Embassy of Taiwan Donates Computers to Belize Ministry of Youth
The Ministry of Youth has received five desktop computers through assistance from the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The donation was courtesy of the Simply Help Foundation, a US-based Taiwanese NGO working with the Taiwanese government. This morning the equipment was handed over to the Department of Youth Services to assist in the organization’s everyday operations. Love News was there and spoke to Ambassador Lily Li-Wen Hsu and Minister of Youth Rodwell Ferguson about the importance of the donation.
Lily Li-Wen Hsu, Ambassador: “This foundation has been continually providing assistance to people in need around the world, particularly to Taiwan’s diplomatic allies like Belize. So when I heard that the minister told me, the Minister of Youth told me that they do need such kind of equipment to facilitate and also support the young people here in Belize. I reached out to them, to the foundation and worked with them to make this happen. So we are really grateful this is a public-private partnership teamwork.”
Rodwell Ferguson, Minister of Youth, Sports and Transport: “We approached the ambassador less than three months ago and asked her if she can contribute some computers to the Department of Human Services. She told us she would do everything possible for it to be done. And she went out and started doing her research and she was successful in getting five computers from the Simply Help Foundation. That’s a foundation based in the US but the people are originally from Taiwan. So they work closely with the government of Taiwan. And the Taiwan government and the ambassador paid for the computers to come in Belize. This is a very good initiative because with the rising crime in this country we are trying to find a way to curb crime. Just two weeks ago we had several murders and we have to find a solution and the best solution is to change the mindset of our young people. If we can do that, then we can have a transformed society. So as the Minister of Youth I’m hopeful that we can accomplish the objective. We are a country of only 400,000 people, and I believe if we work hard and diligently, it can be done.”