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Nov 4, 2011

CISCO wants to employ At-risk Youths

Phase two of the Southside Rejuvenation Project is expected to start soon and Prime Minister Dean Barrow has made it clear that government will look favorably upon project bids tendered by CISCO Construction Limited. That’s because CISCO, through Unite Belize and Kolbe Foundation, has embarked on an initiative to employ at risk youths to do labor intensive jobs. CISCO Director, Francis Woods says that they young men worked hard and were very motivated in their first project on Bishop Street. According to Woods, the biggest reward to the company is being able to provide jobs at a time when the country needs it most.

Francis Woods, Director, CISCO Construction

“It’s more Unite Belize and the Kolbe Foundation. There’s one particular project, Bishop Street between Regent and Albert that we did and CISCO provided supervisors to oversee that particular job. It was about two hundred feet by thirteen feet of concrete street that we did using roughly fifteen to sixteen guys.”

Delahnie Bain

“And you guys are expecting to continue working with the youths?”

Francis Woods

Francis Woods

“Absolutely, through the Unite Belize, we found that mixing concrete is a great way to employ those guys. They love that type of work, it’s hard work and they just love it. So we applied that to that particular street. that street was funded by the Prime Minister, Scotiabank and B.T.L. and we hope to do others. We’ve identified South Street, Ferrel Lane and the street right next to the park and we’re just presently waiting on BWS and I think B.T.L. to do some ground work before we go over it and do it with concrete.”

Delahnie Bain

“Okay, and it was mentioned to me that you guys have hopes of taking on bigger projects to continue with the employment of these youths in the project.”

Francis Woods

“Okay, the street work project—doing it with concrete and using barrel mixers just is a way to employ a lot of people. You can get the same quality concrete using a barrel mixer than with these big fancy trucks. And it’s something that CISCO Construction is looking at—well, not looking at—we are going to use barrel mixers if we are successful in these jobs that we’re bidding on in town. They are funded by OPEC and they are called the Poverty Alleviation Project and there are three of them coming up soon. And we hope that if we get it, we will use the same methodology that we used on Bishop Street where each team is about fifteen guys—that’s per barrel mixer. Jobs like that one that’s coming up, we’ll probably have like eight to ten barrel mixers going at the same time so that’s a tremendous amount of guys that would be working versus when you’re doing it with a big concrete truck. It’s something that’s different for us and we’ve worked hard at getting the economics of it to work out; it’s a lot more logistics to work out but we know for sure that it will be beneficial to the community because there will be a lot more people employed. We are presently working on a away for folks that want to help sponsor a street or to help the youth and at risk young men by sponsoring a street or a section of a street. We’re working the formula on that and trying to build a website—that kinda stuff—to get folks that might live abroad to help Belize by doing a section of a street using these folks.”

Woods says that if CISCO wins the bid for the Poverty Alleviation Project, they could employ over a hundred, and possibly up to two hundred a- risk youths just in time for the Christmas season.

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2 Responses for “CISCO wants to employ At-risk Youths”

  1. Eve says:

    I”m so happy to read this story finally something positive in the news. I love the fact that they want to do a website for people like us who live abroad can donate to something so positive and something that will benefit the people of Belize. I am glad channel 5 did this story I was able to see a family member that had fallen victim to the wrong way of life doing something positive with his life!! Kudos to Cisco construction and lets hope that more proogrammes like this continue!

  2. Iniate says:

    Excellent Francis! i will donate my 20 dollars online as soon as the website is up and I bet thousands will do the same. Let us know when the site is up!

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