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Oct 18, 2018

Hand in Hand Ministries Hands Over 360Th House to Belize City Family

Egbert Ferguson and his family today officially received the keys to a newly constructed house courtesy of Hand in Hand Ministries and Heritage Bank Limited. It was the three hundred and sixtieth house that Hand in Hand Ministries hand over at a cost of a little more than seventeen thousand dollars which Heritage Bank provided. It was a special day for Ferguson and his family as they have had been affected by Hurricane Earl in 2016 and since then, have been seeking assistance. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo has the story.

 

Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

Heritage Bank Limited partnered with Hand in Hand Ministries to build and handover its three hundred and sixtieth house. The recipient of the house is Egbert Ferguson of Belize City. Programme Director for Hand in Hand Ministries is Bernard Panton Senior.

 

Bernard Panton Sr., Program Director, Hand in Hand Ministries

Bernard Panton Sr.

“We built a house at a time, one at a time. It is a regular process and before you know they start to multiply. It is just like the other day we were building house number one. Now we are at three hundred and sixty, a house at a time, a family at a time-day by day.”

 

For one year and nine months, Egbert Ferguson has been waiting for this day. His family was greatly affected by Hurricane Earl in August 2016. Ever since then, Ferguson has been knocking on doors of several organizations seeking assistance.  Hand in Hand Ministries heard his cries and began making moves to get him a new house.

 

Egbert Ferguson

Egbert Ferguson, Recipient of House

“I already slept in there already. From Sunday, from the roof was put on I started to sleep here; a better sleep. I can stretch out. I can roll. The chair I was sleeping in, I could not roll because if I roll I would hurt one of them.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Ram jammed, now you have…”

 

Egbert Ferguson

“Don’t say rammed jammed, it sounds bad. Sardine in tin. All I have to say now is that we have to coach the little girl how to take care of it.”

Total funding for the house was provided by Heritage Bank Limited. But besides financial assistance, Heritage Bank deployed some of its employees to help construct the house.

 

Stacie Soberanis

Stacie Soberanis, H.R. Manager, Heritage Bank Ltd.

“The staff who could also came out this past weekend to contribute their time and energy and sweat into putting up the house. So we learned how to hammer a nail. We learned how to assemble the wall. We were involved in all aspects.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.


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