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Dec 7, 2022

SIF Projects Focus on Health, Education, Education and Now Agriculture  

Renee Trujillo

On Tuesday night, we showed you the inaugural opening of the Belmopan Polyclinic – funded through the Caribbean Development Bank and implemented by the Social Investment Fund. While it is the last project to be officially launched for 2022, various projects in areas such as water security through rural transformation, heath and education were also completed earlier this year. Public Relations Officer Renee Trujillo shares details on some of the projects coming up in 2023, including one for the agriculture sector.

 

Renee Trujillo, Public Relations Officer, SIF

“There’s been at least a dozen and a lot of it has to do with the education sector where we either go into communities and we refurbish school buildings or we give them new school building. For example, we were in Bella Vista a few months ago where we not only gave a school building, but we also gave new school furniture, we gave laptops to the students so there is a lot of projects that we do in education. Rural transformation, we work a lot with that ministry in doing water systems. A few months ago we were in Crique Jute, way down south in Toledo and believe it or not you are looking at children, four five six seven years old carrying water in buckets from the creek to their homes. They have to get up at four four-thirty in the morning get this water so that they can prepare for schools. And so what SIF did, after getting funding from the funding agency, what we did was install water meters in every single household in Crique Jute so they no longer have to go to the creeks and the wells, they have access to potable clean water inside their homes. We have a new project coming up as well in agriculture. We will be working closely with farmers with funding from the World Bank. We are already staffing for the project and so that kicks off next year so we will be working in agriculture now. We also have BNTF10 project coming up; that’s going to give us more funding to assist in rural transformation, water systems, education and health sector. And for water systems, I can tell you that we already have money from the CARICOM Development Fund, that’s a different funding agency, to put in water systems in Mahogany Heights, San Antonio Village, Georgeville and San Antonio down south. So there are these four projects that are looking to roll out early 2023.”

 


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