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Oct 5, 2010

Improving Social Conditions on the South side

The Millennium Development Goals, MDGs as they are called, are a set of eight goals signed by all UN member states to eradicate extreme poverty, reduce child mortality rates, fight disease epidemics such as AIDS, and to develop a global partnership for development. It’s an ambitious plan that the countries undertook to achieve by 2015. Belize is falling behind on some of the targets but this morning a project was launched that will, over the next eight months, attempt to improve the social conditions in the south side. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

A tripartite effort to successfully achieve several of the objectives outlined in the Millennium Development Goals as it regards the education of women has led to the launch of an eight month project that will see residents of the Lake Independence Area engaged in different activities.  The effort is a result of pooling resources from the Women’s Issues Network, the Youth Enhancement Services and Haven House to address the concerns of women within the framework of the MDGs.  Dorla Rosado is one of the coordinators.

Dorla Rosado, Executive Director, Haven House

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“The initiative is something that the network has always wanted to do because we know that there’s a need.  We know we have issues in relation to reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and gender based violence and specifically domestic violence.  So this is a great opportunity for us to collaborate and since we are a network and as it is we’re trying to build up.  It was an opportunity as I said and we chose this area [because] most of us work in this area and it’s something that we want to do throughout the city.”

Realizing the need to tackle domestic violence as well as sexually transmitted infections aggressively the group has decided to include men in the discussions as they too play an integral role in the cause of both problems.

Karen Cain, Executive Director, Youth Enhancement Services

“We’ll be looking at combating HIV/AIDS through facilitation of the topic and getting the word out and spreading awareness and then to look at having the participants look at sexual and reproductive rights on a whole.  Also referring them to places like BFLA and other places where they can access sexual and reproductive health.”

Equally as important as bringing the community together is the collective endeavor of these member agencies.

Karen Cain

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“Sometimes we work in isolation and that does not really then benefit anyone because with meager resources these days we need to pool all the resources together and so Haven House [along] with Youth Enhancement Services has developed a good relationship over the years and we decided to go at it together.”

The end result, says Rosado, is that the project should reflect an increase in knowledge and application which should assist residents of the area greatly in moving towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Dorla Rosado

“We’re definitely hoping that our evaluation would show that we have made an impact and that would be demonstrated through the men and women accessing the services that are available because we do have services that are available and that this will allow more people to understand that I have an issue, I have problems, I have needs. I can go here and I‘ve learnt that through this project.”

The project is expected to be completed in May of 2011 before moving on to another community that is yet to be determined. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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5 Responses for “Improving Social Conditions on the South side”

  1. Earl Grey says:

    I see nothing about feeding people and improved nutrition…..


  2. Earl Grey says:

    I see nothing about feeding people and improved nutrition…..



  3. Edith says:

    Good luck!

  4. nomatter says:

    Remember all resources should not be wasted just with Southside people, as they are not the only ones who pay taxes or handicapped, why nothing is done in CZL CYO and OWK?

  5. chabelli says:

    this is a case of constructing a bridge then build a river. The problem is job creation and opportunities to study and develpop oneself.

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