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Sep 16, 2019

Eglah’s Training Center Gets Much Needed Space

With assistance from Hand in Hand Ministries, the Eglah’s Training Center for Women and Families, has added new space to accommodate more persons and expand its range of services.  The Centre is located on Raccoon Street, Belize City. It provides programmes in literacy to persons from all walks of life no matter their gender or age. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo reports.


Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

For more than a decade, Eglah’s Training Center for Women and Families has been “providing leadership, basic life, and literacy skills.”


Myrna Willoughby

Myrna Willoughby, Officer Emeritus, Eglah’s Training Center

“The programme that we offer is literacy and it does not cover only English and Reading but also Math and the Cals Programme that was gained from Restore Belize.  From the inception of Eglah’s I think in 2005, we have seen at least a hundred people pass through Eglah’s. Some have migrated to the states, the young people went to high school and now they have graduated. So it has been quite a lot.”


Every year the numbers keep growing. This is why Hand in Hand Ministries was contacted to assist in the building of twenty by twenty wooden ‘mobile building’ which will provide additional and much-needed space to their headquarters on Raccoon Street.


Rashida Bethran

Rashida Bethran, Social Worker, Hand in Hand Ministries

“The partnership is unique because this is one of the first twenty by twenty structure that Hand in Hand has ever built. Second, the structure that Hand in Hand has ever built outside the scope of building for the use of a home for a family.  Hand in Hand provided volunteer assistance in terms of expertise and our building coordinator who assisted in overseeing the entire project in the building process.”


The building processed involved key partners such as Atlantic Bank, Brads Gaming Company and RESTORE Belize. The centre caters for persons of all walks of life and its goal is to contribute to the development of literacy in Belize.


Myrna Willoughby

“There is a very, very big need for literacy in my country because I remember that literacy is at a high level. Now it is way down there. Even students from the high school would come in and I am amazed. Unfortunately, that we are here for so long there is quite a number of people that do not utilize the services that we offer probably because of financial reasons. Others I know is because of pride, especially the males.  We had a student at the age of sixty-six. She has not migrated to the states. We have another one who was younger who was unable to spell her name and write. But after four, five years being here at Eglah’s under the guidance of Ms. Alma Eiley she has improved so much. She is able to write her name, basically, do everything.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

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