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Jul 25, 2014

Berkley Street fire victim get help from Salvation Army

On Thursday morning, three families were displaced by separate fires in Belize City. Today, Jenise Ramirez and her two children, ages six and four, received some assistance courtesy of Salvation Army. Ramirez’s house and its contents were destroyed in the blaze on Berkley Street that was started by her eldest son who was playing with a lighter.


Jenise Ramirez, Fire Victim

“I feel grateful for everybody and that Salvation Army is helping me and my children them. They first thought of us and we will be strong and continue move on and see if we can get more…some bedding, some clothing, some more food stuff and get on our feet back. The good lord is with us so I’ll stand strong to do it.”


Chelsea Wagner

Jenise Ramirez

“What was the experience for the fire like with you?”


Jenise Ramirez

“Well my kids were traumatized. They didn’t know what to do; people were just around me, people were there. People were back and forth recommending, bad talking, but we still standing. So my kids with their mother is still living and still strong, they’ll be okay. We went there this morning, we cried, we talk, but it is still there. So we good.”


Joliker Leandre

Major Joliker Leandre, Regional Commander, Salvation Army

“My wife was watching the news and she was very touched when she saw the single mother affected by the tragedy. It is a tragedy because it can happen to anybody. And so she said we need to find someway to help. So we made the contact today and we want to say thanks to the sponsors—sponsors who had recently given us a bunch TVs so we can distribute it and help people in time of need like these. So we have our sponsor First Caribbean Bank who has been very gracious to us. So we say thanks to God and to you guys to giving us the opportunity. It is through the news items that we know what’s happening around us and we can reach out to each other.”

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1 Response for “Berkley Street fire victim get help from Salvation Army”

  1. Sherlette Gentle says:

    I understand the Salvation Army wanted to help that family but seriously? What happend to the other families, They also lost everything in that fire. They choose to help one family that’s not Christ like. Miss Andrews lives alone and is elderly in case you didn’t notice, she went to help those bad kids and try to help them. Her life doesn’t count ? That is just bullshit. She could be living on the streets and no one cares about her and the others. That woman dont deserve for me to call her by her name.She needs to do parenting classes to raised her kids properly, and It would be nice if they will bring charges on the babysitter for neglect. She should have took a bath before going to work , she had a job t do and she didn’t do it. If you ask the neighbors about those kids and you will get a earful from them. Yes her and her kids are alive, but who help them out. She makes my blood boil of her ignorance about her kids.She said people are saying bad things to her , they have all right, I guess she forgot when her kids were hunger Miss Andrews gave them food.So instead of galvanized her, help the other families out that needs assistant.

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