The Belize Indian Merchants Association (BIMA) is doing their part for the community with a handsome donation to the Salvation Army and the Welcome Resource Center. They donated $1,000 in cash as well as over $10,000 worth of footwear and apparel. Today, we spoke with the Honorary Council General of India in Belize who told us why he chose those organizations.
Arun Hotchandani, Honorary Council General of India in Belize: “We know that these two organizations are doing an excellent job in trying to keep up with assisting the needy and this is our small way of trying to assist in that way. So I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge members of BIMA, the president, the board of directors who have actually all gathered together to get this donation on going. We’ve always said that Belize is our new home and you know the Free Zone has always been looked at as a business venture but at the same time we also have a moral obligation to the community, to Belize, we have to be a part of the development and I think that these two organizations are doing an exceptionally good job. People give donations to different organizations but these two I think are selected for the excellent job and it’s the people who they cater to, it’s the needy, it’s the elderly, it’s the people who don’t have and the resource center is also for the disabled so we’re trying our best to reach out to the community in a broader horizon just not in one or two categories.”
We also spoke with representatives from the organizations, who stated what the donation will be used for.
Joyce Ellis Administrator, Welcome Resource Centre: The donation will be used to assist us with the day to day running of our centre. When the centre started we started with one meal, that’s the lunch, now we are doing breakfast and we also want to look at doing the evening supper. So we did our calculation and everything and we said an additional fifteen hundred will allow us to do supper in the evening for our participants so this is like a starter for us. We are already at a thousand dollars for this month so it will go a long way in order to help our participants with getting that additional meal that they need for the day.”
Major Jonathan Kellman, Salvation Army: “As you know the Salvation Army has a number of units and institutions so we would have to cater mainly towards our monthly food distribution. Yes we have food pantries but that’s separate, we actually have one that is catered specifically to senior citizens and the marginalized and they come and the first Wednesday of the month we have them registered but more people come on board. We had just actually finished our campaign for Christmas, we just closed that off in January when I got the call about this contribution and I was kinda a bit happy to hear that because we did come slightly under our target for the Christmas and that appeal caters for stuff not just at Christmas but throughout the year and so this is now a boost to the program because now we’re going cater it especially to the seniors that come to the monthly welfare.”
BIMA has done other donations to charities in the past and they have pledged to continue their work in Belize.