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Jun 22, 2022

120 Acres of Land for Farming Initiative with At-Risk Youths

This afternoon at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel, a lease signing agreement was endorsed by the Ministry of Home Affairs through the Belize Police Department and the Leadership Intervention Unit. Government has entered into rental contract with Doctor Alvaro Rosado and his wife for the use of a hundred and twenty acre parcel of land in Grace Bank Village. The property will be used for farming and will facilitate as many as twenty at-risk youths who are serious about turning their lives.

 

Kareem Musa

Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs

“This actually formed the basis of a Cabinet paper that was extremely comprehensive and included all faucets of improving the lives of these young men and women whether it be in education which we already see materializing in the form of the classes from Dr. McKay, as well as free education on the south side of Belize City which will be implemented in August of this year.  In addition to that, the employment opportunities. As you know, the last administration notoriously spent seven million dollars in a span of months in terms of an employment program.  But this has, in fact, and I can say this there’s only a two-million dollar budget that we have for an entire year, but our young men still have jobs to this day, since last October.”

 

William Dawson

William Dawson, Chair, Leadership Intervention Unit

“We are sure that the young men who will be accessing this property are people who really want the opportunity to change their lives, not people who just want to skylark and play around.  These things are part of a bigger plan so that there can be that socioeconomic inclusion like we’ve said.  We want them to be able to tap into the resources that are available and have access to a better lifestyle and opportunities so that they don’t have to think about criminal activity to survive.”


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