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Nov 22, 2017

Ladyville Mom Has New House for Christmas

A deserving mother of three children was the lucky recipient of a house in the Lord’s Bank community, just in time for the upcoming Christmas season. Taralee Burgess and her family were devastated by Hurricane Earl last August and despite having her roof replaced, they were still inconvenienced whenever it rained.  On Monday, Hand in Hand Ministries, through partnership with the Belize Bank, handed over the keys to a new house to Burgess. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

At the extreme end of a dirt road off the Phillip Goldson Highway, in Ladyville, a mother of three received the keys to a brand new home complete with plumbing and electricity—simply ready to move in. Taralee Burgess and her three children were ecstatic when they found out that they were chosen as the lucky recipients of a two-bedroom house courtesy of the Hand in Hand Ministries program and within four days, a team constructed the structure that would now be home to the Burgess family.


Taralee Burgess

Taralee Burgess, Homeowner

“I applied in April of this year and on the tenth, eleventh and twelfth [of November] my house was completed with the help of the Belize National Coastguard, Hand in Hand, friends and neighbors. So I have my beautiful house and I am so happy and excited; can’t wait to move in.”


Duane Moody

“Where were you living before?”


Taralee Burgess

“We were living in the house right at the front here, but last year the hurricane came and blew off the roof. And we try fix it, but it kept leaking and leaking so we got a new house. So that one had one bedroom for all of us, now this one has two bedrooms, so I get mi own room. (Chuckles)”


With the completion of this house just last week, there are now a total of three hundred and thirty-five houses constructed by the Building for Change Program of the Hand in Hand Ministries that seeks to help those most in need with getting a sturdy and adequate roof over their heads.


Bernard Panton

Bernard Panton, Director of Building for Change Program, Hand in hand Ministries

“This is just our program continuing. We are working with the people in most need. And we are blessed that people come to us; they join our family. We call it a family because we call them partners and like I usually say that anybody that comes to our family or wants assistance from us, needs to show that they are sincere and really in need. So that before we would give a house to anybody, they would at least need to build some other houses for other people and to assist in building their own home. And we also have an education component that we add on to the program where we offer basic skills to the people that we assist: parenting, hygiene, education, employability and that kind of thing.”


According to Director Bernard Panton, the size of the houses, gifted to these lucky recipients, has also expanded to a sixteen by twenty structure. This particular project though was funded through the Belize Bank Limited to the tune of about seventeen thousand dollars. It’s the seventh such partnership that Senior Marketing Officer Denise Godfrey says is fitting just in time for the Christmas.


Denise Godfrey

Denise Godfrey, Senior Marketing Officer, Belize Bank

“This initiative is very important for us. It is the seventh year that the Belize Bank has been partnering with Hand in Hand Ministries. We feel that it is very important to give back to the community in which we live and which we work and seeing people like Miss Taralee in dire need for something as simple as a shelter and seeing how we can alleviate that from her.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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