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Sep 4, 2019

U.D.P Standard Bearer weighs in on Graham Creek hardship

On Monday, it was Dennis Garbutt’s first time in Graham Creek. While he has worked all his life in the waters in southern Belize, he says he had never ventured into the village before. He says that while the hardship he witnessed must change, he also saw hope and potential in the village. Garbutt says he will use his visit and dialogue to try to lobby for the villagers should he get the opportunity to represent them. Here’s what he had to say about his experience.


Dennis Garbutt, UDP Standard Bearer, Toledo

Dennis Garbutt

“The experience walking in that muddy water and that journey that should have taken half an hour and took an hour plus, was something for me. It showed me the resilience of these people. It showed me that people are hardworking and willing to survive in difficult places but they are very happy and that opportunities do exist everywhere in Belize. I was just talking to the kids just now and it took me back to my childhood days growing up in Punta Negra without road connection and I look at this could see the educational opportunity. I am wondering in my time when I had to go to high school I had to leave the community to go high school I look at how will a child from standard six moves on to get a high school diploma. We definitely need to continue to help. I know the Ministry is helping with some of that. The education part jumps out at me immediately that those opportunities need to be provided to these people in the remote areas even more than some of the more developed area.  But then we look at the condition – I haven’t heard a vehicle for quite some hours now – the last time was in PG. Meaning that it is so remote from other places and it makes me think about health care services. Imagine a woman having a baby in this particular location; imagine the hardship to get them in a community that can provide that type of service. I see the need for dialogue for understanding the dynamics of what is happening here with the people and that is one of the reasons that brought me here today.”

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