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Oct 16, 2019

A New Homeowner Courtesy Heritage Bank & Hand in Hand Ministries

The Hand in Hand Ministries handed over its thirty-second house for this year. The new home was built in Ladyville and the keys were presented to the owner this afternoon at a handing over ceremony. This house was funded by the Heritage Bank. Reporter Andrea Polanco shares more in the following story.


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Leslie Andrea Smith accepted the keys to her new home with tears of joy. She is the new home owner of a two-bedroom house in Ladyville. The house was gifted by the Heritage Bank through the Hand in Hand Ministries. The Heritage Bank funded the construction of the home – a cost of almost eighteen thousand dollars – and the staff helped to build it. Managing Director of Hand in Hand says the project, the third of its kind with the Hand in Hand Ministries, is rewarding in many ways:


Steven Duncan

Steven Duncan, Managing Director, Heritage Bank

“We were trying to find an organization where we could do community service. We felt that we wanted staff to be a part of it and to develop that attitude of sharing with others. So, we wanted to find something to involve the staff, not just giving money. We do that all year. All kinds of organizations come and ask you for donations. We ended up finding Hand in Hand Ministries.   There is a bigger value for us and it is really staff morale. Coming out like this where staff is able to able to interact with each other at a different level, at a different setting other than work.   When you see your staff members in that kind of setting, that way, it makes a difference how they interact with each other and get back to work the next day and this is the topic; they say ‘bwai you miss out.’ That is building staff morale in a very real and tangible way that you can’t pay a consultant to do that.   But also you see where the money is going and where and how you are helping a person in a real and tangible way. You see the actual joy on the face of that individual.”


And Leslie Smith was a very happy and proud new home owner today when she officially received her house.


Leslie Andrea Smith

Leslie Andrea Smith, Homeowner

“I am always a smiling person and now that I got this house, I will be an even more smiling person than before because I am blessed with this by the good Lord. He blessed me with a two-bedroom house for me and my family.”



“How many people will benefit from this house?”


Leslie Andrea Smith

“Four of us will benefit from this house.”



“How have you contributed to the building of this house?”


Leslie Andrea Smith

“By working for the past three days we have been working in the rain, mud, sun. Nothing didn’t stop us to complete this project.”


Smith’s house marks the three hundred and ninety-fifth house of its kind built in Belize. This is the thirty-second house built for this year. The Hand in Hand Ministries led the project from beginning to end – and it took three days for this house to be built.


Rashida Bertrand

Rashida Bertrand, Social Worker, Hand in Hand Ministries

“The initiative started on a Thursday and by Sunday it was completed. It started from ground up and after preparation of the land. It is a full house. It comes with interior painting, a bathroom that includes plumbing and septic; kitchen and hall space.”


Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

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