Kids in the Jungle Area of Belize City are participating in a basketball tournament organized by Philip “Fawda” Henry from the “Du di rait thing” program. According to Henry, the tournament is targeted at children affected by gang violence to assist them from the mental trauma they may be subjected to. The tournament began today and will run for four days, with a Father’s Day event on the last day. Henry says that the event will assist children from ages 5 to 18 to stay off the streets and away from the gangs by giving them a chance to showcase their athletic skills.
Philip “Fawda” Henry, Du di rait thing Program: “Every single child here have been through a lot with their parents, never received groceries from all these problems with the coronavirus, never received any packages at all but today they received. They were awarded medals to every one of them today get a medal for the football tournament, we have MVP, we have awarded for throwing up football, lime and spoon, so all these children achieved today but what I want to share with the leaders out there today is to focus on communities, communities that cannot afford to take care of themselves because of the underprivileged family members out there; if you don’t do that then you’re not going to get the chance to be elected in this country. Me as Philip “Father” Henry have taught all schools across this country safety but I see the need that every one of these little boys and girls out here if we don’t step up to the plate and look after them they will be in crime and violence. So today what have I done? Because the AG lifted the the curfew to a later time of twelve o’clock I have decided to come here and keep all these children in this community so what I have done I have kept them in the jungle from straying away into different communities where the crime and violence will happen so I have to big up the Commissioner of Police who I am doing this also to help.”
We also spoke with some of the children about their experience living in their neighbourhood.