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Oct 9, 2013

Contracts for Community Action for Public Safety Project signed

A contract of more than three million dollars was signed today for the construction of facilities at Gwen Lizarraga High School, the Youth Hostel and the Hattieville prison. The project is targeting at risk youths and has a life of four years. Duane Moody has that story.


Duane Moody, Reporting

B.A.E. Constructions and Usher Constructions have successfully been hired as contractors to build a Youth Center at the Gwen Lizarraga High School Compound and a Dormitory Facility, Resource/Visitor’s Center and the Rehabilitation of the Carpentry Building and Sporting Grounds at the Youth Hostel at mile twenty-one on the George Price Highway. Construction is set at a cost of approximately three point three million dollars, and is the infrastructure portion of a Community Action for Public Safety (CAPS) Project.


Judith Alpuche, C.E.O., Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation & Poverty Alleviation

Judith Alpuche

“We have been working for some years now, along with the Inter-American Development Bank, in putting together a project and this has been a multi-ministry effort. The ministry of human development happens to be the executing agency on this project called the Community Action for Public Safety. And Mister Requeña, who is the project manager, will tell you much more on this. But this has been a multi-ministry effort that includes the ministry of Education youths and sports as well as the ministry of finance and economic development; restore Belize and the office of the prime minister have been close allies in putting this project together and getting us to where we are.”


The four-year ten million dollar CAPS Project is being financed through a Loan Agreement between the Government of Belize and the Inter-American Development Bank. The initiative’s objective is to contribute to the reduction of youth involvement in major violent crime in Belize City. Program Coordinator, Elvis Requeña.


Elvis Requeña

Elvis Requeña, Program Coordinator

“The project is composed of three main components; namely: the school based positive youth development component which is the responsibility for the most part of the ministry of education youth and sports. That component’s objective is to reduce youth involvement in criminal activities and youth violent behavior in the schools which are beneficiary of the program. In this case those schools are Saint Luke’s Methodist Primary School and Gwen Lizarraga High School.  This ladies and gentlemen is a rendition of what is envisioned will be the youth center when it is completed. The location is Gwen Liz and it consists of recreational area for indoor, games and fitness center, a small auditorium and counseling room; classrooms, counseling and tutoring rooms, administrative areas, resource center for computers, kitchen, and kitchenette among other facilities. This youth center is to be built at a cost of one million five hundred and twenty-two thousand, forty-nine dollars and seventy cents.  The second component of the project which is the support for juvenile social rehabilitation. The objective of this project is to reduce recidivism among youth in the intervened juvenile rehabilitation institutions. These institutions are the Youth Hostel, the youth Cadet Corps and the Wagner’s Youth facility.”


The infrastructure project is expected to last twelve months. Duane Moody for News Five.

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1 Response for “Contracts for Community Action for Public Safety Project signed”

  1. Initiate says:

    Money is flowing!!

    You see me mowing

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