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Dec 12, 2012

Red Cross video proves poverty in Jane Usher and surrounding areas exists

As part of the project, a ten minute video was also launched highlighting the work that the Red Cross has been doing in the Jane Usher Boulevard area and how community involvement has improved conditions. The images, however, also show the great need that still exists in the poverty stricken areas.


Lily Bowman

Lily Bowman

“We had launched a video and it’s a part of our program that we were doing over the summer, again with the Jane Usher Boulevard showing how the situation right now links to climate change. We’re already seeing the effects, but we show a Jane Usher Boulevard that is run down, that is suffering from kind of neglect, the families are using garbage for land fill, the homes are all in terrible state of repair, they are all prone to flooding and this happens as I mentioned before with just regular rainfall. It shows though, on a positive side the work that the Belize Red Cross has been doing with this community, how they have formed into a tightly knit disaster response team, how they have been trained, equipped, developed and they are now even registered as the JUNA, which is the Jane Usher Neighborhood Association and we are very proud of them. So it shows, yes a community that was neglected to a certain point and is in a state that needs a lot of improvement and a lot of attention. But also, it shows a community fighting on their own to make a positive change.”


During the two months, a cleanup campaign was also started with equipment purchased through funding from the Norwegian Red Cross. Plans are now underway for the Belize Red Cross to start new projects in two communities that have not yet been chosen.

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3 Responses for “Red Cross video proves poverty in Jane Usher and surrounding areas exists”

  1. Al says:

    Did a light bulb just go on. You do not need to do a study to know that there are pockets of poverty in Belize. What makes Jane Usher Blvd so different from all the other areas that are filled with shacks and leaning buildings, dwellings that you can see the sun through. If you want to do a study on poverty make it a city or country wide study, make it make sense.

  2. Storm says:

    You go, AL! you’re totally right. In fact, Jane Usher looks pretty upscale compared to many other barrios in the Jewel. And sadly, poverty is spreading like a cancer across the Jewel, so things are getting worse.

    Power to the People!

  3. Ixchel Pop says:

    Please tell us something we don’t already know…the politics of dependency has really crippled our community in to thinking that we must do things for them. Look at the video very carefully…because that is where we are headed in the long run, all our social indicators are down…we are regressing very quickly….we are a failed state and only a revolution will do the necessary change.

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