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Nov 14, 2018

Belize City Family Receives Newly Built House

Hand in Hand Ministries today delivered house number three hundred and sixty-one to a Belize City family. The house, valued at seventeen thousand dollars, was built for Lisa Buller and her three children. Buller and her family had been living in an unsafe house which was also in a state of disrepair. The house was built with financial assistance from Belize Water Services. An elated Lisa Buller told News Five’s Hipolito Novelo how happy she is to finally own a new home.


Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

The Buller family of Rose Penn Road once called this dilapidated wooden structure home. But not anymore and that’s because Hand in Hand Ministries, with financial backing from Belize Water Services, embarked on a journey to build house number six hundred and sixty-one and hand over the keys to Lisa Buller.


Lisa Buller

Lisa Buller, House Recipient

“As you can see, my home is in deplorable condition because I almost got hurt in that home, coming down in going to work in the morning. So BWS reached out to me and told me that they were going to build for me right away because apparently I fell off my steps and hurt myself.”


The two-bedroom house was built in less than a week. Buller and her family satisfied the criteria in order to receive the house. Requirements such as owning a piece of land, earning less than one thousand, two hundred dollars a month and committing to attend all events related to Hand in Hand Ministries.


Bernard Panton Sr.

Bernard Panton Sr., Director for Projects, Hand in Hand Ministries

“The cost of the house is about seventeen thousand dollars Belize. It is built in a very familiar way where we come together and everybody comes together and build this home. It’s a two bedroom home. When we built we don’t complete the house with everything. There is something left in there for the homeowner to actually participate in and continue to build.”


Hipolito Novelo

“Talk to us about how long it took to build the house and the participation with BWS employees and the general feelings that the volunteers experienced in building someone’s house.”


Bernard Panton Sr.

“Well, we normally take three to four days to build this house. This was like four days. People came together and it wasn’t like they came to do any hard work. It was like everybody chatting and talking together but works being done at the same time. It’s like when you have a hardworking crew and enough manpower you get the work done easily. We usually build the walls on the ground so by the time that these walls are up, people who are around this area are amazed because they didn’t see or realized that we were building on the ground all the while and suddenly there is a house. It was amazing.”


For Buller, receiving a new home is more than amazing. It’s a second chance for three children to grow up in a safer environment.


Lisa Buller

 “I am very happy about it. I am very happy to own a new home. I am very glad to BWS for giving me the opportunity to live in a new home.”


Hipolito Novelo

“When you were told that hand in Hand Ministries along with BWS was going to give you a new home, what was your first thought?”


Lisa Buller

“Well, I was very happy about it because of the conditions of my home, I needed a home. So I was very excited and happy when I heard the news.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

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