The Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) is partnering with HelpAge Belize to bring holiday cheer to some golden citizens. This year, one hundred and fifty hefty Christmas hampers have been prepared and are being distributed to the elderly country wide. Some of them in Seine Bight Village in Stann Creek received their hampers. Correspondent Harry Arzu reports.
Harry Arzu, Stann Creek Correspondent: HelpAge Belize is a non governmental organization that functions on a district and national level as part of a global network to achieve lasting improvement in the physical, emotional and spiritual lives of older persons.
Ivorine Bulwer, Executive Director, HelpAge Belize: “We do have people who support us throughout the year. Throughout the year we have people like Grace Kennedy on an ongoing basis, BEL on an ongoing basis. We have Salvador Habet I’m not sure how many years he has been contributing financially to purchase pampers.”
Harry Arzu, Stann Creek Correspondent: Ivorine Bulwer who is the executive director added that the organization empowers older persons by providing relevant services and creating an enabling environment to achieve ageing with dignity. Well today HelpAge Belize is serving older persons in the western part of the country. Only yesterday they were in Seine Bight Village. Bulwar tells us more.
Ivorine Bulwer, Executive Director, HelpAge Belize: “Partnership from Belize Electricity Limited you know they have been a great supporter of HelpAge and older persons. So we received one hundred and fifty packages, Christmas hampers for older persons. And those hampers are valued per hamper like a hundred and thirteen dollars. It contains twenty eight different items and we have been distributing these items across the country. Whenever we have things like these hampers we make sure that we distribute the majority of our items would go to Seine Bight. Added to that we distributed ham, turkey for the chairperson to do a Christmas dinner for our older persons in that community. We reached fifteen persons. They were heft hampers. Hampers containing peanut butter, baked beans, oats, Happy Cow Cheese, coffee, tea, choco milk, condensed milk, a bottle of concentrate, powdered milk, corn flakes, Grace Tuna in water, cooking oil, coconut milk, rice, beans, sugar, tooth brush, toothpaste, soap, toilet paper. So we really see the need to bring joy to older persons in that community. You know they were extremely thankful. It brought joy because they were expecting hampers but what we delivered they were two large bags of goodies.”