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Nov 5, 2019

Hand in Hand Ministries and Social Security Help Single Mom Own a New Home

The family of Amanda Leiva is resting comfortably tonight in their new home. The mother of two received the keys to their new home this afternoon. Hand in Hand Ministries who has a proud record of assisting needy families partnered with the Social Security Board to provide the Leiva’s their new home. Here’s that story.


Amanda Carmelita Leiva, New Home Owner

“This mean a lot to me. This is a dream i wished and my dream came true.”



“How long were you waiting for something like this?”


Amanda Carmelita Leiva

“My entire life. (Laughs)”


Duane Moody, Reporting

Amanda Leiva and her two children are spending their first night in their new home on Antigua Street in Orange Walk Town.  The single mom waited for about a year before she received the good news back in September. It was then that the Social Security Board took up the project as part of its corporate social responsibility initiative. SSB staff and volunteers with Hand in Hand Ministries teamed up and built the small family their home over the weekend.


Chandra Cansino

Chandra Cansino, General Manager, Corporate Customer Relations Service, S.S.B.

“This was the perfect choice because it combines both community service, it combines volunteering from the staff that came out the entire weekend and put in all the labor that was needed to get this house built in almost, about three and a half days.”


Amanda Carmelita Leiva

Amanda Carmelita Leiva

“When I received the phone call that i received the house, i cried. It meant a lot to me. I cried, and cried and cried. I thank everyone who prayed for me. Honestly, I’m very happy.”


The house features one bedroom, kitchen space and bathroom. It cost just over nineteen thousand dollars and was fully sponsored by the Social Security Board. This is the three hundred and ninety-seventh house that Hand in Hand Ministries has handed over. The organization is based in and works primarily in Belize City but once in a while they extend their work to other districts.


Rashida Bethran

Rashida Bethran, Director of Building for Change Program

“For clients all the way outside of twenty-five miles which is our margin, it’s a longer process. We only go this far if we have a local organization who is interested in building in the specific locations.”


This is the S.S.B.’s first collaboration with Hand in Hand Ministries since it embarked on its initiative and its staff will be undertaking its second project over the coming weekend in Dangriga.  Duane Moody for News Five.

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