This year we got into this area and we talked to pastor Rita Flowers and she recommended Stephanie Moreira and her seven children. Stephanie was going through some hard times and this house really came at the perfect time for Stephanie.”


Stephanie Moreira

Stephanie Moreira

“The condition was kinda rough cause we had a smaller home and I had only one year in the home that I was and I had to find ways to get out in one year time. So the rotary came and did a great job, lifting us up and giving us strength, you know, courage to go on. And the comfort is much better.”


Francis Woods

“Normally, we partner with Hand in Hand Ministries and they have a long list of recipients that are waiting. This time we jumped the gun and checked with Pastor Rita Flowers and it turns out that Miss Stephanie was on Hand in Hand’s list anyway. So we lucked out in two ways.”


Moreira made it onto the list earlier this year and since she had limited at her current residence, getting a new house in such a short time was an unexpected blessing.


Stephanie Moreira

“In April when they came and visit me and told me that they want to put me on the list for a home. I told them I said great, but they told me keep praying because they have other people that are on the list as well. And when they came back and told me that I was accepted, it was a joy. It was a joy for my family and it was so great to hear that I made the list.”


Delahnie Bain

“And you have seven kids, what has been their reaction?”


Stephanie Moreira

“Oh, they were so joy as well, it’s fulfilling you know. The little babies seh mom—when they saw them building the house—they say are those people building our house? I seh yes. She ask who told them to build it. I seh well God send them direct to us. It was like a dream but when we saw actually the material came in, I said wow it’s really happening.”


Because of the size of the family, Rotary President Francis Woods says they went all out for Moreira and her kids.


Francis Woods

Francis Woods

“Stephanie, because she has seven children, we went beyond the normal sixteen by sixteen that we normally do to offer the young ladies—she has five daughters, two sons and herself. So we have a three bedroom house, with a bathroom that can handle three operations at the same time.”


Delahnie Bain

“I know these projects are usually pretty quick, how long did it take to work on this?”


Francis Woods

“We set up the house within two days but the finishing took a while. The finishing took another week or so before we got it all covered. This house has electrical, it has the plumbing. We had to put in a septic tank, soak away, the works. All it needs now is to be hooked up to the main power grid.”


The cost of the house was over the Rotary’s budget, but help came all the way from Canada as well a local Rotarian of forty years, John Searle.


Francis Woods

“This particular project was funded by two important families or folks. We have a Rotary Club from Port Moody, British Colombia, Canada and then of course our Rotary Club and we have an honorary Rotarian that gave ten thousand dollars. The Rotary Club from Canada gave twenty thousand dollars and the total cost of this house in particular was thirty thousand dollars.”


Delahnie Bain

“So you’re ready to move in?”


Stephanie Moreira

“Ready, I’m ready. As soon as I get the electricity, we’ll be moving in. Great thank you to the Rotary.”


Delahnie Bain for News Five.


The Canadian donors have already committed to giving another twenty thousand dollars towards next year’s housing project.

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7 Responses for “Rotary Club builds home for single parent”

  1. congrats says:

    very sweet! good luck miss.

  2. now i see says:

    I dont want to sound bad good for the children but, where is the father of seven children?.

  3. BMNJ says:

    There are so many single mothers struggling in this country. It’s a shame on those ‘boys’ who are not man enough to be there and to provide for their own flesh & blood. Congratulations to Ms Stephanie and raise your children well. A sound and healthy family structure requires teamwork from both partners.

  4. Teragram says:

    now cut the grass

  5. vicky says:


  6. REEL says:

    now Roatary should pay for a tie-off, unless she will never come out of poverty.

  7. sara says:

    Why ask about the whereabouts of the father?We single mothers do not need them to raise our kids. We can show those men we have more b…. than them. We can do better without them.

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